Roberto Monti has been appointed the CEO of Italian designer furniture brand Arper.
The Swedish manager, a leader with a multicultural and international background, boasts experience across the world of furniture and retail, gained through experience at IKEA where, from 1990 to 2017, he held positions of increasing responsibility in leadership roles, as a member of the retailer's global management group.
From 2014-17 he was the president of IKEA Concept, where he led the development of the brand concept and its implementation in retail stores worldwide. From 2010-14, he was president of IKEA South East Europe, the group’s largest market. From 2004-10, he was the CEO and country manager of IKEA Italia.
Currently a senior advisor and board member for several corporate and non-profit organisations, Roberto is a member of the board of directors of ITAB Group and AIDAF (Associazione Italiana Imprese Familiari), and the founding director of the Respect & Dialogue programme, an initiative that promotes active dialogue for the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
Roberto takes over as CEO of Arper after joining the group's advisory board last year.
He says: “In Arper, we will work to build a medium- and long-term international business strategy that will draw inspiration from the project 'designing the world we live in'. It will therefore focus on people who experience living spaces, on their needs and their feelings towards the ongoing change, with the intention of including sustainability as an integral part of our journey.”
“I am very pleased that Roberto accepted our invitation to join the Arper team”, says Claudio Feltrin, president and current CEO of Arper. “He shares our company’s values and perfectly interprets its culture and ambition to evolve and continue to be a cutting-edge company.”