Former Samsonite Corporation CEO and Louis Vuitton divisional CEO Marcello Bottoli has joined True Religion as the sixth member of its board of directors. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Marcello and I am confident that his international management acumen will be invaluable,” said Jeffrey Lubell, Chairman and CEO of True Religion Apparel. In the role of Samonite’s CEO, Bottoli led the company’s global expansion by focusing on product innovation and retail, geographic and fashion expansion, and acquisitions, resulting in a growth of sales from $750 million to $1.2 billion. “I am excited to join True Religion’s board of directors and look forward to leveraging my experience with international branded companies to help build True Religion into a global, contemporary apparel brand,” Bottoli said. Launched five years ago, True Religion’s casual and trendy products are currently available in stores in 50 countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and Australia.

—Tina Heindel