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Itema names Ugo Ghilardi as new chief executive officer

Mar '20
Ugo Ghilardi. Pic: Itema
Ugo Ghilardi. Pic: Itema
Itema has announced that its board of directors has named Ugo Ghilardi, effective March 2, 2020, as chief executive officer. Itema is a multinational group known for manufacturing advanced weaving solutions including weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services and with majority interests in companies active in complementary businesses.

Ugo Ghilardi, who is taking over from Carlo Rogora at the helm of the Colzate-based company, during his remarkable professional experience held positions of increasing responsibility in leading companies in the mechanical and automation industries. Ghilardi boasts a long career in DMG Mori - German-Japanese multinational company world leader in the production and marketing of machine tools - where he held a variety of senior management positions, including divisional board member sales and service EMEA, chief operating officer EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) with direct responsibility of sales & service for all European markets and DMG Mori Europe CEO, according to Itema.

“Ghilardi brings to the position a wealth of knowledge in international markets and an array of experiences in the mechanical industry, thus allowing us to count on fundamental skills to drive a company like Itema. We are convinced that Ghilardi will guide our group with foresight and vision, reinforcing our position on the market and our structural solidity also due to his extraordinary mastery of operations activities and to his customer-oriented attitude,” Gianfranco Ceruti, president of the Itema board of directors said.

Ghilardi's extensive global leadership experience and proven track record in the industry will be dedicated to consolidating the group’s current position and conquering new market shares, as well as developing the Itema industrial capacity and prowess, that always played a role of primary importance for the company and its shareholders A goal which is not easy and certainly not self-evident since, even though markets still offer great opportunities to be seized, the international situation reveals uncertainty due to a series of fluctuations on a global basis and a macro-economic dynamic that generates instability and insecurity.

“I strongly believe in Itema, in its employees and in its products. Innovation remains the core added value for the continued growth of this company and we will pursue it in all our choices, from product development to operations management. Our mission is, now more than ever, to deliver to our customers not only advanced and innovative products, but an all-inclusive assistance as integral part of the process. As I am used to say, our customer is not outside the company, he is exactly beside us, deserving to be considered as a real partner. I will focus on reinforcing Itema’s strong positions in many important markets for the future and on serving Itema’s customers to deliver long-term growth and value creation,” Ghilardi said.

With Ghilardi at the head of Itema, the company is ready to face with renewed enthusiasm new challenges and targets, with the confidence that results from the awareness of being able to count on an experienced, solid leader attentive to customers’ needs and focused on leading the group towards new heights of success.

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