New CNC president wants French tanneries to become big businesses

  • The chairman of footwear and leathergoods retail group Salamander, Frank Boehly, has been elected as the new president of the French Conseil National du Cuir (National Leather Council). Mr Boehly replaces Paul Batigne, who becomes the organisation’s honorary president.

    Frank Boehly was also Salamander’s chief executive between 1999 and 2013. Other previous positions include four years at the end of the 1990s as commercial director of retail subsidiary of French footwear group Labelle and, before that, 15 years in the shoe retail business.

    At the time of the announcement, Frank Boehly said the leather, leathergoods and footwear sector is “one of the flagships of the Made In France movement”. He outlined a series of priorities for his presidency, saying he wants to help companies in the leather value chain in France maintain and develop their know-how, build on tradition and innovation, and attract young people to the leather professions that he said have “such a promising future”.

    Most notably of all, he said he would make it a priority for the French leather industry to increase the production of quality French leathers and promote the development of the companies in the sector, helping them grow from being small and medium companies to become what he called “large international businesses”.