Cecilia Takayama, who joined Kering in 2007, is director of the company’s Materials Innovation Lab (MIL). Previously she worked as COO of Gucci Group Japan in Tokyo and in the Gucci Group strategy & acquisitions department in Paris.
In her current role at Kering Takayama has been integral to embedding sustainability across the group by managing the strategy and operations of the MIL. Located in Northern Italy the MIL boasts a comprehensive library of over 2,000 sustainably certified fabrics. In addition to overseeing the MIL’s team of experts in textiles, alternative materials, R&D and supply chains, Takayama drives cross-cutting approaches to material innovation. As a key resource for Kering’s brands, the MIL supports and promotes the integration of more sustainable materials into the brands’ supply chains.
Takayama holds an MBA in luxury brand management from ESSEC Business School, a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA with honours from Stanford University.