GEI Luncheon in honor of Joseph V. Cozza, Catering Sales Leader at Marriott Internationa

GEI Luncheon in honor of Joseph V. Cozza – New York, June 27, 2018 – Remarks by Lucio Caputo – GEI President

New York, June 27 2018- It is with great pleasure that – on behalf of GEI and myself – I extend the most cordial welcome to Joseph Cozza, a Marriott International executive for over 30 years who is currently part of the global sales organization and serves as the Catering Sales Director for the Northeast Region.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mr. Cozza has held various executive positions with Sheraton, Hyatt, and Fairmont hotels. In recent years he was also Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cipriani USA. He played a major role during the pre-opening and opening of the Grand Hyatt New York in 1980 and the New York Marriott Marquis in 1985.

Mr. Cozza is an active member of the hospitality industry and various philanthropic organizations. He is founder and former president of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events (NACE).  He serves on the Board of Directors of Inside Broadway and was a previous Board member of the Little Sisters of the Assumption and the Sports Angels.

His professional affiliations include the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, French American Chamber of Commerce and the American Theatre Wing. He is also a member of the Food and Beverage Association of New York and of Les Amis d’Escoffier Society.

His awards and recognitions include the Emma Lazarus Award, given by the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York for his contributions to the city’s business community. He was the honoree for the Hospitality and Tourism Division of the Cardinals Committee, and received the Outstanding Achievement Award for food and wine from the Italian Wine and Food Institute. In 2006 he was named Hospitality Professional of the Year by the Food and Beverage Managers’ Association of America and was presented with the 2007 “Man of the Year” award by the Les Amis d’Escoffier Society. Most recently, in April 2018, he received the Civic and Cultural Award from the Clarion Music Society.

We are very grateful that Mr. Cozza has taken the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us today, and we look forward to hearing about the new activities of Marriott International, as well as his thoughts on the various changes that have affected the hospitality, food and entertainment industry in recent years.

I am pleased, therefore, on behalf of GEI, to present Joseph Cozza with the “GEI Friendship Award” in recognition of his many outstanding accomplishments in the hospitality sector.

The luncheon was held on June 27, 2018 in the Atrium Room

of Il Gattopardo restaurant in New York City.

GEI Luncheon in honor of Alessia Antinori, Vice President of Marchesi Antinori

La Vice Presidente della Casa Marchesi Antinori
 
New York, 9 maggio – – La Vice Presidente della Casa Marchesi Antinori, Alessia Antinori, è stata oggi premiata con il “GEI  Friendship Award” nel corso di una colazione data in suo onore dal GEI – Gruppo Esponenti Italiani alla quale hanno preso parte numerosi qualificati esponenti del mondo imprenditoriale di New York e vari esponenti dei media.
 
Fra i presenti: il Rappresentante Permanente dell’Italia presso le Nazioni Unite Amb. Sebastiano Cardi, il Console Generale Min. Francesco Genuardi, i consoli Silvia Limoncini, Isabella Periotto e Chiara Saulle, Giorgio Gallenzi dello Studio Grimaldi, l’Amb. Daniele Bodini, Noel Lateef della Foreign Policy Association, il Commissioner Daniel Nigro della FDNY, l’architetto Sandi Pei di Pei Partnership Architects, Simona Gelpi e Fiorella Poppi di Autogrill-Benetton, Giovanni Majnoni della Banca d’Italia, Alberto Milani e Federico Tozzi della Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, Mark Jaffe della Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Elena Pirondini di UNFPA, Benedetto Mencaroni Poiani dell’Alitalia, Luciano Moresco di Luciano Moresco Co., Nicholas Gravante e il giudice Eugene Nardelli della Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Diego Rodino’ di Miglione di Cushman & Wakefield, Stefano Schiavello di Deloitte, Giovanni Spinelli di Pavia & Harcourt, Stefano Acunto di CINN, Giuseppe Brusa di GC Consultants, Giorgio Caputo di JOHCM, Cecilia DeAngelis e Olivia Ribbe del Marriott, Jay Levenson del MoMA, Marco Martegiani di Pizzarotti USA, RoseMarie Gallina Santangelo e Francesco De Angelis dell’ASILM, Christopher Gates di JP Morgan, la pianista Cristiana Pegoraro, Kimberly Fry dell’Italian Wine & Food Institute, Francesco Di Paolo di Loro Piana, Ottavio Serena di Lapigio di Lincolnshire Management, Annie Borello Fiorilla di Santa Croce della Fox Horan, Joseph Guccione del Freeh Group International Solutions e Alessandra Rotondi di Saks Fifth Avenue.
 
