Chairman Italian Exhibition Group Spa
Lorenzo Cagnoni was born in Rimini, where he resides, in 1939. He is married and father of two daughters.
Following classical studies, obtained positions of an institutional nature and, simultaneously, devoted himself to managerial and entrepreneurial activity in the tourism sector, leading important hotel facilities and industrial service systems.
From 1966 to 1983 was councillor for Scholastic Services, Health, Finance & Budget and Economic Activities with Rimini Municipality and from 1983 to 1989 was deputy mayor.
At the same time, in ’81, was nominated president of AERADRIA Airport Service Company which manages Rimini Airport’s ground services and, in ’92, chairman of Centro Agroalimentare S.p.A. .
Former chairman of the Rimini Riviera Convention Bureau, at the time the leading company in conference organization, Cagnoni was a member, from ‘92, of the board of directors of Rimini Trade Fair Board, of which he assumed the chairmanship in 1995. In 2002, with the changeover from Board to Joint-stock company, he was nominated chairman of Rimini Fiera SpA.
Under his chairmanship, in 2001 Rimini Fiera built a new expo centre, designed by GMP of Hamburg: a work of extraordinary structural and architectural value, a great business tool. Then, in 2011, came a new conference centre, the largest every built from scratch in Italy.
With constant launches of new expos, investments, acquisitions and the rationalization of the controlled companies, Cagnoni marked a turning point in the positioning of Rimini Fiera, now a top player in Italy and active on international markets.
From ’99 to 2015, Lorenzo Cagnoni was also a member of the Steering Committee of the U.F.I. (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) and has been vice chairman of AEFI - Association of Italian Expositions & Fairs - since 2001.
Cagnoni is the chairman of Fairsystem, joint-stock company formed by BolognaFiere and Rimini Fiera and specialized in international business, as well as FieraServizi, operational company of the Rimini Fiera Group and, until June 2016, was also chairman of Società Palazzo dei Congressi, owner of Rimini’s Palacongressi conference centre.
As of 1st November 2016, he will be the chairman of Italian Exhibition Group SpA.