Frank Boehly elected President of the Conseil National du Cuir

December 18th, 2014

Frank Boehly was elected President of the Conseil National du Cuir (the French National Leather Council or CNC) on 18th December 2014 by the General Assembly of the confederation, which brings together some 19 federations from all sectors of the French leather industry (production, transformation, manufacture, distribution). 

As President of the Federation of Shoe Retailers (Fédération des Enseignes de la Chaussure) since 2008 and member of the Board of the CNC since 2009, Frank Boehly, 63, has a detailed understanding of the challenges facing the leather sector, having dedicated his career to the retailing of finished leather products.  

For 15 years, he worked in shoe retail, and then from 1995 to 1999 held the position of Commercial Director of the retail subsidiary of Labelle, a French shoemaking company. From 1999-2013 he was CEO of Salamander France, one of the leading European retail chains in the footwear, leather goods and accessories markets. He is currently chairman of the Strategic Committee of this group at the European level. 

He is taking over from Paul Batigne, President of the CNC since 2002 and former President of the French Federation of Tanners from 1997 à 2000. He is the CEO of Etablissements Sabin, a tannery specialised in small animal skins (lambs, goats and sheep). 
Paul Batigne becomes Honorary President of the CNC. 
Frank Boehly is very active in his various trade roles, as Administrator of the CdCF (Conseil du Commerce de France, French Trade Council), Vice-President of CTC (Comité Professionnel de développement Économique Cuir Chaussure Maroquinerie Ganterie, the professional committee for the economic development of the leather, footwear leathergoods and glove industry), Vice- President of Alliance du Commerce (Trade Alliance) (for Major city centre stores (UCV), clothing retailer chains (FEH) and Footwear retailer chains (FEC)) and member and treasurer of Au-Delà du Cuir (AdC). He outlined his objectives: 
« I want to continue to develop this sector of excellence that is one of the flagships of the Made In France movement. These are my 4 priorities:  Maintaining and developing the know- how of this industry built on tradition and innovation, attracting young people to the leather professions that have such a promising future, increasing the production of quality French leathers and promoting the diversity of French leather companies, from SMEs to large international businesses.”  »
The election was held during the General Assembly which also elected the members of the boards of CNC and SIC Syndicat (Semaine Internationale du Cuir): 
CNC Treasurer
Bertrand SAUVE, FFTM (French Federation of Tanners) 
CNC Secretary
Jean-Pierre GUALINO, representing SICOS (Union of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Industry) 
President of the SIC Syndicat 
Treasurer of the SIC Syndicat
Patrice VERET, FNDMV (National Federation of Leathergoods and Luggage Retailers) 
Secretary SIC Syndicat
Jean-Pierre RENAUDIN, FFC (French Footwear Association) 

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Le Conseil National du Cuir

The confederation brings together 21 federations and professional unions of the French leather industry, ranging from the farming of livestock through to the finished products.

The French leather industry

  • 12 800 businesses
  • 25 billion euro turnover, 
  • 133,000 people employed in the leather, tanning, footwear, leathergoods and glovemaking and leather goods retail industries.
  • One of the world leaders for finished calf leather and exotic leather
  • 3rd biggest exporter in the world of leathers and raw hides
  • 13th largest exporter of finished leathers
  • World No.3 for exports of leathergoods