Robert Singer to join Benetton Group Board. Nomination to be proposed at the next Shareholders’ Meeting

Ponzano 26 April, 2006 - Robert Singer, 54 years old, the present Chief Executive Officer of Barilla Holding, will be proposed as a new member of the Benetton Group Board of Directors. At the next shareholders’ meeting, which will be held on 9th May, the shareholders will be called on to nominate the Board of Directors.

The experience, the strong personal profile and the successes achieved by Mr. Singer during his career will contribute to strengthening the strategic vision of the Benetton Board, adding new professional skills in support of the Group’s projects for development and growth.

Robert Singer, currently Chief Executive Officer of Barilla Holding Spa, has a long experience in the fashion sector as President and Chief Operating Officer of Abercrombie and Fitch, prior to that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gucci Group N.V..


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