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COTANCE Vice-President RINO MASTROTTO, New President of UNIC

mastrottoOn 23 June the Assembly General of Italian tanners took place in Milano (Italy). The delegates elected as new Chairman for the 2011-2013 mandate Veneto tanner Rino Mastrotto, head of the Rino Mastrotto Group S.p.A., one of the world’s largest tanneries.

At the end of 1998, Mr. Mastrotto chose to merge some of the most important companies he led into a single entity, the Rino Mastrotto Group. These companies were Basmar, Pomari, Calbe, Brusarosco and Galassia. The unified organization has 1,100 employees and generates consolidated sales of €250 million. Over the last decade, Rino Mastrotto has also led a series of international transactions that have resulted in the acquisitions of the tanneries Bermas Maracanau in Brazil, the Rino Mastrotto Group Vietman, and Elmo Leather in Sweden, in addition to a number of sales offices in China, Paraguay, Australia and Hong Kong.

Assisting the new chairman for the next two years will be four deputy chairmen:
Graziano Balducci (outgoing chairman – Antiba, S. Croce sull’Arno PI); Franco Donati (Lufran – D & Co. Consortium, S. Croce sull’Arno PI); Giuseppe Walter Peretti (Cristina, Montebello Vicentino VI); and Gianni Russo (Russo di Casandrino, Casandrino NA).

RINO MASTROTTO is to be the new UNIC chairman. For the tanner from Vicenza, who will turn 65 in October, this appointment is the crowning achievement of a career that began as just a young kid of 14 in the family’s new business, “Conceria Fratelli Mastrotto”. Just four years later, in 1964, he was entrusted with managing the purchasing of all of the raw materials needed for the company’s operations, and in 1969, when his father, Arciso, founded Basmar, he was placed on the board of directors of this new tannery specialized in calfskins. From 1985 to 1989, he led a series of business acquisitions (Pomari, San Marco, Calbe and Brusarosco), which were to make the Mastrotto Group one of the world’s largest tanneries. At the end of 1998, he chose to merge some of the most important companies he led into a single entity, the Rino Mastrotto Group. These companies were Basmar, Pomari, Calbe, Brusarosco and Galassia. Today, the unified organization has 1,100 employees and generates
consolidated sales of €250 million. Over the last decade, Rino Mastrotto has also led a series of international transactions that have resulted in the acquisitions of the tanneries Bermas Maracanau in Brazil, the Rino Mastrotto Group Vietman, and Elmo Leather in Sweden, in addition to a number of sales offices in China, Paraguay, Australia and Hong Kong. He has managed to face the latest crisis without resorting to either layoffs or terminations of employment. He has been named a Commendatore of the Republic of Italy and Honorary Consul of Paraguay. He holds various positions within service organization for the tannery industry, in career training centers, and in many charitable organizations. He joined the UNIC board in 1992 and was  appointed deputy chairman in 1999, a post which he has held to this day.

The new Executive Committee is as follows:

Balducci Graziano (Antiba, S. Croce sull’Arno PI)
Banti Massimo (Alba, Ponte a Cappiano-Fucecchio PI)
Castellani Ezio (Sciarada, Castelfranco di Sotto PI)
Cerrini Sergio (Eurofur, S. Croce sull’Arno PI)
Dani Giancarlo (Gruppo Dani, Arzignano VI)
De Maio Michele (DMD Solofra, Solofra AV)
Donati Franco (Lufran – D & Co. Consorzio, S. Croce sull’Arno PI)
Finco Bernardo (Adelaide, Bassano del Grappa VI)
Francioni Alessandro (Sanlorenzo, Castelfranco di Sotto PI)
Gronchi Attilio (Samanta, Ponte a Egola PI)
Iliprandi Alessandro (Bonaudo, Cuggiono MI)
Maffei Felice (Carisma, Solofra AV)
Mastrotto Rino (Rino Mastrotto Group, Trissino VI)
Nuti Fabrizio (Nuti Ivo, S. Croce sull’Arno PI)
Peretti Giuseppe Walter (Cristina, Montebello Vicentino VI)
Rosati Piero (Incas, Castelfranco di Sotto PI)
Russo Gianni (Russo di Casandrino, Casandrino NA)
Tabellini Enrico (M.E.S.I., Caselle Torinese TO)
Vignola Sabatino (Vignola Nobile, Solofra AV)
Volpi Giuseppe (Volpi Concerie, Ponte a Egola PI)

Promotion, research, training and the environment are to be the priorities on the
agenda of the newly appointed board.

Milano, June 2011