Rino Mastrotto has been elected chairman of Unic, the Italian tanners' association, succeeding Graziano Balducci for the next two years. The 64-year-old entrepreneur oversees a group bearing his family name with an annual turnover of €250 million and a staff of 1,100 people. Besides its five tanneries at Arzignago in Italy, Mastrotto owns the Bermas Maracanau tannery in Brazil and Rino Mastrotto in Vietnam. It recently bought the bankrupt Elmo Leather in Sweden. The group has offices in China, Paraguay, Australia and Hong Kong. Mastrotto started out in the industry 50 years at the family's Conceria Fratelli Mastrotto, and in 1969 took a board position at his father's new calfskin tannery, Basmar. He helped expand the family-owned group in the 1980s with several acquisitions, then merged the various businesses, including Basmar and two other recent buys, Pomari and Calbe, into the Rino Mastrotto Group. He has been on Unic's board since 1992 and deputy chairman since 1999. His four deputy chairmen are the outgoing chairman Graziano Balducci of Antiba, plus Franco Donati of Lufran, Giuseppe Walter Peretti of Conceria Cristina, and Gianni Russo of Russo di Casandrino.