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November 24th

Parterre - Palazzo Mezzanotte
Milan - Piazza degli Affari, 6

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Chairman, Sistema Moda Italia

I should like to introduce myself by saying that my job is to bring a little colour to our everyday lives; by vocation I represent a fossil which is very much alive and kicking, and my passion is writing. In other words, my work involves dyeing fabrics; the reference to fossils is how many people see the textile and clothing industry today in Europe, and also in Italy. Like something that belongs to the past and has no passport to the future. But even if it’s a fossil, because it’s associated with the initial phases of the Industrial Revolution, it’s a fossil that has had a very good run, with remarkable economic performances, as I always point out when I represent my colleagues with national or European institutions. Last but not least, I enjoy writing, thus combining business with pleasure.

I was born in 1962 in Busto Arsizio, in the province of Varese, where I still live. I am married to Paola Cerana and we have a son, Gabriele.
I obtained my diploma from the Liceo Scientifico of Busto Arsizio in 1981.
Immediately afterwards I did military service in the National Fire Brigade. I was also a keen judo enthusiast, and although I did not achieve great success at competitive level, I learnt many things you cannot get from books, especially self-respect and consideration for others. I graduated with top marks in Political and Social Sciences at the Catholic University of Milan in the academic year 1986/87. I completed my training with work experiences at Fin Novaceta Spa (Snia Fibre Group) and with the General Management of Credito Varesino (now Banca Popolare di Bergamo – UBI Banca).

By profession I am a company director in my family’s firms (Gaspare Tronconi Spa, Gaspare Tronconi Industriale Srl, Beppetex Srl, Gaspare Tronconi Technologies Srl, Ternate Coating Srl) located in the province of Varese and operating mainly in the textile sector, from finishing to marketing of cotton fabrics, especially for clothing.
I have been and continue to be active in representing the industry on the ground and in the sector, both nationally and at European level, occupying various positions.
Currently I am Chairman of Sistema Moda Italia, the national textile and clothing sector association within Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industry) after being Chairman of EURATEX, the European Textile and Clothing Industry Federation, in Brussels from 2007 to 2008. In my capacity as chairman of one of the main trade associations, signatory of the C.C.N.L. (National Collective Employment Agreement), I am  a member of the Board of Confindustria in Rome.
Lastly, I am the author of publications on the textile industry and of various articles in trade journals and national dailies, such as Il Sole 24 Ore.