Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

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Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at the SoU on May 2012 in FlorenceSpeaker – 9 May, 11.30 – 13.00

SESSION 1 – Economic Governance for Europe

Panel 2 – What implications for the integration process and the Outer World?

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has been Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. since November 1991. Born in Bologna (Italy), he graduated in Law from the University of Rome in 1971, later specialising in International Commercial Law at Columbia University in New York. He joined Ferrari in 1973 as assistant to Enzo Ferrari, a position he held until 1977, and was also the company’s Sporting Director from 1974 to 1975. During this period, he won two Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships with Niki Lauda in 1975 and 1977, before being appointed Director of External Relations for the Fiat Group. Ferrari took two Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship titles during his tenure (1975 and 1977, both with Nikki Lauda).Montezemolo was subsequently appointed head of public relations of the Fiat Group. In 1981, he took up the post of CEO at Itedi S.p.A., the Fiat Group’s publishing division whose titles include the Italian newspaper La Stampa. In 1984, Montezemolo took over at the helm of Cinzano International S.p.A. and also organised the Azzurra challenge, Italy’s first ever foray into the America’s Cup. From 1985 to 1990 he devoted himself to the world of football as head of Italia ’90, organising Italy’s hosting of the World Cup finals. At the end of the World Cup, Montezemolo took over as CEO of RCS Video, before making the move back to Ferrari in November 1991. Between 1997 and March 2005, he was also Chairman of Maserati S.p.A. From 2001 to 2004, he chaired the Italian Federation of Newspaper Publishers (FIEG). Between 2004 and 2008, Montezemolo also held the post of Chairman of the Association of Italian Industries, Confindustria and from 2004 to 2010 he has been the Chairman of the Fiat Group. Luca di Montezemolo also sits on the boards of directors of several  other important organisations and has been chairman of Telethon, an Italian foundation that raises funds for research into muscular dystrophy, since July 2009.

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