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Meeting Vincenzo Boccia, President of Confindustria

October 11, 2018
6:00 pm

Vincenzo Boccia, President of Confindustria (The General Confederation of Italian Industry).

Introduced by Stefano Albertini (NYU) and Letizia Airos Soria (Editor in chief of i-Italy Network).

Vincenzo Boccia was born in Salerno in 1964 and graduated in Economics and Commerce. He is the CEO of Arti Grafiche Boccia and, on May 25th 2016, he was elected the 30th President of Confindustria. Arti Grafiche Boccia, which has its headquarters in Salerno, was founded more than fifty years ago by his father, Orazio Boccia. It is a typical example of an Italian medium size manufacturing company, operating for over 50 years in the graphic industry, particularly in the printing of specialized periodicals, newspapers, books and pamphlets for large retailers. Nowadays, Arti Grafiche Boccia is an international company, with offices in France, Germany, Denmark and Lebanon. Since 2005, the company adheres to the Global Compact of the United Nations. 

The attitude towards innovation of processes and products, and the attention in researching new solutions for the ever changing market conditions are the basis for a success which is not granted in a traditional industry sector, which requires heavy investments and high productivity. In the System of Confindustria, the Organization of the Italian entrepreneurs, Vincenzo Boccia started his commitment when he was young. In the early 1990s he was Member of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria, and became their national Vice President in the year 2000. From 2003 to 2007 he was President of Confindustria Assafrica & Mediterranean and later Member of the Council of Assografici. 

From 2009 to 2013 he was President of Confindustria’s Piccola Industria, the organization of Confindustria focused on SMEs development and growth. Being the President of Piccola Industria, Vincenzo Boccia became Vice President of the Confederation. Until May 2016, he also led the Technical Committee of Confindustria for Credit and Finance. According to his beliefs, the Confederation must represent a bridge between the needs of companies and those of society. He promotes a new dialogue based on the principle of co-responsibility among all the components of society. Vincenzo Boccia is strongly convinced of the special social role of enterprises for the development and life of the communities in which they work.


Confindustria is the main association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy, with a voluntary membership of over 150,000 companies of all sizes, employing a total of 5,440,125 people. The association’s activities are aimed at guaranteeing the central importance of companies, the drivers of Italy’s economic, social and civil development. By representing companies and their values at institutions of all levels, Confindustria contributes to social well-being and progress, and from this standpoint guarantees increasingly diversified, efficient and modern services. Confindustria’s added value stems from its network: a headquarters in Rome, 221 local and trade associations and, since 1958, a delegation in Brussels, which has seen its strategic importance grow over the years and is now a benchmark for the entire Italian economic system at the European Union.

In ITALIAN with ENGLISH translation.