Carlo Bonomi, has been appointed the new president of Confindustria, the most powerful Italian industrial organization. A businessman with a long history in industry, Bonomi has made innovation and R&D his calling card.
Since June 2017 Bonomi has been a member of the general council of Aspen Institute Italy, on the board of directors of ISPI (Institute for International Political Studies) and, from November 2018, on the board at Bocconi University.
The new president of Confindustria is an entrepreneur in the biomedical sector and the chairman of Synopo SpA, an Italian company specializing in electromedical equipment. President of Assolombarda since June 2017, he was a right hand man of Vincenzo Boccia, the former Confindustria president. As number one of the main ‘territorial’ of Confindustria for the last three years he has made his voice heard.
The last time he intervened publicly was shortly after mid-March, when, following the publication of the decree “Cura Italia”, Bonomi claimed Italy needed a long-term strategy with an international vision, greater support for companies and above all to take measures “in concert with parties and taking into account the consequences.” For Bonomi this health emergency is also an opportunity “to re-launch the country by jettisoning once and for all the ballast that has held us back over the past twenty years,” he told Corriere della Sera in recent days.
Confindustria must have a place at the table when politicians decide the method of the next reopening the economy, he stressed. “We have not yet mass-distributed protection devices, we do not have carpet infill, we do not have cluster surveys of the population on the concentration of infections, nor serological tests on antibodies, nor contact tracing technologies,” cautioned Bonomi.
In an appeal to industrialists, he added: “The years ahead will have to be lived with the same dedication and the same civic passion that businesses brought to Italian reconstruction after the Second World War. This will require the commitment of everyone. And together we will also have to change our companies if we want Italy to change.”