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Entrepreneurship and the Future of Online Luxury Retail Market

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 121 p.m.

Headshot of Charles Gorra

The Centennial Speaker Series presents a moderated conversation with Charles Gorra, CEO and founder of Rebag  (www.rebag.com). This event is co-sponsored by the Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis, the CFA Society of New York, and the Museum of American Finance. Gorra will discuss the major challenges facing the luxury retail market and highlight opportunities for select brands.


12 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Donna Rapaccioli, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business

12:05 p.m. Discussion

Moderator: Andrea Mennillo, Managing Director and Founding Partner of IDA Capital Ltd., London
Interviewee: Charles Gorra, CEO and Founder of Rebag

12:45 p.m.

Q&A from audience

1 p.m. Closing Remarks

Andrew Auslander, CFA, FRM, Managing Principal, Agile Financial LLC, Vice-Chair of Value Investing Group of CFA Society of New York

About Charles Gorra

Charles Gorra is the CEO and founder of Rebag, a digital retailer for luxury preowned accessories (e.g., Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel). Prior to starting the company, Charles spent some time at online fashion rental company Rent the Runway, where he fell in love with collaborative consumption. Since then, he has been on a mission to make secondary behavior the standard for luxury goods. Before becoming an entrepreneur, he worked in the finance industry at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at TPG Capital. He earned an M.B.A from Harvard Business School in 2014 and a master’s in management from HEC-Paris in 2007.

About Andrea Mennillo

Andrea holds a B.S. in business from Federico II University in Naples and a B.S. in international banking from University of Lecce. He also is an alumnus of INSEAD Graduate School. He has almost 30 years of leadership experience, mostly in financial institutions and infrastructure funds worldwide.

He has acted as chairman, managing director, and board member in banks, insurance companies, and financial conglomerates in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. After Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, where he was appointed by the Ministry of Finance of Italy, he founded IDA Capital, an investment firm that operates in the fastest-growing countries and focuses on business diplomacy.

Andrea is the parent of Francesco Mennillo, GSB ’16, and past chair of International Parents Leadership Council. He is a member of Gabelli School of Business Advisory Board, chair of the Globalization Council, chairman of Fordham Advisory Board, London, and winner of the Gabelli School of Business 2018 International Awareness Award.

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