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Milan, 06 April 2017 – Michele Colaninno, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Immsi S.p.A. (a holding with turnover of more than 1.3 billion euro and majority stakeholder of the Piaggio Group), a director of Piaggio & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of Piaggio Fast Forward, has been appointed Vice President of ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles; Bruxelles, Belgium), the European motorcycle industry association of which all the world two-wheeler groups are members today.
At ACEM we shall be working to ensure that free trade, safety and respect for the environment continue to be key issues of the strategic direction followed by the European institutions”, said Michele Colaninno. “The Piaggio Group has been active in all continents for many years with its brands and major production centres in different regions of the world, and will continue to look to the future of the new generations, paying constant attention to work and the new frontiers of urban mobility. Huge opportunities are opening up in the transport sector, and we have to work together to make the most of them”.
Michele Colaninno’s appointment coincides with the restructuring of the association, which has appointed its Vice Presidents and President, who will take office on 1 July 2017.


Acem press release, Berlin, 6 April 2017 – The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) has elected a new leadership team during its 2017 Spring Congress celebrated in Berlin. Mr Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM AG, will become President of ACEM as of 1 July 2017. He will succeed Mr Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, who will start serving as Vice-President of ACEM on the same date. The European Association will also have a new Vice-President: Mr Michele Colaninno, who is member of Piaggio & C. SpA’s board of directors as well as CEO and COO of the Immsi Group, which controls the Piaggio Group and also holds investments in a number of important Italian industrial groups.
Mr Stephan Schaller said: “I am delighted to announce that Mr Pierer will become the President of our European association. He is a widely-respected business leader with substantial global experience and an excellent choice by our General Assembly to continue leading ACEM”.
Mr Stefan Pierer said: “Mr Schaller has done an excellent job at positioning ACEM for the future. I know I speak for the whole European motorcycle community in stating how much this work is appreciated. I look forward to start my term as President and to work for a stronger association that promotes motorcycling across Europe”.
Mr Michele Colaninno said: “The Presidium will work to ensure that issues such as free trade, road safety and environmental protection remain at the core of the work done at ACEM, taking into account the strategic directions adopted by the European institutions”.
ABOUT ACEM. The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. About 156,300 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.