Monica Mondardini, 56, graduated in Statistical and Economic Sciences at the University of Bologna.
Her professional activity has been in the publishing and finance sectors and she has had important experience abroad, in particular having spent nine years in France and ten in Spain.
She began her career in 1985 at Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, taking part in an international development program, which in 1989 led her to Spain.
In 1990 she joined Hachette, the leading French publishing group which belongs to the Lagardère group; she first managed the Spanish branch of Hachette Livre and then, in 1993, was appointed Director of the international branch, headquartered in Paris, and member of the Executive Committee of Hachette Livre. In this position she managed the group’s foreign businesses, present mainly in Spain and Latin America.
In 1998 she joined the Generali Group as Chief Executive Officer of Europ Assistance, with headquarters in Paris. Europ Assistance is a services company, including insurance, and is present in all the main countries of the world, a pioneer in its sector and a brand of great prestige.
In 2001 she was appointed Chief Executive of Generali Spain, with offices in Madrid, where she remained until the end of 2008. Generali Spain is one of the principal insurance companies in that country; it was the result of a structured process of acquisitions by Generali of local companies and under her management the acquired companies were turned around, reorganized and integrated, making Generali one of the most important players in the market.
In 2009 she returned to Italy to become Chief Executive of Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso, where for seven years she has been engaged in the difficult task of managing one of the country’s main publishing groups, in a market undergoing profound transformation,
Since May 2013 she has been Chief Executive of CIR S.p.A., the holding company that controls Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso while maintaining her prior role at Espresso, and also working in the remaining parts of the Group. Within the CIR Group, she also holds the roles of Chairman of Sogefi S.p.A. and board member of KOS S.p.A..
She is also an independent board member of three important listed companies: Crédit Agricole S.A., Atlantia S.p.A. and Trevi Finanziaria Industriale S.p.A..
In 2006 she received the “Targa all’Italianità” from the Comites di Madrid, reserved for Italians resident in Spain who have brought prestige to their own country. In 2014 she was recognized by the French Embassy in Rome and the French Chamber of Commerce as the economic figure of the year in the relationship between the two countries. In 2016 she received the title of “Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’Honneur”.