Pierangelo Zanetta, the former managing director of Shimano Europe Fishing Holdings, has died after a long illness. Zanetta was an important figure in the global fishing tackle industry. In 2007, while working at Shimano, he joined the board of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA). He was elected president of Europe’s trade body for manufacturers and wholesalers of sport fishing equipment the following year, and stepped down from the role in 2016. Zanetta began his career with Shimano Italy as a product developer in 1994, and then rapidly climbed the company’s hierarchical ladder. In 1999, he was chosen as managing director of Shimano Europe Fishing Holdings, a role that he left in 2013 to become director of communications.