30 May 2023

In Memoriam: Roberto Kerkoc, VP at Bologna Fiere, co-organizer of Cosmoprof North America

It is with much heartfelt sadness that Estetica Network shares the news of the passing of Roberto Kerkoc, Vice President at Bologna Fiere, co-organizer of Cosmoprof North America, who died last Tuesday, August 1st after a short illness.

Cosmoprof is keeping growing. The internationality of this fair born in Bologna does not stop: the 340,000 professionals, the 6,000 companies participating in the three events of the international network, are set to increase. We believe that the international development of our format will be the great challenge to strengthen our brand and a concrete opportunity for companies which have been following us for years to multiply business opportunities by addressing global markets.

These are the words of Roberto Kerkoc, Vice President of Bologna Fiere, released only a few days ago, commenting on the results of Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas. Roberto Kerkoc suddenly left us on Tuesday, August 1st, leaving the whole economic world of Bologna in disarray. As President of Tecnoform, an international leader in interior furnishing for caravans, motor homes and yachts, the commitment to the economic development of the city led him to become a prominent figure in the direction of Confindustria Bologna, Emilia Unindustria and Bologna Fiere.

Among the activities of Roberto Kerkoc, the chairmanship of Pharmintech Srl, the company organizing the fair trade fair of Bologna Fiere dedicated to the supply chain of the pharmaceutical industry. With commitment and dedication, Roberto Kerkoc has worked to ensure the international development of the event, encouraging the participation of leading companies in automation and technology research for the industry.

As Vice President of Bologna Fiere Group, he followed with enthusiasm and commitment to the development of the Cosmoprof network, the leading exhibition format for the cosmetic industry. He perceived that the international development of the format has to become the main target of the group, involving not only the markets in which Cosmoprof is already present (North America and Asia), but also new emerging realities. As a businessman in charge of a multinational company, Roberto Kerkoc was well aware of the importance of Cosmoprof international platform as the leader support for the growth of the entire cosmetics industry, one of the excellence of Made in Italy.

Many ideas and projects have been shared with the team and the international partners of Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna, with whom Roberto Kerkoc had  a relationship based on mutual trust and confrontation. He invited to have a look at the future and at the whole world without fears, but on the contrary being proud of expressing the excellence of the Italian Way of Life. This will be the most outstanding message left by Roberto Kerkoc to the professionals who had the opportunity to work with him.


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