Ercole Botto Poala as is the new president of Confindustria Moda, the Italian Federation that brings together the associations of the Textile, Fashion and Accessory sectors.
Botto Poala already held the position of vice president of the Federation. The appointment comes in the logic of alternating the representation of the textile-fashion and accessory sectors and in the continuity of its projects.
Ercole Botto Poala, born in 1971, after his studies and his professional training abroad, began his path in Reda, Italian wool manufacturer strongly focused on responsible products and processes, occupying different roles from production to marketing, from new business to design, until he was appointed CEO in 2005.
Since February 2016, he has served for more than four years as president of Milano Unica, the Italian trade fair for high-end fabrics and accessories for Women's and Men's wear.
Ercole Botto Poala, newly elected president commented: "The Textile, Fashion and Accessory sector, after the hard years of the pandemic, is returning to its role as one of the main drivers of the Italian economy and therefore as the leading contributor to the country's trade balance. The challenges ahead, such as sustainability, digitization and internationalization, can only be met by working in a unified way, as a system. It will be my task to lead Confindustria Moda into a new phase of its life, where the union will be increasingly strong and solid."
The Textile, Fashion and Accessory sector is experiencing a positive start to 2022, despite issues related to rising energy and raw material costs, as well as problems related to the strong exposure to international markets due to the instability caused by the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. According to forecasts, the first half of 2022 is expected to close with revenue growth of +16 percent.
Botto Pola succeeds Cirillo Marcolin, eyewear entrepreneur, former president of ANFAO, the optical industry association, and president of MIDO, the international eyewear fair.