THE HONORARY PRESIDENT
Cesare Romiti was born in Rome on June 24, 1923. He graduated in Economic and Commercial Sciences and he joined in 1947 the Bombrini Parodi Delfino, where he became Group General Manager. In 1968, following the BPD-SNIA Viscose merger, he was appointed Financial Director General of SNIA Viscose.
In 1970 was in Alitalia as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer and, subsequently, in 1973, goes to Italstat with the same assignment.
In 1974 he joined FIAT, later becoming its Chief Executive Officer and President. Arrived at the time of the energy crisis, he is primarily dedicated to the work of financial recovery, continues developing the international dimension of the company and strengthening production sites in Italy. He worked for building several factories for the FIAT, including Belo Horizonte (Brazil), which is now the largest cars plant in the world.
After the exit from FIAT, he has been Chairman of RCS, from 1998 to 2004, and of the construction company Impregilo and Engineering, in 2005-2007.
In 2003 he founded the Italy China Foundation, where he's currently serving as Honorary President.
President Romiti got the labor Knight Medal in 1978, the title of honorary citizen of China, the title of honorary professor of Shanghai Donghua University, the prize of the US Chamber of Commerce in Italy, World Management Council, New York with the International Manager Award, from the National Italian American Foundation in Washington with the Lifetime Achievement Award of Business, from the Italy - America Chamber of Commerce in New York with the Golden Globe Award, he received the honorary degree by various Italian and foreign authorities.
On 13rd October 2006 in Beijing the "Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries" awarded him honorary citizenship of the People's Republic of China for its commitment to strengthening Sino-Italian bilanteral relationships. He was appointed Officer of the National Order of the French Legion d'Honneur.
He received honorary degrees from several universities: in Mechanical Engineering from the University Complutense of Madrid and the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, in Public Relations from the University of Languages and Communication IULM of Milan and in Commercial Sciences from St.John University in Rome.
There are also many awards received from foundations and from various organizations: the Chamber of Commerce and Italian Industry for the Madrid Spain with Tiepolo Prize and the City of Rome with the Campidoglio Prize. He is the author of numerous publications and articles in economic and industrial matters and has held major conferences on topical economic issues, national and international.
On 7th October 2010, Cesare Romiti was honored by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on the occasion of the Year of Chinese Culture in Italy. It is a prize created by the China Association for Friendship among Peoples, delivered ten Italian personalities from the Chinese Premier on the occasion of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic and Italy. The honor is given to those who, in the opinion of China, have engaged in activities of collaboration and exchange between Italy and China.