Marco Ferrari stepping down as Zodiak Active chief

The chairman and CEO of Zodiak's global digital arm will leave his post at year's end, with Nicola Drago, current SVP of strategy and new business, moving into the position.
September 20, 2013

Marco Ferrari is resigning from his post as chairman and CEO of Zodiak Active, the global digital arm for Zodiak Media.

Ferrari will step down at the end of the year, as part of a planned succession strategy that will see Nicola Drago, currently SVP of strategy and new business with the company, head up Zodiak Active.

FerrariĀ founded the company that eventually became Zodiak Active, Neo Network, 14 years ago. That company was acquired by De Agostino in 2007, and Ferrari was appointed as chief digital officer for Zodiak Entertainment in 2010. After RDF Contact and Neo Network merged into what is now Zodiak Active, Ferrari was named chairman and CEO.

Drago joined Zodiak Media in 2008, beginning his career as an investment banker. At Zodiak, he’s held various positions, ranging from M&A and business controller, to CEO of Zodiak America Latina. He was appointed to his current post in 2012.

“On behalf of everyone at Zodiak I would like to thank Marco for his incredible commitment and service to this group since Neo Network became part of Zodiak,” said David Frank, CEO of Zodiak Media. “He is one of the most intelligent and talented senior executives within the group and his contribution to strategy, planning and debate will be missed. On a personal note I have enjoyed immensely working with Marco and I want to thank him for his support and advice. I am sure he will be successful in his return to a more entrepreneurial life and I wish him all the best.

“I am delighted too to confirm the appointment of Nicola as Marco’s successor,” Frank added. “The energy, enthusiasm and dedication he has shown in preparing himself for this role has been exemplary and I have every confidence that Nicola can continue to build Zodiak Active as a world-class brand.”

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