MILAN — Claudio Marenzi has been named president of EMI — Ente Moda Italia, the association founded in the Eighties by Sistema Moda Italia and the Florentine Center for Italian Fashion with the goal of promoting worldwide textile and clothing Made in Italy.
In his new role, Marenzi, who is also chief executive officer of outerwear label Herno and president of SMI, will work in collaboration with EMI’s new vice president Andrea Cavicchi, who holds the role of president of the Florentine Center for Italian Fashion, as well.
The executives will serve in their new positions for three years.
Marenzi, who succeeds Antonio Gavazzeni at EMI’s helm, said his appointment “reflects the desire of the two founders to be more and more involved in the association’s board to guarantee the development of its international activities. In a very challenging phase for the international markets, I think it’s important to mark a strategic, dynamic change which is supported by the great involvement of the government and the most important players of the fashion industry.”
Among the issues Marenzi is currently focused on as president of SMI is negotiating with the unions for the renewal of the collective national work contract for employees in the textile, apparel and fashion industry. The contract expired last March and the latest proposal presented by SMI was rejected by the unions during a meeting held in Milan on Friday.