Mapei chairman Giorgio Squinzi passes at 76

Giorgio Squinzi

Giorgio Squinzi, chairman of Milan, Italy-based Mapei, passed away in October at the age of 76. The flooring and construction industry giant was founded in 1937 by his father Rodolfo Squinzi, with Giorgio joining the family business at an early age.

Graduating with an industrial chemistry degree from the University of Milan in 1969, he became manager of research and development, leading the company in different roles until his death.

Squinzi was also an industry leader, winning awards and heading Italian associations such as Federchimica, the National Federation of Chemical Industry, and Confindustria, the General Confederation of Italian Industry, Squinzi also oversaw the company’s first manufacturing expansion outside of Italy in 1978 with the establishment of a Mapei plant in Canada.

As a great fan of soccer and especially cycling, he led Mapei to sponsor professional teams in both sports, in addition to youth development programs. His self-professed motto was “mai smettere di pedalare” (“never stop pedaling”). He was also a member of the board of directors of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Squinzi is survived by his wife, Adriana (married in 1971), son Marco and daughter Veronica. All three hold senior positions at Mapei, continuing the tradition of the family business.

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