YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP appoints Chief People Officer

September 20, 2016

Hire of Deborah Lee marks a key step in global expansion

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP S.p.A., (MTA: YNAP) (“YNAP”), the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer, today announces the appointment of Deborah Lee as Chief People Officer.

Lee takes responsibility for defining YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP’s global HR vision to engage talent through innovative culture, leadership and management strategies. Starting her new role in January 2017, she joins the Group Executive Team and will report to Federico Marchetti, Chief Executive Officer of YNAP. Lee will be based in YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP’s London offices and will manage and grow the global HR team with direct reports in Milan, Bologna, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Lee brings 20 years of experience leading international HR functions for a number of BT Group’s largest organizations including heading up the Group Learning function. She has M&A experience having led the people and culture integration stream for BT Group’s £12.5bn acquisition of EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator. She is also credited for introducing innovative HR practices that promote a flexible work-life balance.

Most recently, she served as Chief HR Officer at BT Global Services, a tech leader with an 18,000 strong workforce providing services to global multinationals across 180 countries. During her time there, Lee drove the transformation of HR and boosted employee engagement through a focus on talent, training and metrics.

Lee studied in England (Imperial College London), Italy (Bocconi) and the US (University of Michigan). In 2013, she was selected as a Financial Times expert on “Human transformation in the digital age” and is active on several think tanks and advisory panels.

Lee’s appointment further demonstrates YNAP’s strong commitment to executing the growth plan unveiled in July 2016, emphasizing the Group’s overarching drivers, customer centricity and mobile-first innovation, with people at the heart of its strategies.