Andrea Sironi President of Bocconi, Succeeding Mario Monti


The passing of the torch, effective from 1 November, will be marked symbolically on 7 December, focusing on Europe, with a speech by President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in the presence of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

The Board of the Javotte Bocconi Manca di Villahermosa Institute – which guides the strategic and governance choices of Bocconi University – met this morning under the chairmanship of Prof. Angelo Provasoli. In acknowledgement of the wish of Prof. Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, not to undertake a new term, the Board unanimously decided to appoint Prof. Andrea Sironi as President of Bocconi University for the four-year academic period beginning on 1 November 2022, on the proposal of President Provasoli and Monti himself.

Full Professor in the Department of Finance, Sironi was Rector of Bocconi University from 2012 to 2016 and has been Vice President since 2018. He is also Chairman of the Generali Group and the AIRC Foundation.

“I am very grateful to the Javotte Bocconi Institute for this appointment,” said Andrea Sironi. “It is a great honor to succeed Mario Monti at the head of the Bocconi University Board. It will not be easy to follow his legacy, but I am sure I can count on the active support of the Board, the Rector, the Managing Director and the members of the faculty and staff.”

In order for the Bocconi system to continue availing itself of the experience gained by Mario Monti in his long presidency of the University, the Board of the Javotte Bocconi Institute has appointed Prof. Monti as President of the Institute and Prof. Provasoli as Managing Director, both with effect from 1 November 2022.

“Today has confirmed very important changes at the top of the Bocconi system,” commented Angelo Provasoli. “To Andrea Sironi I send the most heartfelt congratulations for this prestigious assignment, which I am sure he will be able to carry out in a masterly way, guiding Bocconi with style and determination towards increasingly ambitious goals. To Mario Monti I express my deep gratitude for his dedication and the extraordinary results achieved by Bocconi in the years of his presidency.”

“The appointment of Andrea Sironi is the best guarantee for the future of the University,” declared Mario Monti. “His deep knowledge of Bocconi and the international context of higher education, his strategic vision, scientific authority and the style that distinguishes him will allow Andrea to lead the University Board with competence, determination and balance. In the roles entrusted to him in recent years, as Vice President and in particular as coordinator of strategic planning, Andrea has already made important contributions to the presidency.” Monti added, with reference to his new position, “I am very grateful to President Provasoli for the leadership he has shown in heading the Javotte Bocconi Institute and I will be happy to work with him in this endeavor.”

President Sironi will take office on 1 November, at the same time as the new University Board, and the passage from Rector Gianmario Verona to the new Rector, Francesco Billari.

On 7 December, the 120th anniversary of the birth of the University, an event will be held in the presence of President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and with a speech by President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

On this occasion, which will symbolically mark the transition from Mario Monti to Andrea Sironi as President of the University, a new project will be presented. Bocconi intends to carry out this project with other Italian and international institutions to contribute to the promotion of European ideals in the next generations and the quality and effectiveness of European policies, through advanced interdisciplinary research. With the encouragement of Bocconi supporters in Italy and abroad and the drive of Andrea Sironi, the project draws inspiration from the commitment to Bocconi and Europe that has characterized the entire academic and civil life of Mario Monti.

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