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San Clemente (RN), 26 August 2019 - Optima, world leader in the gelato and confectionery sectors thanks to the brands MEC3, leading company in the production of ingredients for gelato, Modecor, a reference point for confectionery decorations and Giuso Guido S.p.A, a historic company specialised in the production of homemade gelato and confectionery mixtures, announces the appointment of Francesco Fattori as Chief Executive Officer.

Fattori, previously CEO of the De Cecco Group and in top management of Nomad Foods and Reckitt Benckinser, takes on the new role from Claudio Riva, who has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Optima, indicating strong business continuity.

"I am delighted to start this new professional adventure: not only for the prestige and positioning of the Optima group, a reference point of excellence for Made in Italy in the gelato and confectionery sectors, but also for the great opportunities offered today by these sectors", said Francesco Fattori, CEO of Optima, adding: "Growth perspectives start from our country and embrace an increasingly global horizon, in which we are already strongly active and where gelato and confectionery products represent more and more the excellence, research and creativity typical of the Italian genius, so loved by customers and consumers around the world”.

Since 2016, Optima has been part of Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP, one of the leading private equity companies in Europe, which has developed its business with the acquisition of Modecor Italiana in 2017 and of Giuso Guido S.p.A in 2018.


Spreading the passion for the art of Italian artisan gelato and confectionery is the mission of Optima which, through the brands MEC3, Modecor and Giuso, is a leading player in over 150 countries worldwide through a widespread network of agents and distributors. Founded in 1984, on 13 November 2016 MEC3 became part of Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP, one of the leading private equity companies in Europe. Together with Modecor Italiana - a reference company at European level in the production of decorations for pastry, acquired in November 2017 - and Giuso Guido S.p.A. - a historic company specializing in the production of compounds for gelato parlours and artisan pastry shops, acquired in May 2018 - MEC3 forms the Optima group, a pole that represents the excellence of Made in Italy in the ice cream and pastry sectors at a global level. In 2018 the group's turnover exceeded 170 million euros.