Fra i giornalisti: Ines Theodoli di Bloomberg, Andrea Fiano di Global Finance Magazine, Giampaolo Pioli di Quotidiano Nazionale e Giovanni Pellerito di GP Communications.
 
Al termine della colazione, tenutasi nella Atrium Room del Ristorante Il Gattopardo di Manhattan, il presidente del GEI, Lucio Caputo ha presentato l’illustre ospite, sottolineando come la Marchesi Antinori  sia una delle case vinicole più famose del mondo.
 
Caputo ha quindi ricordato come Alessia Antinori, nata in Italia, sia cresciuta nell’antico Palazzo Antinori al centro di Firenze e di come sin dal 1996 si sia interessata della produzione vinicola in particolare nelle tenute di Tignanello e di  Guado al Tasso.
 
Dopo aver ricevuto nel 1998 una laurea in Agricoltura ed Enologia presso l’Università di Agraria di Milano, ha cominciato a lavorare nell’azienda specialmente interessandosi allo spumante Montenisa  in Franciacorta. 
 
Si è quindi specializzata nel settore delle vendite e delle esportazioni viaggiando moltissimo, quale ambasciatore della famiglia Antinori, soggiornando a lungo in Asia. Dal 2009 vive a New York da dove cura il mercato americano seguendo lo staff della Casa Marchesi Antinori.
 
Alessia Antinori rappresenta anche la famiglia nel consiglio di amministrazione della “Primum Familiae Vini”, un gruppo internazionale che racchiude alcune delle più famose ed antiche case vinicole che promuovono le tradizioni ed i valori delle loro case.
 
Seguendo il suo grande interesse per l’arte, Alessia Antinori ha curato la creazione di un museo presso la sede della Marchesi Antinori nella zona del Chianti Classico. E’ anche presidente del “Friends of the National Italian Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome” e, per gli ultimi 15 anni, anche membro dell’International Council Group del MoMA a New York.
 
Il presidente del GEI ha detto di conoscere Alessia da moltissimi anni e di averne sempre ammirato la sua leadership e i suoi sforzi per ulteriormente espandere la crescita, in campo internazionale di quella che si può considerare una delle più prestigiose e conosciute case vinicole del mondo. Casa che nel corso degli anni ha grandemente contribuito al prestigio ed all’immagine del Made in Italy costituendo al contempo un importante assetto economico italiano.
 
Nel consegnare il “GEI Friendship Award”, Caputo ha concluso sottolineando che in un periodo di grande globalizzazione ove si ha il predominio delle multinazionali e si tende a perdere la propria identità e tradizione, costituisca motivo di particolare orgoglio premiare la rappresentante di una azienda di lunghissima tradizione italiana che è, e resta, interamente italiana e che dà tanto prestigio ed immagine all’Italia.
 
Da parte sua, Alessia Antinori, dopo aver vivamente ringraziato il presidente Caputo ed il GEI per il prestigioso premio assegnatole, nonché  tutti i presenti per la loro calorosa partecipazione ha tracciato un breve profilo della Marchesi Antinori che da oltre seicento anni si occupa della produzione di vini di alta qualità ricordando in particolare il padre, il Marchese Piero Antinori, e la costante presenza della casa negli Stati Uniti, che costituiscono il primo mercato di esportazione della Marchesi Antinori.
 
