Global Director Optics & Eyewear, GfK
Gianni Cossar, was born in Milan. He studied and worked in Italy, England, Ireland, USA and Belgium developing international business expertise in Sales, Marketing, Retail & Management Consulting within the Optics Industry (B2B & B2C).
Before joining GfK, Gianni was in Salmoiraghi & Viganò, now part of the Essilor Luxottica Group (the Italian leading retail chain in the Optics/Eyewear business, where he handled Marketing, Licenses and Retail Innovation). In GfK he is managing the global activities of the Optics & Eyewear Panel worldwide, leading business development and geographical expansion as well as ensuring the highest standards of quality and value-added insights to meet clients expectations.
Previously he also worked in international roles, within multinational companies such as PPG Industries/ICI and Ariston/Indesit, operating within the Automotive Aftermarket and Consumer Electronics industries.
Gianni holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Trinity College Dublin, and is a MCIM/Chartered Marketer through The Chartered Institute of Marketing, England; he is the author of various management articles published in England, Australia & Italy. Gianni has been Visiting Professor at Sole 24 ore, Business School in Milan, for Master Program as well as for SDA Bocconi University in Milan. He is regular lecturer & chairman at International Business Conferences and Tradeshows worldwide.