Born in 1937, he joined Luxottica Group in 1968 and has been Director of Luxottica Group S.p.A. since 1985, Deputy Chairman since 1991 until 2020. He was appointed Honorary Chairman on May, 15 2020.
During his long career in Luxottica Group he served as, among others, Chief Quality Officer, Product and Design Director and Technical General Manager.
In April 2000, he received an honorary degree in “Business Administration” from Constantinian University in Cranston, Rhode Island, U.S.A. In 2011 he was appointed “Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana” and in 2012 he was appointed “Cavaliere del Lavoro”.
In the Luxottica Group he is Chairman of Luxottica S.r.l. and Luxottica Tristar (Dongguan) Optical Co Ltd, among principal operating Group subsidiaries.
In 2016 he also received honorary citizenship of Dongguan in China, the highest distinction so far conferred by the Chinese prefecture to a non-Asian foreigner.