BIDDING ARRIVEDERCI: Mario Boselli will step down April 15 as president of the Italian Fashion Chamber, a position he has held since 1999. Boselli told WWD that he was extremely happy that the Camera della Moda’s board had accepted his request to take a step back. “Finally, I can focus on what I’ve always desired to do: to take care of international relationships without handling daily office activities,” he said, referring to the mission he will have in his new role.

During his lengthy fashion career, Boselli forged close cooperation with international fashion associations. In particular, he had a key role in the resolution of conflicting fashion week calendars in New York, London and Paris. He was also instrumental in establishing solid business relationships in emerging countries, including China.

Asked about a possible successor, Boselli said the Chamber’s board confirmed the position is still vacant.

Last month, Giulia Pirovano stepped down as the association’s longtime general director. That position remains vacant as well.

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