Born on July 29th 1951 in Alzano Lombardo (BG). Married, with three children, Lorenzo Pellicioli lives in Paris.
He started his career as a journalist for the newspaper Giornale Di Bergamo and afterwards became Vice-President of Bergamo TV Programmes. From 1978 to 1981 he held different posts in Italian private television sector: for Manzoni Pubblicità, and for Publikompass up to his nomination as Rete 4 General Manager. In 1984 he joined Gruppo Mondadori, the leading Italian publishing group. He was initially appointed General Manager for Advertising Sales, and Mondadori Periodici (magazines) Deputy General Manager, and afterwards President and CEO of Manzoni & C. S.p.A, the Group’s advertising representative.
From 1990 to 1997, he served as First President and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines in Miami, which is part of the Costa Crociere Group operating in the North American market (USA, Canada and Mexico) and then became General Manager of Costa Crociere S.p.A., based in Genoa, with worldwide responsibilities. From 1995 to 1997 he was also President and CEO of Compagnie Française de Croisières (Costa-Paquet), the Paris-based subsidiary of Costa Crociere.
From 1997 onwards he participated in the privatisation of Seat Pagine Gialle, which was purchased by a group of financial investors. After the acquisition he was appointed CEO of SEAT. In February 2000 he also took charge of the Internet Business unit of Telecom Italia, subsequent to the sale of Seat. In September 2001, following the acquisition of Telecom Italia by the Pirelli Group, he resigned.
As from November 2005 he became CEO of the De Agostini Group.From August 2006 until April 2015 he was Chairman of Gtech S.p.A. then, following the merger with IGT, he was appointed Deputy Chariman of IGT.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A..
He is also member of the Advisory board of Palamon Capital Partners.
He was formerly also a member of the boards of Enel, INA-Assitalia and Toro Assicurazioni, and of the Advisory Board of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking.
On April 3, 2017 he was honoured with the title of Chevalier dans l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the French Legion of Honor).