BOLOGNA, Italy — Aureliana De Sanctis is out as chief executive officer of SoGeCos, the parent company of Cosmoprof tradeshows. Her departure was confirmed Friday by Fabio Rossello, president of Unipro, the Italian association of cosmetics companies, in response to numerous rumors and a published report.

“She is no longer on the board,” said Rossello.

De Sanctis had been on the job for four years while struggling to increase the fair’s relevance on the global cosmetics scene. Her exit comes at an awkward time. The Cosmoprof fair in Bologna, which is billed to be the largest such event in the world, opened its doors on Friday morning.

De Sanctis had reported Duccio Campagnoli, who is the president of both SoGeCos and its owner BolognaFiere.

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