Former Alexander McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd joins Versace as new CEO

Versace has recently appointed Jonathan Akeroyd as its new CEO. Until 9th May, Akeroyd held the same position at Alexander McQueen from 2004.

He will take over from Gian Giacomo Ferraris, who was in charge of Versace since 2009. The announcement was made by the fashion label in a press release, giving no explanation about Ferraris’ departure, while thanking the former CEO for “his excellent work”.

Jonathan Akeroyd was Merchandising Director at London department store Harrods for 15 years. “His vision and experience will be key elements in leading Versace through a new expansion phase,” said the label’s Vice-President and Creative Director, Donatella Versace.

The appointment feels like a small retaliation by the Italian label. Jonathan Akeroyd comes in fact from Alexander McQueen, a brand belonging to the Kering group like Yves Saint Laurent, which last April hired as Creative Director Anthony Vaccarello, who was until then in charge of Versace’s younger line Versus Versace.

Jonathan Akeroyd, CEO Versace