Riccardo Marchesi - BIO Current position CEO Texe srl – Italy CEO Plug&Wear srl - Italy Brief biography From 2001 Riccardo Marchesi is Managing Director of Texe srl. Just after his graduation he joins the family company, SCOMAR srl producing flat knitting machines, as International Sales Manager. From 1987 to 1999 he develops the sales in the US market bringing the company to become the first supplier of collar flat knitting machines in America.. From 1992 he is also responsible for new developments on machines. With the repositioning of the textile industry in the Far East and the consequent closure of the knitting manufacturing plants in Europe and the US starting from 2000 he transforms the company from a producer of flat knitting machines to a producer of high performance technical textiles, such as metal fabrics for shielding electromagnetic interferences (EMI) and smart fabrics. The deep knowledge of textile technologies and his expertise of textile industrial processes allow him to develop highly innovative solutions for EMI shielding and smart fabrics. His current research activities are in the field of interactive textiles for HCI and robotics. He is the founder of www.plugandwear.com, the first company for industrial textile sensors.