CCIU President Mari passes away
Francesco Maria Mari, the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCIU) passed away suddenly at the age of 65, the chamber has told the Budapest Business Journal.
"The board of directors, the board of auditors, and the general secretary together with the whole team of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary express their condolences and send their deepest sympathy to the family," CCIU said in a statement signed by VP Ferdinando Martignago and general secretary Stefania Speziani.
Mari earned a law degree from Bocconi University in Milan and gathered more than two decades of managerial experience working at companies such as Merloni, Saatchi & Saatchi, RAS Allianz, and Banca Popolare. He joined the chamber in 2015 as treasurer and later vice president; in 2016 he became secretary general and in 2017 he was elected president.
The chamber has released few other details, but said on March 25: "The funeral took place yesterday in Rome and at the same time we live-streamed a 5 minutes commemoration on our social medias and website." That commeooration, in Italian, is available on the chamber's social media sites.
Fellow Italian businessesman Alessandro Farina from ITL Group, added his own statement when contacted by the Budapest Business Journal. "The Italian community was shocked to learn about the premature and sudden death of Francesco Maria Mari, president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, but also a father and business man well known for his energy and dedication to the chamber to which he devoted himself entirely in the last few years," he said.
"His aim was to build a unified Italian community in Hungary. Many of us remember his strong character and enthusiasm in pushing through ideas, projects and events in Budapest and in the country side," Farina added.
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