Itema Group announces appointment of Ugo Ghilardi as new CEO and moves towards a new stage of development and consolidation

Itema Group, multinational group part of the Radici world of companies manufacturing advanced weaving solutions including weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services and with majority interests in companies active in complementary businesses, announced that its Board of Directors has named Ugo Ghilardi, effective March 2, 2020, as Chief Executive Officer.

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. Mr. Ghilardi, in fact, 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 & 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.

Gianfranco Ceruti, President of the Itema Board of Directors – commented on the choice of Ghilardi as the new CEO of Itema Group: “Ugo 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".

Key factors that led the Itema Board of Directors to name Ghilardi as new CEO are his deep- rooted closeness to the company and his strategic vision – as stated by Mr. Angelo Radici – on behalf of Gianni Radici’s family heirs who hold the 60% of Itema shares and in agreement with Arizzi and Torri families to which the remaining shares belong - “Ghilardi, in addition to the excellent understanding of global business scenarios, comes from our own territory and knows very well its traditional and historical vocation in the textile industry: I strongly believe that crucial aspect for us is to entrust the leadership of our Group to a man of great managerial capacity to maintain our traditional excellent level of quality in the solutions provided to our existing customers as well as guiding the company towards new business expansions. All this in line with the sustainability mission that has always distinguished us and that, I am sure, Ghilardi will translate into concrete actions”.

Mr. Ghilardi 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.

Itema new CEO’s dedication and motivation are, however, the highest possible and, according to Mr. Ghilardi, Itema’s history and particularly the way the company was founded, its brands creation and the traditional quality level guaranteed to the market in recent years, represent the basic philosophy to rely on to confidently deal with the challenges the company must confront to further grow.

In the first declaration since his appointment, Mr. Ghilardi stated “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."

With Ugo 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.

Mr. Ugo Ghilardi (c) Itema Group
Mr. Ugo Ghilardi (c) Itema Group

Ugo Ghilardi – Itema Group CEO

Mr. Ugo Ghilardi, after graduating in Organization and Management from Trento University in 1994, started an impressive career holding several key leadership positions in multinational mechanical companies.

From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Ghilardi was Sales Engineering Manager in charge of Japan and Italy with IMU SpA International Machine Tools.

In 2006, Ghilardi joined DMG Mori, the German- Japanese multinational company world leader in the production and marketing of machine tools, where he experienced a rapidly ascending career that led him to cover a variety of increasing responsibility positions.

From 2007 to 2015 he became Managing Director of DMG Mori Italia and in 2015 Mr. Ghilardi was promoted to CEO of DMG Mori Europe AG,

a position he held until 2016 when he was named COO EMEA for DMG Mori Management Gmbh.

As Chief Operating Officer EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Mr. Ghilardi was responsible for Sales and Service operations of an area including 18 countries and reporting directly to the Executive Board of DMG Mori.

In 2018, Ghilardi served as Divisional Board Member Sales & Service EMEA for DMG Mori Management Gmbh, leading the group’s commercial strategy and service activities in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Effective from March 2, 2020, Ugo Ghilardi has been appointed CEO of Itema Group, leading producer of best-in-class weaving solutions – including weaving machines, spare parts and integrated services - and owning majority stakes in Lamiflex and Schoch.

With production sites in Italy, Switzerland, China, India and more than 1.000 employees worldwide, Itema Group represents a real flagship of the worldwide textile industry.

Mr. Ghilardi is called to contribute with his excellent track record and strategy-oriented mind to continue growing Itema Group and taking the Company towards new heights of success.

In addition to his main professional role, Mr. Ghilardi is active in a series of innovation oriented activities, he is in fact President of Consorzio IRIS (Bologna), President of ATC – Additive Technology Center (Nembro) and President and Shareholder of Bgreen Tech (Trento).

Mr. Ghilardi, 55 years old, married and with three children, lives in the Bergamo area of Northern Italy. Fluent in English and Italian, Mr. Ghilardi has also a good level of Spanish, French and German.

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