Siro Badon, an Italian specialist in private label footwear, was endorsed as the new chairman of Assocalzaturifici, the Italian shoe industry association, at a meeting held just after the end of the World Footwear Congress in Milan earlier this month. He was the only candidate for the post, and his nomination will only become effective at the association's annual meeting in Milan on June 26. Badon owns a big third-party manufacturing company in the Venice region, De Robert, and is currently the chairman of Acrib, the local shoe industry association. He will take the place of a woman, Annarita Pilotti, who led the association for the past four years. At the convention in Naples, Pilotti confessed that she had become discouraged at a certain point by the results of her political negotiations, which took her away from her family and her company, Loriblu, but the Tommaso Cancellara, general manager of the association, convinced her to stay onboard until the end of her second mandate.