A unique experience, towards new projects
Arexpo is a private company held by a majority of public-sector shareholders, founded in 2011 to acquire the areas destined to host Expo Milano 2015.
Since the ending of the event we have worked to enhance the site, by opening to the community on several occasions, and defining a new development for the entire site, a space of more than one million square metres.
Our work has led to the creation of MIND Milano Innovation District, an innovation hub and a new neighbourhood for the city: a project with strong international ambitions, strategic for the entire country, built together with the ideas of Lendlease, the private partner in this operation.
Arexpo now continues to accompany MIND’s advancement, guaranteeing the certitude of administrative procedures and taking care of community activation.
Today, our commitment opens up to future initiatives throughout Lombardy, where we can use our expertise as mediators between institutions and private operators.
The activation task
An inclusive society — always networked
We build places for people, with people.
In its activities Arexpo chooses to involve and collaborate with universities, local organisations, businesses and schools.
The expression of a whole system
Our shareholders are the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Regione Lombardia, the Municipality of Milan and the Fiera Milano Foundation, as well as the Metropolitan City of Milan and the Municipality of Rho with smaller shares.
Our corporate structure is a symbol of cooperation between the forces across the country allowing us to enjoy a direct relationship with the different levels of government (both local and national).
- Ministry of Economy and Finance
- Regione Lombardia
- Municipality of Milan
- Fiera Milano Foundation
- Metropolitan City of Milan
- Municipality of Rho
Giovanni Azzone was born in Milan, in 1962. He graduated with honours in Engineering of Industrial Technologies with Economic-Organisational focus at Politecnico di Milano. He has been Professor of Business and Strategic Decisions since 1994 at Politecnico di Milano, of which he was the dean from December 2010 to December 2016.
He is Chairman of Arexpo S.p.A. and Spezia & Carrara Cruise Terminal S.r.l. He is a Member of the Ethics Committee of AssoConsult-Confindustria and of the Steering Committee of Fondazione BEIC (European Library of Information and Culture) and a Board Member of Poste Italiane since May 2016.
He is President of Fondazione Comunità Milano (Milan Community Foundation) and a member of the scientific committee of NGInfra, a Dutch non-profit organisation for the study of next generation infrastructures.
He has been a member of the board of FS Italiane S.p.A. and of the board of ACSM S.p.A. and has held various institutional positions linked to the most prestigious Italian and foreign universities and various ministries.
He has been carrying out research in the field of organisational analysis, management control and risk management in companies and public administrations.
More recently, his research and consultancy activity has focused on the theme of digitalisation and data management, with particular reference to the search for solutions that allow a correct balance between respect for individual privacy and collective benefit, a theme on which he is the author of several publications.
He has written several books and has published more than 70 articles in international magazines.
43, married, 3 daughters, born in Milan, with parents from Veneto.
Graduated at 23 in Political Science (110/110 at Università Cattolica, in Milan), he obtained three postgraduate specialisations in Marketing (Bocconi), Marketing and Digital Economics (Università Cattolica, in Milan) and Design Thinking (Politecnico di Milano).
After a few years of managerial experience in multinational consulting companies, at the age of 35 he became an executive in PHILIPS S.p.A., where he took on international responsibilities in the Mediterranean area. At 39 he became Sales Director of Europe, Africa and Middle East for MOLESKINE, achieving the best results in the history of the company’s division.
At the age of 40, in July 2018, the Chamber of Deputies elected him to the Board of Directors of RAI S.p.A., the most voted among the selected candidates. In 2019, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Arexpo S.p.A.