08.08.2008 ANDREA PININFARINA 1957-2008


Since July 1st 2001, Andrea Pininfarina has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Pininfarina S.p.A. and, since May 12th 2006, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors too.


Pininfarina's recent works include the Sintesti concept car (top) shown at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and the in-demand Maserati Gransport (above).

Andrea Pininfarina graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 at the Polytechnic of Turin; in 1982 he began his career in the United States with Freuehauf Corp.

In 1983 he joined "Industrie Pininfarina S.p.A.", first as Coordinator and then as Program Manager of the Cadillac Allante' project.
In 1987 he was appointed Co-General Manager of "Industrie Pininfarina S.p.A." and eventually, in 1988, he got the position of General Manager, followed by the appointment of Managing Director in 1994 and of Managing Director of “Pininfarina Ricerca e Sviluppo S.p.A.” in 2000.
Since July 1st 2001, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Pininfarina S.p.A. and, since May 12th 2006, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors too.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of:
  • Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A.
  • Banca Passadore & C. S.p.A.
  • Poltrona Frau S.p.A.
  • Unicredit Infrastrutture S.p.A. (Chairman)
He also had significant posts in the following associations:
  • Since July 1997, Confindustria's Board Member
  • Since December 2002, Vice President of “Torino Wireless”
  • Since May 2003, President of “Comitato Locale Torino-Canavese, del Gruppo Unicredito Italiano"

Most important posts of the past:

  • June ’96 – June 2000, President of AMMA – Association of the Metal and Mechanical Companies of Turin
  • July ‘97 - June 2001, President of FEDERMECCANICA – Italian Federation of Metalworking Industries
  • September ’98 – September 2000, President of W.E.M. – Western European Metal Trades Employers’ Organization
  • June ’98 – January 2003, President of ITP - Invest in Turin and Piedmont
  • July 2000 – May 2004, President of UNIONE INDUSTRIALE di Torino – Employers’ Association of Turin
  • October 2003 – May 2004, President of “Confindustria Piemonte”
  • May 2004 - May 2008, Vice President of CONFINDUSTRIA - Research Department
  • On May 6th, 2003 the French Ambassador in Italy conferred on him the first grade of the “Légion d’Honneur”, the one of “Chevalier”
  • On June 2nd, 2005 the President of the Italian Republic conferred on him the honour of “Cavaliere al Merito del Lavoro” (Knight of Labour)

Text: Pininfarina / © 2008 Interfuture Media/Italiaspeed