MAPEI Group recently announced the passing of its president, Giorgio Squinzi, who died in Milan on the evening of October 2. With a degree in industrial chemistry, Giorgio Squinzi became the sole administrator of MAPEI in 1984 after the death of his father, Rodolfo, who founded the company in Milan in 1937. Under Giorgio Squinzi’s leadership, the company grew to become a leading global player in chemical products for the building industry. Today, the MAPEI Group has over 10,500 employees and manufactures across five continents through 83 plants in 36 countries.

In 1996, Giorgio Squinzi was awarded the “Ambrogino d’oro” by the Mayor of Milan for his contribution to the city in the realms of both business and sport; in 1998, he was knighted for his services to industry. In 2013, Giorgio Napolitano, the president of the Italian Republic, bestowed upon Squinzi the title of Grand Officer of the “Order of Merit of the Italian People.”

Giorgio Squinzi held important posts in both Italian and international business associations. He was president of the Italian Federation of Chemical Industries from 1997-2003 and then again from 2005-2011. He was also the leader of CEFIC, the European Council of Chemical Industries, from 2010-2012, and president of the Italian Industrial Federation from 2012-2016.

Squinzi’s children, Veronica and Marco, were appointed CEOs in July. For more information, visit