Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
Monday, November 3 | 10:00 – 11:00
The name Ferrari evokes emotion like few brands, even among non-automobile enthusiasts. In recent years, one name has been synonymous with the luxury sports cars brand: Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was chairman of Ferrari S.p.A. from 1991 until 2014. Born in Bologna (Italy), he graduated in law from the University of Rome in 1971, later specializing in international commercial law at Columbia University in New York. He joined Ferrari in 1973 as assistant to Enzo Ferrari, and was the company’s sporting director from 1974 to 1975. His involvement with the team continued through to 1977, during which time Ferrari won two Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championships with Niki Lauda (1975 and 1977). Subsequently, he was appointed director of external relations for the Fiat Group.
In 1981, Mr. Montezemolo took up the post of CEO at Itedi S.p.A., the Fiat Group’s publishing division, whose titles include La Stampa, the Italian newspaper. In 1984, he took over at the helm of Cinzano International S.p.A. and also organized the Azzurra challenge, Italy’s first foray into the America’s Cup. From 1985 to 1990 he devoted himself to football as general director of the organizing committee of Italia ’90, the taskforce charged with organizing Italy’s hosting of the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals. At the end of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Mr. Montezemolo took over as CEO of RCS Video, before making the move back to Ferrari in November 1991.
Following his appointment as chairman of Ferrari in 1991, Mr. Montezemolo has held a number of other distinguished positions. 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, Mr. Montezemolo also held the post of president of Confindustria, the Italian employers’ federation. From 2004 to 2010, he was chairman of the Fiat Group. Since July 2009, he has been chairman of Telethon, an Italian foundation that raises funds for research into muscular dystrophy. In 2010, he founded Future Italy, a think-tank promoting civil and political debate on the future of Italy. A Cavaliere del Lavoro and a Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur, Mr. Montezemolo also sits on the boards of directors of several other important Italian and foreign organizations.