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Prada Group appoints new head of diversity, equity and inclusion

Tom Shearsmith
22 October 2020

The Prada Group has announced the appointment of Malika Savell as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

In her role, Savell will be responsible for developing policies, strategies and programs to help ensure diverse representation of cultures and perspectives at all levels of the company.

She will be in charge of working with the Group’s global leadership to strengthen the inclusive culture and advancement for the company’s talents.

Savell will work closely with Prada’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, chaired by artist and activist Theaster Gates and award-winning writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay, to continue providing opportunities for students of colour and investing in scholarship, internship and apprenticeship programs.

Savell will also collaborate with the Council and the Group’s creative and design teams to keep the company abreast of global social awareness around race, culture and politics.

Previously, Savell was the Director of Cultural Diversity, Partnerships & Engagement at LVMH, where she had been recognised for creating diversity, brand equity and inclusion initiatives that help drive engagement and experiences for internal and external stakeholders.

Lorenzo Bertelli, Prada Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, said: “Malika is a dynamic, impact driven leader and I am excited to welcome her to Prada. She brings a wealth of exceptional skills and experiences to Prada and I, and the entire executive team, look forward to working alongside her to strengthen our culture and diversity and inclusion efforts within the company and throughout the fashion industry.”

Malika Savell added: "For over a century, Prada's visionary work has shaped the course of the fashion industry and continues to connect individuals and creatives worldwide through a shared appreciation of innovation, style, and quality.

“I'm honoured to be part of a strong leadership team that supports our talented employees by enhancing the company culture and global influence to ensure that the Prada Group continues to reflect the diverse world we live in.”

In 2018, she was named Event Marketers’ 35 Under 35, a list of the top 35 experiential marketers in the U.S. under the age of 35.

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