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Picinnini's father Arnaldo was a pioneer in the Italian electronic industry and in the 1950s founded an industrial group which included innovative brands such as VOXSON (TV, car radios, hi-fi etc.) and VIDEOCOLOR (colour TV picture tubes and other hi-tech electronic components). At the end of the 1960s, due to Marco’s father declining health, the family disposed of their interests in the various industrial activities and decided to move to Monaco where, after his father's death, Marco focused on his two main interests, finance and motor racing.
Marco studied architecture in Rome, where also begun his involvement in motor racing by cooperating with ‘‘De Sanctis’’, the Formula 3 constructor and racing team. He also received a training in the Techniques of International Negotiations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
In 1997 married Marie-Ahlem and they have a daughter.
- 2013, his advisory firm MPC provides consulting and other services in particular in the fields of luxury industry, Motor Sport and finance.
- Member of the Board of several companies including banks and industrial groups.
- 2011-2012, Minister of Finance and Economy of the Principality of Monaco.
In this capacity he focussed particularly on:
- restoring a balanced budget, generating a cash surplus in 2012;
- Introducing new legislations and process to ensure compliance of Monaco with modern standards in the field of international tax cooperation (OCED - Global Tax Forum) and anti-money laundering (Moneyval);
- reducing the risk profile of the Monaco National Reserve Fund while preserving its profitability.
- 2010, he served as Ambassador of Monaco to China and India.
Société Monégasque de Constructions Automobiles MP
- 1974 - co-founded the first Monegasque racing car manufacturer - Société Monégasque de Constructions Automobiles MP - which produced a few Formula 3 single seaters.
- 1977 - appointed by Enzo Ferrari as his representative for Formula 1 matters and shortly afterward appointed as the ‘‘Direttore Sportivo’’ of the Ferrari Team.
- 1978-1988, Motor Sport Director of Ferrari and Team Manager of the Formula 1 Team. In this capacity he was one of the architects of the ‘‘Concorde Agreement’’, the charter governing regulatory as well as financial aspects of the Formula 1 World Championship.
- Since 1983, Member of the Board of Directors of Ferrari SpA.
- 1993-1994, President of CSAI, the Italian Motor Sport Federation and elected in 1994 as a Vice President of FIA, the international Motor Sport Governing Body.
- 1997-2000, Executive Deputy Chairman and Challenge Representative of the PRADA Team during the America’s Cup XXX (Auckland 2000). Luna Rossa won the Louis Vuitton Cup and became the finalist against Team New Zealand.
- Member of the Board of ACCA (America’s Cup Challengers Association) and Chairman of its marketing Committee;
- Executive Chairman of the Challenger of Record Management for the following America’s Cup XXXI (i.e. the challengers association), the organiser of the Challenger Selection Series, also known as the Louis Vuitton Cup.
FOA – Formula One Administration
- 1998-99, Deputy CEO of FOA and FOM - Formula One Management (commercial rights holders for the Formula 1 World Championship).
- 1998-2008 Deputy President of FIA, chaired the World Motor Sport Council, the executive body which regulates all motor sport disciplines worldwide. Piccinini was serving out his third term as Deputy President but left his post a year early to focus on other professional commitments.
Monaco Sporting Associations
- 1981-2011 member of the Board of Directors of Automobile Club de Monaco, the organiser of the Monaco Grand Prix and Monte-Carlo Rally.
- 1999-2011, member of the Executive Committee of the Yacht Club de Monaco, supervising international relations and marketing activities. Also a member of the Constitution Committee of ISAF - International Sailing Federation.
- 1999-2011, member of the Committee of MCCC – Monte-Carlo Country Club - the organiser of the Tennis Masters Series Monte Carlo – dealing in particular with marketing and media rights negotiations concerning the Tournament, one of the ATP Super 9 Events.
- 2003-2009, member of the Board of Directors of AS Monaco Football Club, several times winner of the French Premier League and finalist of the 2004 UEFA Champion’s League.
Société de Crédit et de Banque de Monaco (Socrédit)
- 1975 - 1989, member of the Board of Directors of Société de Crédit et de Banque de Monaco (Socrédit), then one of the most active Monegasque banks and the subsidiary of an international financial group.
Société d'Etudes de Participations et de Courtages (SEPAC)
- 1978-2011, member of the Board of Directors of SEPAC, a property and real estate management company.
- 1981-2011, member of the Board of Directors of Crédit Mobilier de Monaco.
- 2006-2011, member of the Board of Directors of Compagnie Monégasque de Banque: the international private banking subsidiary of Mediobanca.
- Since 1989, member of the Board of Directors of this medium size Swiss banking group, specialized in private banking and asset/funds management.
- From 1998 until 2009, member of the Board of Directors of SBM, the largest Monegasque company, listed on the Paris stock exchange. SBM is the main resort and luxury hotel operator of the Principality of Monaco, including the Hotel de Paris, Hotel Hermitage, Les Casinos de Monte-Carlo, the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club etc. Also served as chairman of the Human Resources Committee of the Board.
- From 2006 until 2011, a member of the Board of Directors of the Group, one of the world’s leading producers of luxury furnishing under four principal brands, Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Cappellini.
- From 1992 until 2013, a member of the Board of Directors of this group, one of the leading worldwide construction materials producer.
- Since 2013, member of the Board of Directors of ABR Management. ABR Management is the holding company in particular for Bank of Rossiya, Sogaz Insurance Group and National Media Group.
Piccinini currently serves also as a member of the Board of Directors of:
- Ferrari: the GT and racing car manufacturer.
- Church’s Shoes Ltd.: the English luxury shoes maker, member of the PRADA Group.
- Montezemolo & Partners : a private equity and management company.
- Villa Nazareth Foundation (the Vatican): an educational institution active since 1946.
- International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria. : a Catholic theological faculty with degrees granted by the Holy See.
- http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/f1/news/story?id=3630361 via Associated Press wire, October 7, 2008.