First President of ELGA, Arnaud Haefelin (FFM), expressed his hope for the alliance to become an international showcase for the leather goods sector and to contribute actively to the European debates. He will be supported by Riccardo Braccialini (AIMPES) and Roberto Sont (ASEFMA), both elected as Vice President, and David Nathan (BTAA) as Treasurer. 
Its founding members, sharing a common vision for the future of the European leather good industry, committed to work hand in hand to tackle issues affecting the sector and encourage synergies between their members. By creating this alliance, they aim to promote an exceptional know-how, develop new skills, creativity and innovation, support an industrial flagship with a worldwide reputation by fighting against 
counterfeiting, ensure leather authenticity to defend the high-quality of their products and make sure 
the consumers can make an informed choice, facilitate export development for the leather goods enterprises by ensuring a fair access to markets.