At its General Assembly in Brussels, CAOBISCO members elected Mr Alessandro Cagli, Director of the Ferrero Group EU Public Affairs Office (Brussels) as President, for a two-year mandate starting as of 10/06/2016. He succeeds Mr Patrick Poirrier, CEO of CÉMOI in France.
An Italian native, Alessandro Cagli is an experienced expert of Brussels and a European at heart.
From 1982-1994, Alessandro was Head of Unit at the Italian Ministry of Industry (now Ministry of Economic Development) in Rome and from 1995-2003 he was Diplomatic Counsel for Industrial & Consumer Policy at the Italian Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels .
His current functions in Ferrero include definition, coordination and advocacy of corporate positions towards EU Institutions (European Commission, EU Council and European Parliament), International Organizations (World Health Organization), National Governments, Trade Associations, NGOs & Media. The Ferrero group currently has a turnover of 6 billion Euros and employs over 33 000 people worldwide.
He starts his term firmly positioning the role and place of Caobisco products (chocolate, biscuits and sugar confectioneries) in our diets: “Pleasure and balance are our two key words! We are proud to provide our consumers with moments of pleasure, thanks to our attentively crafted sweet products. At the same time, we also want to increasingly engage with Public Authorities and civil society to help consumers find the best and most proper ways to fit our products into a balanced and varied diet.”
CAOBISCO Vice-Presidents are now Mr Patrick Poirrier (outgoing President) and Mr Francesco Tramontin, Director European Affairs, Mondelez International. Mr Tramontin will become President in 2018.