Women and their empowerment have always come first for Sabina Belli, who has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of global jewellery brand Pomellato for over six years.
As one of the few female CEOs in the world, Belli has worked hard to not only make her mark on the Italian jewellery firm, but to also ensure that the company gives back by helping to give women a leg up in the world.
Though you might think that fashion and jewellery was always her first love, Belli actually began her career in advertising under the global communications group WPP. She managed product-oriented accounts from 1983 to 1991 before moving to L’Oréal Luxe in 1991.
She began there as a product manager for the Helena Rubinstein brand before climbing the ladder to become International Brand Manager for Giorgio Armani fragrance.
“In all my previous work experiences, three underpinning principles—rationality, creativity and entrepreneurship—have had an enormous impact on my professional development. It helped me to foster skills around intuition, negotiation and empathy that help communication to be productive and inclusive, always taking into account needs and desires. Women truly have the capacity to reach targets without losing their lightness and sense of humour,” Belli says candidly.
In 1996, Belli made the move to the LVMH Group, where she took on the role of international brand and marketing managing director for Christian Dior Parfums. She then worked her way through numerous accounts before becoming the brand executive vice president of Bulgari in 2012.