Alla cena, con un raffinato menu italiano curato dall’Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo, che includeva Paccheri con Salsa Genovese, tritato di maiale, vino bianco e cipolline dolci, Filetti di Branzino del Mediterraneo con verdure grigliate e Tortini di Mandorle al Caffe con Panna Montata, sono stati serviti il Marchesi Antinori, Tenuta Guado al Tasso Vermentino Bolgheri DOC 2016 e il Marchesi Antinori, Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato, Bolgheri DOC 2015.
 
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GEI Luncheon in honor of Alessandro Leipold, Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund

Premiato l’Executive Director per l’Italia presso l’I.M.F.

New York, 1 maggio 2018 – l’Executive Director per l’Italia presso l’International Monetary Fund, Alessandro Leipold, è stato oggi ospite ad una colazione data in suo onore dal GEI – Gruppo Esponenti Italiani alla quale hanno preso parte numerosi qualificati esponenti del mondo imprenditoriale di New York e vari esponenti dei media.

Fra questi: il Console Generale Min. Francesco Genuardi, Alberto Cribiore di Citibank, Mark Jaffe della Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Giovanni Majnoni della Banca d’Italia, Noel Lateef della Foreign Policy Association, Daniel Nigro del FDNY, Vincenzo Ciancio della Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, il Console Silvia Limoncini, Biagio Calabrese di Intesa Sanpaolo, Luciano Moresco di Luciano Moresco Co., Giuseppe Brusa di GC Consultants, Gisella Levi Caroti di Herzfeld & Rubin, Diego Rodino’ di Miglione della Cushman & Wakefield, Giovanni Spinelli dello Studio Pavia & Harcourt, Stefano Schiavello di Deloitte, Elena Pirondini dell’United Nations Population Fund, Alessandra Rotondi di Saks Fifth Avenue, Sebastian Rasp di Citibank, Joseph Guccione di Freeh Group International Solutions, Ines Theodoli di Bloomberg, Gaetana Marrone della Princeton University, Francesco De Angelis dell’ASILM, il Generale Gabriele Failla, il Colonnello Luigi Viel e i diplomatici  Pier Luigi Zamporlini, Alessandra Fabrizia Rossi e Ludovico Serra, della Rappresentanza Permanente Italiana presso le Nazioni Unite.

Fra i giornalisti Ugo Caltagirone, Gina Di Meo e Valeria Robecco dell’ANSA, Andrea Fiano di Global Finance Magazine, Francesco Semprini di La Stampa, Stefania Spatti e Marco Valsania di Il Sole 24 Ore, Giampaolo Pioli del Quotidiano Nazionale e Arturo Zampaglione di La Repubblica.

Al termine della colazione, tenutasi nell’Atrium Room del Ristorante Il Gattopardo di Manhattan, il presidente del GEI, Lucio Caputo ha presentato l’illustre ospite al qualificato pubblico presente ringraziandolo per essere appositamente venuto da Washington.

Caputo ha quindi ricordato che il Direttore ha recentemente preso il posto di Carlo Cottarelli, che era stato più volte ospite del GEI durante la sua lunga permanenza a Washington.

Nato in Italia, Alessandro Leipold ha ricevuto una laurea in Economia dall’Università Bocconi nel 1973, completando quindi i suoi studi presso la University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Il Dr. Leipold ha avuto una intensa carriera in economia e finanza, nel settore bancario e presso varie organizzazioni internazionali quali l’European Commission e l’IMF, del quale è entrato a far parte nel 1982. Quale Acting Director dell’European Department, Alessandro Leipold è  stato in prima fila nella crisi finanziaria globale degli anni 2007-08.

Dopo aver lasciato l’European Department, alla fine del 2008, il Dr. Leipold è stato Chief Economist del Lisbon Council a Brussels e Senior Fellow alla LUISS University School of European Political Economy a Roma.

