MILAN—As was planned at the beginning of her term as president of ANFAO, the Italian Association of Optical Goods Manufacturers, current president Lorraine Berton has additionally taken on the role of president of the subsidiary IES Srl, the service company which manages a number of activities, including Mido, according to an announcement from ANFAO. She succeeds past president Giovanni Vitaloni, as reported in VMAIL. In July 2023, pending the appearance of a valid candidate as ANFAO president, the association renewed the outgoing bodies of the Srl with an interim board of directors to ensure management continuity.

The board of directors, chaired by Giovanni Vitaloni, took office until the timing of a changeover with ANFAO’s future leaders was deemed suitable. Upon completion of Mido 2024 and the kickoff of the association’s other 2024 activities, Berton stepped into the role of president, according to the announcement.

With the joint efforts of Berton and Vitaloni, the procedure for defining the governance was completed, and a smooth transition and strategic continuity in managing the initiatives of the entire ANFAO system was ensured, ANFAO said in a release.

President Berton said, “I would like to thank Giovanni Vitaloni for his work over these years, during which I have had the pleasure of collaborating and working actively with him at the helm of ANFAO and IES Srl. The dedication and commitment shown by everybody have proved a crucial contribution to the success of Mido and ANFAO’s activities. The projects launched during his term of office will be a stimulus to further improve and replicate his success in the years to come.”

Giovanni Vitaloni said, “I am confident that under Lorraine Berton's leadership, IES will continue to achieve new goals and promote our industry's excellence. I would like to thank all those who have worked with me over the past 10 years, facing challenges that were not easy and contributing to the many successes achieved. I wish the new team well in their activities, with the primary objective of working for the good of the companies in our industry.”

ANFAO’s full presidential council is available online here. The council will remain in office until the 2027 elective assembly.