The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) has roped in Luís Onofre as the new President of the association. He will take up the office responsibilities by the end of May in Porto, Portugal.
He is the second Portuguese that has taken up the role of CEC President. Earlier, Fortunato Frederico held the position for two years.
Entrepreneur and designer by profession, Luís has succeeded Cleto Sagripanti for the presidential role. Member of the third generation family, Luís’s family is very well known to footwear industry. He is also heading APICCAPS, the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers' Association since May 2017.
Created in 1999, Luís also runs a footwear brand by his name and deals in elegant and sophisticated high heel women’ shoes. Most of the production (93 per cent) is exported to countries all over the world. Worldwide known celebrities, such as Penélope Cruz, Naomi Watts, Michelle Obama, Laetizia Ortiz or Genoveva Casanova have worn Luís Onofre shoes.
Talking of education background of newly elected CEC’s President, Luís graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto and Professional Training Center for the Footwear Industry (now Design and Footwear Academy). In 2014, the President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, distinguished him with the Order of Entrepreneurial Merit.
With headquarters in Brussels, CEC represents an industry counting with approximately 21,000 companies and over 278,000 jobs. It gathers footwear national associations and federations of the European Union, representing approximately 87 per cent of the footwear production.
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