Alessandro Leipold ha scritto ampiamente sui problemi finanziari internazionali, anche come editorialista per Il Sole 24 Ore, e ha tenute numerose conferenze.

Dopo aver sottolineato che Alessandro Leipold  è uno di quegli italiani di cui essere orgogliosi che ha svolto la sua attività in vari contesti internazionali rappresentando l’Italia, il presidente Caputo gli ha consegnato il “GEI Friendship Award” in segno di riconoscimento  per i notevoli successi avuti.

Da parte sua, il Direttore Leipold  dopo aver vivamente ringraziato il presidente Caputo ed il GEI per il prestigioso premio assegnatogli, ha tracciato un quadro della situazione politica italiana, quale è emersa dalle recenti elezioni, sottolineando l’urgenza di poter avere al più presto un Governo che possa adeguatamente rappresentare l’Italia nei vari contesti internazionali, specie in un momento di grande attivismo da parte degli altri paesi, e che possa dare ulteriore impulso alla ripresa economica in corso.

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Segue – sotto –  foto premiazione (da s. a d. – Alessandro Leipold – Lucio Caputo)

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GEI Luncheon in honor of Cecilia Alemani, Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art

New York, June 27 2017-

Remarks by GEI President Lucio Caputo:

It is with great pleasure that – on behalf of GEI and myself – I extend the most cordial welcome to Cecilia Alemani, who, as you know, is also the Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Born in Italy, Alemani received a BA degree in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi in Milan in 2001 and an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York in 2005.

Throughout her career, Alemani has collaborated with many museums, institutions, and foundations, and has also pursued more unconventional projects with non-profits and informal organizations.

From 2007 to 2008, she served as Curator of Special Projects for Artissima in Turin.

From January 2009 to February 2010, she served as Curatorial Director of X Initiative, a year-long experimental non-profit space in New York, where she curated many exhibitions including solo shows by leading artists. At X Initiative she conceived and organized more than 50 events including performances, panel discussions, symposia, lectures, concerts, and screenings.

She is the co-founder of No Soul For Sale, a festival of independent spaces, non-profit organizations, and artists collectives which took place at X Initiative in New York in June 2009 and at Tate Modern in London in May 2010 as the main event for the museum’s tenth anniversary.

Since 2011, she has been the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, which is presented by Friends of the High Line, and the curator of Frieze Projects, presented during the Frieze Art Fair in New York. In 2011 she also worked as guest curator for the performance art biennial Performa 11 in New York.

Alemani also served as an advisor to the Film Festival in Venice, for the category Orizzonti, devoted to new tendencies in filmmaking, and she oversaw the organization of the Future Generation Art Prize, a new prize for emerging artists established by the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev.

As an independent curator she organized numerous exhibitions in museums, non-profit spaces, and galleries.  She is a contributor to several art publications including Artforum, Domus Magazine and Flash Art.

We are very grateful that Cecilia Alemani has taken the time out of her very busy schedule to be with us here today to discuss her exciting activities for the Italian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, one of the most important art exhibitions in the world.

I am pleased, therefore, on behalf of GEI, to present Cecilia Alemani with the “GEI Friendship Award” in recognition of her many outstanding accomplishments.

 

The luncheon was held on June 27th in the Stella Private Room

of Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.

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GEI Luncheon in honor of Mauro Porcini, Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo


New York, May 4, 2017- Remarks by GEI President Lucio Caputo:

It is with great pleasure that – on behalf of GEI and myself – I extend the most cordial welcome to the Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo, Mauro Porcini.

Born in Gallarate, Mauro received his masters at the Politecnico of Milan in 2000. He began his professional career at Philips Design and then created his own design firm, Wisemad Srl, in Italy. His work was showcased at the Louvre in Paris as well as the Seoul Art Center.

Mauro then went on to serve as Chief Design Officer at 3M, where his mission was to build and nurture a design sensitive culture in a technology driven and global corporation. His teams, based in the U.S., Italy, China and Japan, won many of the world’s most prestigious design and innovation awards.

