Diego Della Valle was born in S. Elpidio a Mare (Ascoli Piceno) on December 30th, 1953. After studying law in Bologna and a brief working experience in the United States, in 1975 he joined his father in the family business, where he had the chance to widen his knowledge of productive skills. He had a leading role in the definition of the company strategies and in the creation of the brands which identify the company's products, developing an innovative marketing plan, which went to be a worldwide model, that was followed by many in the high quality product industry. Since October 2000 Diego Della Valle has become the President and CEO of the new Group, Tod's SpA, now on the Milan stock market, which today is a world leader in the luxury accessories sector. In 1996 Diego Della Valle has been nominated Cavaliere del Lavoro and received, in the year 2000, the Degree honoris causa in Business and Economics at the University of Ancona. Della Valle has been on the Board of different Companies among which IRI SpA and Banca Commerciale Italiana SpA. Furthermore, Diego Della Valle is a member of the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali, of BNL (Banca Nazionale del Lavoro), of LVMH, of Ferrari, of Maserati, and of Compagnia Immobiliare Azionaria. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Confindustria, member of the Fundraising Committee of Umberto Veronesi Cancer Research, President of the Board of Directors of Della Valle Onlus Foundation and Honorary President of the Italian football team AC Fiorentina.