Paolo Falcioni has been director general of APPLiA since January 2014. In this role, he focuses on improving the association’s visibility and effectiveness within Europe and internationally. He spearheads APPLiA’s goal to promote fair and sustainable standards for working conditions, social compliance, and environmental performance. He has been one of the founders of the International Roundtable of Household Appliance Manufacturers Associations (IRHMA) which tackles world-wide issues like sustainability and innovation in a global manner and served as chairman of the Coalition for Energy Savings from 2014 to 2017. Before that, Falcioni held a variety of positions in the household appliances sector after a start in the telecommunication industry. An Italian national, he graduated in electronic engineering from University of Ancona.