After graduating in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Francesco Marchi started his professional career as Marketing Researcher and Assistant Product Manager in 1983 in, one of the three largest Belgian textile groups (nv UCO sa). He joined EURATEX (the European Apparel and Textile Confederation) in 1996 where he was designated Director of the Economic Affairs responsible for several issues in the field including the economic department in charge of economic publications; the monitoring of the EU trade and industrial policy for the sector with a particular focus on WTO rules, rules of origin, market access problems, etc. That same year, he was also appointed as the representative of the Clothing industry and the Knitting industry interests within the EURATEX body.
He took over the position of General Director of EURATEX in May 2009, an office he continues to hold. Besides this, Marchi is also board member of the following: International Apparel Federation (IAF); European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing; Textile-Clothing-Leather-Footwear European Skills Council; Centre d’Information Textile-Habillement (CITH); Advisory Board of Texprocess Fair (Messe Frankfurt). Also, he is member of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry.