Pasquale Pistorio graduated
in 1963 in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Turin with a
Degree in Electronics. He began his career as a salesman for Motorola
products and in 1967 he joined Motorola in Italy, rising through the ranks
to become Director of International Marketing in July 1977, based in Phoenix,
Arizona. At the same time, he was appointed Vice President of Motorola
Corporation and soon after, in November 1978, he was promoted to General
Manager of Motorolas International Semiconductor Division, responsible
for design, manufacturing and marketing activities for all regions outside
of the United States.
In July 1980 Pistorio accepted the challenge to return to Italy as President
and Chief Executive Officer of the SGS Group, the only Italian microelectronics
company. His unwavering commitment to build the company into a profitable
broadline semiconductor manufacturer led to one of Pistorios most
significant achievements to date: the successful integration of SGS with
the French semiconductor champion, Thomson Semiconducteurs, in May 1987.
This was a powerful merger, which put the newly formed company, SGS-THOMSON
Microelectronics (renamed STMicroelectronics in 1998), in a much better
position to compete on the international market.
As President and CEO of the new company, Pistorio has been responsible
for developing STs diverse product portfolio based on high-growth
applications, as well as its worldwide network of strategic alliances.
This business model has proved so successful that ST is now positioned
at the highest level in the worldwide ranking of semiconductor companies.
Given the successful performance of the company, shareholders decided
to list ST's shares on the New York Stock Exchange and the Paris Bourse.
This 1994 listing was followed by the listing on the Borsa Italiana (Milan
Stock Exchange) in 1998.
In the last two decades, Pistorio has championed the cause of Europe's
microelectronics industry and his role has not been one of pure theory
but has produced concrete and important industrial results.
Throughout his career, Pistorio has also been a staunch advocate of environmental
protection. He passionately believes that companies such as ST should
continually strive to be at the forefront of the sustainable development
movement. This belief is based not only on ethical and social grounds,
but also on the more practical need to attract and retain young, talented
employees. It also stems from his firm conviction that environmentally
friendly companies are more financially competitive.
As a firm believer in corporate social responsibility, Pistorio takes
a special interest in the cause of fighting the Digital Divide -- the
huge imbalance between those who have access to information technology
and benefit from it and those who do not. As a member of the United Nations
Information and Communications Task Force dedicated to bridging the Digital
Divide, he helps develop proposals to attract corporate attention and
commitment to this new worldwide challenge.
Upon his retirement as President and CEO of STMicroelecronics on March
18th, 2005, Pistorio was appointed by the Companys Managing Board
as Honorary Chairman, where he acts as an ambassador of the Company while
continuing to make available to ST, as appropriate, his wealth of experience
and insight into the semiconductor, electronics, and industrial worlds.
Pasquale Pistorio has served as Chairman of Telecom Italia from April
to December 2007 and is currently Board Member of Fiat and Chartered Semiconductors,
and Vice President for Innovation and Research of Confindustria, the Confederation
of Italian Industrialists.
Public Statements by Pasquale Pistorio
Pasquale Pistorio - Awards and Honors
1974 - created Commendatore al Merito of the Italian
1990 - created Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite
by the President of the French Republic
June 1997 - created "Cavaliere del Lavoro" by the President
of the Italian Republic
June 1998 - decorated Ouissam Alaouite by the Kingdom
November 1999 - awarded Public Service Star by the Government of
December 1999 - received the Chevalier de la Légion
dHonneur from the French Republic
December 2000 - received the Akira Inoue Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) in the Semiconductor
December 2001 - won the 2001 Environmental Leadership Award given
annually by Tomorrow, one of the worlds most prestigious publications
devoted to business sustainability issues
June 2002 - voted among the top 50 Stars of Europe
by Business Week magazine
November 2002 placed at number 1 in the Top 25 Movers
and Shakers by Time magazine
April 2003 awarded Prix du Manager d'Entreprise
in the Prix des Technologies de l'information", organized by
Telecom Paris, a French telecommunications academy
September 2003 received Lifetime Achievement Award
from Reed Electronics Group, as part of inaugural European Electronics
October 2003 awarded Honorary Citizen of Singapore
by the Government of Singapore
June 2004 received “IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership
Recognition” for exceptional managerial leadership "in revitalizing
the semiconductor industry in Europe and increasing its influence worldwide"
January 2005 received Green Hero Lifetime Achievement
Award from AnalogZONE magazine
September 2005 awarded "Officier de la Légion
d'Honneur" from the French Republic
March 2009 nominated "Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite" by the President of the French Republic on March 25, 2009.
April 2010 – awarded “ACE Lifetime Achievement Award” from EETimes magazine
August 2011 – recipient of the 2011 IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal Award for Pasquale Pistorio's "contributions to, and leadership in, the technology, business and environmental development of the global semiconductor and electronics industry."
In addition, Pasquale Pistorio has received honorary degrees from the
University of Genoa, the University of Malta, the University of Pavia,
the University of Catania, the University of Palermo, the University of
Sannio, Benevento, and the University Bicocca of Milan.
• Confindustria, the Confederation of Italian Industrialists, Vice
President for Innovation and Research
• Telecom Italia, Member of the Board
• Fiat, Member of the Board
• “Comité Stratégique pour l'attractivité
de la France", a group of industry consultants to the Prime Minister's
office to create better conditions for inward investment
• Government of Singapore’s International Advisory Board,
• United Nations ICT Task Force
• International Business Council of the World Economic Forum
• World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Member of
• European Union’s Nanotechnology Platform (ENIAC), Chairman
of Advisory Council
• Conseil Stratégique des Technologies de l’Information,
• Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Advisory Board
• European Round Table (ERT) of Industrialists
• Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore), Member of the
• Agence pour l’Innovation Industrielle (AII), France, Member
of Supervisory Board