Italy's powerful shoe industry association, Assocalzaturifici, designated Siro Badon as its new president for the next four years at a meeting after last month's World Footwear Congress in Naples. He was the only candidate for the job, replacing Annarita Pilotti of Loriblu from the Marche region. Badon is the president of Acrib, the association that groups the shoemakers along the Brenta river near Venice. He runs a shoe company in the region, De Robert, that specializes in private labels, an important area of the Italian footwear sector that is likely to be emphasized at future sessions of the Micam show in Milan. Badon's election is set to be formalized at the annual meeting of Assocalzaturifici in Milan on June 26.