Giancarlo Zanatta, president of Tecnica Group, leaves as president of Assosport, the Italian sporting goods industry association, after eight years in which the membership has grown from 13 to 140 companies. His successor at the head of the association is Luca Businaro, chief executive of Novation, the sophisticated product development company that took over the former Italian Olivieri and Bauer business after Nike’s pull-out. It subsequently bought Kayland, a small Italian brand of climbing footwear.

Assosport represents an industry whose companies generated an estimated €7 billion in global sales last year, including the important bicycle sector. This was a decline of 2 percent from 2008, with a 6 percent drop in sport apparel partly offset by a 1 percent increase in footwear and higher sales of sports equipment, bicycles and accessories.

The members of Assosport elected three new vice presidents to the board: Giulio Colombo of Colmar, Gianni Lorenzato of Lotto Sport Italia and Gianluca Pavanello of Macron (see story on this company in this issue). Other companies represented on the board are Benetton Group, Dainese, Garmont, Mab, Pinarello, Roces, Tailor, Westscout and W.L. Gore & Associates.