Role: Independent Director
He was born in Levanto (La Spezia) on 2 February 1943. He graduated with honors in Law at the University of Genoa with a thesis project in constitutional law.
He started his career as journalist at the age of 20, during his studies, at “Corriere Mercantile” of Genoa, one of the oldest Italian newspapers.
During his career, he held various important positions at “La Stampa”, where he has worked for 17 years, at “La Repubblica” as Assistant Editor and at Espresso Group.
In the Seventies he wrote two books: “Il dissenso nell’Europa orientale prima e dopo Helsinki” (Vallecchi, 1977) and “I partiti comunisti nell’Europa meridionale, la Lega jugoslava” (Mulino, 1979, translated into four languages).
From 1988 to 1993, he was an analyst of International politics for Tg3, making live commentaries on the Urss’s transformation, the communist regimes collapse in Eastern Europe, the Gulf War and the “golpe” of Moscow in August 1991. In November 1993 he was appointed Director of Tg2, where he worked for one year.
He was also visiting professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Genoa in the academic year 1992/1993.
On 25 March 2009 he was appointed Chairman of Rai, holding this position until July 2012. He has been a frequent contributor to the newspaper "la Repubblica", commenting on international politics events since October 2012.
Since 16 December, 2011 he has been serving as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Euronews, a news european multilingual television channel, based in Lyon. Since 30 June 2015 he has been appointed as Chairman of the Editorial Board of Euronews.
Since 16 May 2012 he has been also Chairman of Juventus Museum.