MILAN — Annarita Pilotti, chief executive officer of Italy’s Loriblu shoe brand, was named president of Assocalzaturifici following a general assembly meeting of the footwear trade association here Tuesday.

Pilotti, who is expected to serve a four-year term, is the group’s first woman president and takes over the reins from Cleto Sagripanti, who recently became president of the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry.

“Among the priorities for the new presidency are reducing taxation on investments in research, development and innovation, and training qualified workers for the industry, to maintain the excellence and quality of the Italian footwear sector,” Assocalzaturifici said.

Pilotti is to work with Italy’s industrial association Confindustria on lobbying for greater product origin labeling legislation within the European Union — the so-called “Made In” laws that European leaders have been squabbling over for years.

Four new vice presidents are to assist Pilotti: Siro Badon of De Robert Calzature in the Veneto region; Andrea Brotini of Pakerson in Tuscany; Giovanna Ceolini of Parabiago Collezioni-Thierry Rabotin in Lombardy; and Luca Silvestri of Safe Way in the Marche.

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