• 1936
    (b.) - ?


An Italian company Director, ex-President of STMicroelectronics and Board member of Confindustria, from April 17, 2007 until December 3, 2007, he was president of Telecom Italia. He graduated in 1963 in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin with a Degree in Electronics. His early career was at Motorola where he became the European Marketing Director in 1967. From here his responsibility increased to Director of WorldWide Marketing, Vice President of Motorola Corporation and Director General of the International Semiconductor Division, responsible for planning, production and marketing worldwide excluding the USA. In the last two decades, he has championed the cause of Europe's microelectronics industry and his role has not been one of pure theory but has produced concrete and important industrial results. In 1980 he returned to Italy to lead the SGS group, a microelectronics company that then went on to merge with the semiconductor arm of Thompson, a French electronics company, becoming SGS-Thomson Microelectronics (now known as STMicroelectronics), a company, which under his leadership, grew to became one of the leading worldwide manufacturers of semiconductors. In 2005 he stepped down as CEO and was named honorary President. Two years later he was nominated President of Telecom Italia. Currently he is Vice-President of Confindustria with responsibility for innovation and research. Confindustria is the Italian employers' federation, founded in 1910. It groups together more than 113,000 voluntary member companies, accounting for over 4 million individuals. It aims to help Italy's economic growth, and in doing so, assisting, its members. He sits as an independent consultant on the board of Fiat, and also of Chartered Semiconductor. He is also involved with: Conseil Strat?gique pour l'attractivit? du pays aupr?s du Premier Ministre fran?ais; Internal Advisory Council Singapore Government; International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; World Business Council for sustainable development; Conseil Strat?gique des Technologies de l'Information francese; and 'European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). As a firm believer in corporate social responsibility, he takes a special interest in the cause of fighting the Digital Divide ?? the huge imbalance between those who have access to information technology and benefit from it and those who do not. As a member of the United Nations Information and Communications Task Force dedicated to bridging the Digital Divide, he helps develop proposals to attract corporate attention and commitment to this new worldwide challenge. He has received many honors among which include Honorary degrees from University of Genova, Malta, Pavia, Catania, Palermo and Sannio. He was also awarded "il Premio Euno", by the Kiwanis Club of Enna, on its 14th anniversary in 1999. He was awarded ?Prix du Manager d'Entreprise? in the ?Prix des Technologies de l'information", organized by Telecom Paris, a French telecommunications academy in September 2003. He received the ?Lifetime Achievement Award? from Reed Electronics Group, as part of inaugural European Electronics Industry Awards in October 2003. In 2011 he was awarded the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal. In April 2005 he founded the Pistorio Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, whose scope is to supply aid in the fields of health, nutrition and education, whether through direct aid, donations or financial or humanitarian support for charities helping children, in the most deprived areas of the world, suffering from war, natural disasters, and other calamities.
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    Led SGS-Thomson Microelectronics (STMicroelectronics), to became one of the leading worldwide manufacturers of semiconductors
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