SALA CEO chairs Luxury Panel in Shanghai at the China Luxury Summit

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Silvana Bottega, CEO of SALA, was invited to chair the second day and to moderate a panel of luxury leaders in China. Silvana who spent 3,5 years in Shanghai knows the market and dimensions well and noted, “I am proud to be associated with CLIA: their association is leading the way in terms of servicing and supporting the needs of luxury brands in China, the key market for luxury goods. In South Africa, we are very humble knowing that although we fall part of the BRICs we have a long way to go on the luxury spectrum and we have a lot to learn from dynamic global markets like China, India, Brazil and Russia.

The prestigious panel included:

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Mr. Benjamin Bilteryst

Managing Director Asia Pacific, Christofle

Mr. Bilteryst has been working in Asia for the past 14 years. Mr. Bilteryst joined Christofle in 2007 as the Head of Asia Pacific based in Shanghai. Christofle has been set up in China for more than 15 years through retail, wholesale and B2B (hotels and restaurants). Prior to joining Christofle, Mr. Bilteryst has held assignments as GM for foreign invested companies in China, including Fortune 500. Since 2009, Mr. Bilteryst has been elected twice board member of French Chamber of Commerce in China. Mr. Bilteryst has also been appointed Vice President of China Luxury Industry Association in 2011.

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Alessandro Paparelli

Regional Human Resources Director Asia Pacific, Salvatore Ferragamo

Alessandro Paparelli (M.I.H.R.M.), is Regional HR Director, Asia Pacific for Salvatore Ferragamo. Based in Hong Kong, he has responsibility over regional headquarters in HK and all staff in Greater China, Australia, South East Asia and Korea regarding the whole spectrum of HR issues: organizational development, training, recruiting, communication, compensation & benefits, payroll, personnel administration, planning & control. He’s member of the Management Board and reports directly to the Regional CEO.

He previously worked at Ferragamo headquarters in Florence as Organizational Development Manager, after a career in Management Consulting (EOS) and in Academy at Bocconi University of Milan.

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Sahr Johnny is the General Manager of, the official website of famous watch brands. is part of the Edipresse Group, a Swiss publishing company founded in 1765 with 180 magazine titles published in 14 countries. Prior to joining in 2012, Sahr worked in advertising and was previously Head of Digital at Monocle Communications and Digital Business Director at McCann Worldgroup in Shanghai where he served global clients such as Exxon Mobil, Goodyear, Lufthansa and UPS. Prior to that Sahr served as a Senior Copywriter and Creative Group Head at McCann Worldgroup in Hong Kong serving Asia Miles, Cathay Pacific, Intel, Microsoft and Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

The former journalist graduated with a B.Sc. in Economics (with Honors) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and has lived in China for over 20 years.

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Loredana Vavassori, VP of the Alessandro Rosso Group

Loredana was the President of Alessandro Rosso Marketing & Communication France, head office Paris and is the President Alessandro Rosso China, head office Shanghai


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Ms. Meiwa Dickens


Event Manager, Equex China

Meiwa started riding when she was 12, since then she has been very passionate about horses and has always aspired to work in the equine industry. She is very experienced in International equine event management and horse racing. She was an official for the Equestrian events at The 2008 Beijing Olympics Games and Paralympics. Meiwa went to Hartpury College in the UK and became the first Chinese to hold a bachelors degree in Equine Business Management. She also holds The British Racing Secretary qualification.

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Ann Marie Scichili

Consultant, Value Retail

An eminent global fashion industry professional, Ann Marie is one of the most respected authorities in the fashion world. A Texan at heart, she has worked in the US, Asia and Europe, and is recognized as a key player in enhancing fashion cultural links between US and Italy and Asia. Working alongside some of the most renowned and celebrated names in the industry, Ann Marie has held top tier roles at Lucky Brand Jeans, Banana Republic and Donna Karan amongst others. Ann Marie currently serves as Advisory Board Member to Value Retail; a member of the founding team that developed the business from scratch and spearheaded the strategic European expansion plan developing  enduring relationships with international brands.





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