Longarone, 4 June 2018 – The announcement of the prestigious recognition presented to De Rigo Group Chairman Ennio De Rigo comes at a very busy time as the eyewear maker based in Longarone prepares to celebrate its fortieth anniversary.

This important acknowledgement crowns the success of an enlightened, versatile businessman whose companies in a variety of market sectors have made an important contribution to employment and development in his homeland. Ennio De Rigo's commitment extends to the social sphere with initiatives supporting the local community, and young people in particular.

The recent establishment of Fondazione De Rigo, concerned with initiatives for young people experiencing hard times, comes just in time to mark the company’s 40th anniversary.

I am honoured to receive the title,” comments Ennio De Rigo. “My company has always been like an extension of my family to me, and I am proud to say that, thanks to everyone’s hard work, I have made our name known all over the world, maintaining the values and roots of our family and our community. I firmly believe in the importance of people and relationships, which come first for me. I cannot help sharing this prestigious acknowledgement with all the people who have made my career in business an extraordinary group voyage with the hard work and dedication they put into their work every day”.

Shy and retiring by nature, Ennio De Rigo is a multi-faceted, enlightened businessman with talent and intuition who has worked in a great variety of different sectors of business over the years, from construction in Cortina D’Ampezzo to refrigeration and eyewear.

In 1978 he and his brother Walter founded a little workshop in the Belluno area making sunglasses and prescription glasses, which has grown over four decades to become the well-known brand De Rigo. In the eighties he purchased the historic Lozza eyewear company and launched the Police and Sting brands, inaugurating a new production plant in Longarone in the early nineties which has since become the official headquarters of the company, one of the most important and solid enterprises in the Veneto region.

Ennio De Rigo is still Chairman of the Group, flanked by his wife, Emiliana. A companion in life and work, Emiliana was the one who first made the dream come true in a little barn in the mountains, in Pozzale di Cadore, founding what was to become a world leader in eyewear.

A world leader in the production and distribution of top quality eyewear and one of the world’s biggest eyewear retailers, the De Rigo Group serves more than 80 countries with 16 sales offices, 4 retail divisions and 3,000 employees, with a consolidated turnover of 429.5 million euros in 2017.

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