De Benedetti (Turin,
1961) has been Chairman of CIR and COFIDE since his appointment in
April 2013. The COFIDE-CIR Group, of which he is a controlling
shareholder together with his brothers Edoardo and Marco, operates in
various business sectors, particularly Auto components (Sogefi),
Media (Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso) and Healthcare (KOS). Within
the group he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Sogefi and
Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso.
Previously he was Chief Executive Officer of CIR from 1993 and of COFIDE from 1995. He joined COFIDE in 1988 as Director of International Affairs and was subsequently appointed as General Manager. In 1990 he also became General Manager of CIR.
Before that, he worked from September 1985 to December 1986 for Lombard Odier, one of the main private banking groups in Switzerland based in Geneva, as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer. From January 1987 to January 1988 he worked for Shearson Lehman Brothers (New York) as an Associate in the Merchant Banking Group.
Currently he is a Shareholder and Director of Decalia Asset Management S.A., an international investment management company established in 2014.
He is also a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), a forum made up of more than 50 of the most important European companies in various sectors; chairman of the European Advisory Board of Harvard Business School; a board member of Aon Italia (risk management, insurance and re-insurance brokerage).
Rodolfo De Benedetti completed his education in Geneva where he graduated in 1982 in Political Economics and in 1985 in Law.
Married to Emmanuelle de Villepin, he is father to Neige, Alix and Mita.