Dr. Massimo Rizzo
Massimo Rizzo served for many years as a senior executive
in the Italian aerospace industry, with world-wide responsibilities
for legal affairs and commercial relations with public and
private entities. Specifically, in 1975 he was appointed
Secretary General of Aeritalia SpA, later renamed Alenia
SpA after its merger with Selenia SpA. During his 20 year
tenure he acted as Secretary to the Board, handled most
of the negotiations with industrial partners and joint venturers,
and maintained relationships with the Italian government,
public organizations, and the international press.
1995 he was named Central Co-Director of Finmecanica SpA,
and headed up the Brussels Representative Office where he
worked with NATO and various European Parliamentary interfaces.
Thereafter he became Senior Consultant to the French aerospace
company, Aerospatiale, SA. He is currently working as an
independent consultant and lobbyist in both Italy and Germany.
to joining Aeritalia SpA, Dr. Rizzo was CEO of Fontana GmbH,
German subsidiary of Luigi Fontana SpA, Europe’s largest
manufacturer of bolts and screws. Earlier, he was Senior
Consultant and then Secretary General of SGA – Societá
Generale Semiconducttori SpA. He began his professional
career with Alitalia, as a Market Analyst and then Resident
Manager in both the U.K. and Germany.
Rizzo holds a degree in Jurisprudence from the University
of Rome. He is fluent in four languages. He is member of
several boards in Italy, Germany and the U.S.