A brief profile of Rino Mastrotto follows: For this 67 years old tanner from Vicenza, this appointment is the crowning achievement of a career that began as an adolescent 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 specialised 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 organisation 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 (recently sold) 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 organisations for the tannery industry, in career training centres, and in many charitable organisations.

He joined the UNIC board in 1992 and was appointed deputy chairman in 1999, a post that he has held until 2011 when he became Chairman of UNIC for the 2011-2015 term.

He has also been Chairman of COTANCE for the 2012-2014 term.