Ortega will replace Pablo Isla, chairman of Inditex since 2011.
Ortega has been with the firm for 15 years, starting out as an
assistant at its High Street brand Bershka.
have always said I would dedicate my life to building upon my
parents' legacy," the 37-year-old said.
Ortega has been credited with strengthening the retailer's brand
image, having led several campaigns, including the launch of Zara's
premium collections such as Zara SRPLS and Charlotte Gainsbourg by
was founded by Amancio Ortega with his ex-wife Rosalia in 1975 in
Ortega is one of the world's richest men, with an estimated net worth
of $77.8bn (£58.3bn), according to Forbes. He was chairman of
Inditex until 2011.
whose brands also include Pull&Bear and Stradivariusm, has come
to dominate High Streets around the world, with more than 6,600 shops
of its clothing is made close to its Spanish headquarters or in
nearby countries such as Portugal, Morocco and Turkey, helping the
firm to achieve its famously fast reaction times to new fashion
Ortega Pérez began working for Inditex on a shop floor in London 15
new job will be as the company's chairwoman, helping steer a retail
behemoth with nearly 7,000 stores, more than 8,000 factories and a
market value of $100bn.