He was born in Pizzoni (VV) on 23 March 1944. Married with two sons, he graduated in 1970 with a degree in Business Economics from the University of Messina with a thesis on “Budget and Long-term Strategies in a Large Company.”
On 20 October 2006 he was awarded an honorary degree in Naval Engineering from the University of Genoa.
He was Chair of the course on “Management Control Systems (Planning and Control)” at LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali in Rome until 2010.
He is a member of the RUC (the Italian Register of Official Auditors).
On 23 May 2014 he was decorated with the Italian Order of Merit for Labour.
On 25 January 2017 he was decorated as Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of the Italian Republic.
On 14 June 2017 the French Chamber of Commerce in Italy awarded him the “Trofeo della Personalità Italiana” 2017.
On 27 November 2017 he received an honorary MBA in International Business from the MIB Trieste School of Management.
Since April 2002 he has been Chief Executive Officer of FINCANTIERI S.p.A.
Since 2013, he has been Chairman of Confindustria Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Since 2015, he has been a Member of the General Council of Confindustria.
Since 2018, he has been Chairman of Fondazione Nord Est.
From October 2000 to April 2002 he was CEO of Finmeccanica, and since 1997 its General Manager, as well as interim manager of some of the Group’s companies, such as Alenia Difesa and Ansaldo.
From October 2016 to January 2018, he was the President of Promostudi.
From 2014 to March 2016 he was Director of the Italian Strategic Fund.
From 2012 to 2014 he was Chairman of Confindustria Gorizia.
From March 2013 to September 2016 he was the Chairman of Vard Holdings Limited and from January 2013 to September 2016 he was the Chairman of Vard Group AS.
In 1963, he attended a training course in administration and on management control at Fiat-Finmeccanica. From 1963 to 1971, he was the person in charge of general accounting, financial statements, business planning and management control in Omeca (Fiat-Finmeccanica Group and from 1968 in EFIM).
From 1971 to 1993, he worked at EFIM where he held positions with increasingly more responsibility: Deputy Director of Programs and Management Control; Managing Director of SOPAL (food industry); Chief Executive Office of Aviofer (defence and transport industries), until he became, in 1991, Managing Director of the company itself.
Specifically, within the scope of EFIM’s Management Inspectorate and Management Control, he developed the Group’s strategic planning system and management control, organising a unified information system, using standard industrial accounting procedures.
He devised the processing of the consolidated balance sheet of the Group by adopting a program for the consolidated chart of accounts and for standard accounting principles (first organic body of such principles in Italy), participating, inter alia, in the Committee established ad hoc at the Ministry of State Holdings.
Giuseppe Bono joined Finmeccanica in 1993, and after having held the position of Director of Central Planning and Administration and Finance Control, he was appointed in December 1997 as Managing Director and interim head of Alenia Difesa and Ansaldo. In October 2000, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Group.
Mr Bono held those positions until April 2002 when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, one of the most important shipbuilding groups in the world and a leader in diversification and innovation. Under his leadership, the company became a world leader in the design and construction of cruise ships and a reference operator in all the sectors of high technology shipbuilding, from military vessels to off shore vessels, from special vessels and highly complex ferries to mega-yachts, as well as in ship repairs and transformations, manufacture of systems and components and in the offer of after-sales services.
In response to the crisis, which since 2008 has not spared even the shipbuilding sector, a plan was launched to expand and reposition the Group on a global scale, focusing on a strategy of diversification of business. In 2009, the American group Marinette was acquired, which is a reference supplier for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. The Group’s internationalisation process continued in 2013 with the acquisition of Stx Osv, currently Vard, a leader in the construction of support vessels for the oil and natural gas extraction and production, with factories in Norway, Romania, Vietnam and Brazil. Fincantieri, which in the meantime under the guidance of Mr Bono was listed on the stock exchange in 2014, became the only Western producer capable of competing with the Asian giants. With a turnover of over EUR 5 billion, it has 20 factories in 4 continents, of which 8 are in Italy, employing more than 19,000 employees, including over 8,400 in Italy.
The company’s international outlook is expected to grow further by virtue of the historic agreement signed between Italy and France which is in the process of being finalised, which ensures Fincantieri the control and management of the Chantiers de L’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, which is specialised in the construction of large cruise ships and surface military ships. The cooperation with France will also be extended to the military field with the continuous alliance between Fincantieri and Naval Group. As a result of the integration with the three players involved, a world leader will emerge in the construction of complex vessels with high added value, with total annual revenues of around EUR 10 billion, a workload of around EUR 50 billion, a cutting-edge technology portfolio and a strong presence in more than 20 countries, employing 35,000 employees directly and it is estimated that, in Europe, it indirectly employs over 120,000 people.