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Honorary Co-Chairmen


Samuel Palmisano


From January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2011, Samuel J. Palmisano was chairman, president and chief executive officer of IBM. He was chairman of the Board from January through September 2012 and served as a senior adviser to IBM until his retirement on December 1, 2012.
Mr. Palmisano began his career with IBM in 1973 in Baltimore, Maryland. In a 39-year career with the company, he held leadership positions that included senior vice president and group executive of the Personal Systems Group, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Global Services, senior vice president and group executive of Enterprise Systems and president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Palmisano is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School. Mr. Palmisano received the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award in 2009 and the inaugural Deming Cup, presented in 2010 by the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School. He is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as co-chair of the Council on Competitiveness’s National Innovation Initiative.


Marco Tronchetti Provera


With a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Milan’s Bocconi University, in the early 1970s he began to be involved with his family’s entrepreneurial activities, particularly those connected to the sea transportation sector.
He entered Pirelli in 1986 and took operational leadership in 1992. From December 1996 to September 2001 he was Chairman of “Il Sole 24 Ore” and from October 2001 to September 2005 a Board Member of “Teatro alla Scala”.
From September 2001 to September 2006 he held the position of Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A. and from October 2008 to October 2017 that of Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca. Up to May 2013 he also held the position of Chairman of Prelios S.p.A.
At present he is Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of Marco Tronchetti Provera & C. S.p.A., a holding which indirectly controls Camfin S.p.A. which in turn holds 22.4% of Marco Polo International Italy S.p.A., controlling shareholder of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. He is a Director of RCS MediaGroup S.p.A. He is Honorary Co-Chairman for the Italian branch of the Council for the United States and Italy, of which he was Italian Co-Chairman for 15 years, and Member of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission. His is also Co- Chairman of the Italy-China Business Forum.
He is a Member of the Steering Committee of Assonime, the Advisory Board of Assolombarda as well as the General Council of Confindustria. He is a Board Member of Bocconi University of Milan.