Francesco Marchi

Mr. Francesco MARCHI is of Italian nationality. He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He is married with four children. He began his professional career as Marketing Researcher and Assistant Product Manager in 1983 in, one of the three largest Belgian textile groups (nv UCO sa).

From 1989 he was Senior Economist for Comitextil (Coordination Committee for the EC textile  industries) and joined EURATEX (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation) in 1996 where he was designated Director of the Economic Affairs responsible for the economic department in charge of economic publications; the monitoring of the EU trade and industrial policy for the sector with a particular focus on WTO rules, Rules of origin, Market access problems, Enlargement, Economic impacts, Internal Market regulations impacting the industry, etc.

Since 1996 he was also appointed as the representative of the Clothing industry and the Knitting industry interests within the EURATEX body.

He took over the position of Director General of EURATEX in May 2009. He is also Board member of the: International Apparel Federation (IAF); European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing; Textile-Clothing-Leather-Footwear European Skills Council; Centre d’Information Textile-Habillement (CITH); Advisory Board of Texprocess Fair (Messe Frankfurt). He is member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry. He speaks fluently, Italian, French and English and has good notions of Spanish and Dutch.