Mauro joined PepsiCo in 2012 as its Chief Design Officer. In this newly created position, Mauro is infusing design thinking into PepsiCo’s culture and is leading a new approach to innovation by design that impacts the company’s product platforms and brands, which include Pepsi, Lay’s, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Doritos, Cheetos, Quaker, Mirinda, Sierra Mist and SunChips.

His focus as PepsiCo’s Chief Design Officer extends from physical to virtual expressions of the brands, including product, packaging, events, advertising, retail activation, architecture, and digital media.

Over the past few years, Mauro has been recognized for being a leader in design by a number of organizations: In 2011 Fast Company recognized him as one of the “50 Most Influential Designers in America” and “Master of Design” while the World HR Forum in Mumbai presented him with its “Award for Leadership and Innovation.”

In 2012 Fortune Magazine listed him in the “40 under 40” ranking – its list of “the business’s hottest rising stars” – the only designer included, Ad Age named him in their “Creativity 50” – its list of the “world’s most influential creative personalitiesand the PoliMi of the University Politecnico of Milan has recognized him with the AlumniPolimi Awards 2012 (area Creativity) for the “great merit of contributing to enrich the Italian culture in the world”.

In 2014 Fast Company listed him as one of the “Most Creative People in Business 1000,” and he was recognized with the “PRIMIDIECI UNDER 40,” an award that celebrates the extraordinary professional and personal success of the ten most distinguished Italians in the U.S. every year.

As you can see from Mauro’s extraordinary career, he was already very successful while in Italy and that success brought him to a position of more relevance in the U.S. in one of the largest, most prestigious and most innovative American corporations. This is something that is not very common, and this both reflects Mauro’s exceptional qualities and clearly confirms that great Italians can be successful abroad where they can be fully appreciated. And that should make all Italians very proud of being Italian, as we are of Mauro Porcini and his success on both sides of the Atlantic.

I am pleased, therefore, on behalf of GEI, to present Mauro Porcini with the “GEI Friendship Award” in recognition of the many accomplishments he has already reached and of the ones we are sure he will make in the future.

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The luncheon was held on May 4th in the Stella Private Room

of Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.

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GEI Luncheon in honor of Noel Lateef, President of the Foreign Policy Association

New York, April 20, 2017: Remarks by GEI President Lucio Caputo:

It is with great pleasure that – on behalf of GEI and myself – I extend the most cordial welcome to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foreign Policy Association, Mr. Noel Lateef.

Born in Rome, where his family was posted with FAO, Mr. Lateef received his B.A. magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

He received a JD degree from Yale Law School, where he was elected executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and editor of the Yale Law Journal. After graduating in 1982, he served as law clerk to James R. Browning, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to joining the Foreign Policy Association, Mr. Lateef was Chairman of The Bowery Savings Bank, a venerable New York-based financial institution founded in 1834. He was also previously affiliated with Sullivan & Cromwell and the U.S. State Department.

In 1995, upon the sale of The Bowery Savings Bank, Mr. Lateef joined the Foreign Policy Association as President and CEO. Noel Lateef is the longest serving President of the Foreign Policy Association, America’s first nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization devoted to citizen education in international affairs and which will celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year.

The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 99-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

In addition to running the FPA, Mr. Lateef is also active a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and numerous corporate boards. He is an adjunct professor of international law at SUNY Stony Brook and has authored over thirty publications, including a book on economic development in the Sahel Region of West Africa.

I have known Noel for many years and I have always admired his character, his limitless understanding of complex international relations, as well as his great ability to guide the Foreign Policy Association, which, under his leadership, has become one of the most influential and prestigious organizations in the U.S.

I am pleased, therefore, on behalf of GEI, to present President Noel Lateef with the “GEI Friendship Award” in recognition of his many outstanding accomplishments.

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The luncheon was held on April 20th in the Stella Private Room

of Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.

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