Starting this month, Stefano Peccatori takes over as President & CEO of the U.S. publisher Rizzoli International Publications, a market leader in the illustrated books segment, and of Rizzoli Bookstores, which heads one of New York’s most prestigious bookstores.
Peccatori, who has served in the Mondadori Group for 30 years now, in his new position – together with his role as General Manager of Piemme, Sperling & Kupfer and Mondadori Electa reporting to Mondadori Libri CEO Enrico Selva Coddè – will be in charge of the publishing, commercial, financial and administrative units of the two Mondadori Group companies operating in the United States under the Rizzoli, Rizzoli New York, Rizzoli Electa, and Universe brands, and through the Rizzoli Bookstore bookshop.
Concurrently, Marco Ausenda, who has led Rizzoli International Publications and Rizzoli Bookstores since 2002, becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors.
At 31 December 2021, consolidated revenue of the two companies was over $ 55 million, a remarkable performance indeed against the challenging backdrop of the U.S. market.
Rizzoli New York opened its eponymous flagship bookstore in 1964 on Fifth Avenue and began publishing in 1974, becoming an award-winning world leader in fashion, interior design, cuisine, art, architecture and photography. The Rizzoli Universe Publishing brand was launched in 1990, enabling Rizzoli’s entry into the pop culture world of humour, beauty, sports, performing arts and LGBTQ issues with highly successful programming. In 2016, Rizzoli International Publications was acquired by the Mondadori Group. 2018 saw the birth of the new Rizzoli Electa brand, with further boosted the publishing house’s production and publication of art catalogues in English and for the organization of international exhibitions.