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Ian Scher

VP Procurement



Ian Scher’s involvement in the hide, skin and leather industry spans close to 50 years. From initially with a family woolskin business in Australia, Ian’s pathway moved to raw hide processing, working with a European trading house, and then being involved in raw material sourcing for a global tanning company. In 2001, he was engaged to manage a wet blue tannery in Australia which in 2003 introduced the first physically stamped full traceability system for tracking wet blue leather back to its farm of origin. In 2017 he took up his present role as VP Procurement for PrimeAsia Leather Corporation. Alongside his role since 2008 as a member of the Leather Working Group’s Technical Sub-Group, in 2020 Ian became Chairman of the Executive Committee of the LWG.