ARTE E INDUSTRIA
Thursday, 12 May 2011
An appointment with… Francesco Casoli
Faculty of Engineering, L’Aquila University, Aula Magna
The first official event organized by Fondazione ARIA that targeted all Abruzzo students and citizens was the evening with Francesco Casoli, entrepreneur and senator, promoter of the Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, chosen both for his industrial commitments and for his efforts in promoting the relationship between artistic creativity and industrial production. The aim of this first meeting was to provide a tangible example of the need and possibility of a strategic alliance between culture, industrial innovation and local promotion, where art becomes the driving force within the company itself and institutional promotion tool for the enterprise and territory worldwide.
Francesco Casoli is President of the Gruppo Elica, world leader in the production of cooker hoods and a European leader in the production of electric motors. Elica, listed since 2006 in the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange, has a turnover of 368,000,000 euros, employs about 2,800 staff and has nine factories around the world: in Italy located in the Marche; Poland; Mexico; Germany; India, and China. In 2011 Elica was voted top of the workplace environment classification by Italy’s Great Place to Work institute, after three years was as first “all-Italian” company behind the Italian headquarters of several multinationals. Also in the last three years, the company was number one in the rankings drawn up by Great Place to Work Europe. In 2009, it was awarded the Etica e Impresa prize in the “Responsabilità Sociale per l’Accordo Integrativo” category.
Casoli is an art enthusiast who promoted the “Ermanno Casoli” international contemporary art prize, in 1998, dedicated to the memory of his father. In 2007 it developed into the Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, of which Francesco is vice-chairman and whose goal is to promote contemporary art and cultural activities of an artistic, literary and musical nature, bridging the art and corporate world gap. In 1999, the regularity and continuity of Elica’s investments in culture enable it to reach the finals of Venice’s Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura award for the Elica art project.
Event curated by:
Hotel Villa Maria
Azienda Marramiero srl
Pescara University Faculty of Economics and Commerce
L’Aquila University Faculty of Engineering