Francesco Merloni

Francesco Merloni
Minister of Public Works
In office
28 April 1993  9 May 1994
Prime Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
In office
28 June 1992  27 April 1993
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Personal details
Born (1925-09-17) 17 September 1925
Nationality Italian
Political party Christian Democracy (until 1992)
Olive Tree Coalition (1996)
Spouse(s) Cecilia Lazzarini
Alma mater University of Pisa

Francesco Merloni (born 17 September 1925) is an Italian industrialist, engineer and politician who was a member of the Christian Democrats. He served as the minister of public works from 1992 to 1994. He led the Indesit company until 2011.

Early life and education

Merloni hails from a family who founded the Merloni group and created the brand, Ariston, among the others.[1] He was born in Fabriano on 17 September 1925.[2] He holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pisa in 1953.[3][4]


After graduation Merloni began his career in the family company, Merloni, in 1954 and worked there until 1972.[4] From 1972 to 1998 he was elected to the Italian senate.[2][4] He was a Christian Democrat senator until 1992.[2] He also served as a member of the Parliament.[1][3] In the elections of 1976, 1979, 1983 and 1987 he was elected deputy with the Christian Democrats.[4]

He was the public works minister in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Giuliano Amato from 28 June 1992 to 27 April 1993.[2][5] He retained his post in the next cabinet led by Prime Minister Carlo Azeglio Ciampi from 28 April 1993 to 9 May 1994.[2] In the 1996 elections, he was elected to the Parliament with the Olive Tree Alliance.[4]

He led the Ariston Thermo Group until 2011.[1][6] He is now the Honorary Chairman.[3] In addition, he is the president of the "Aristide Merloni" Foundation, the national president of the UCID (Christian Union of Entrepreneurs and Managers) and vice president of AREL (Research and Legislation Agency).[3]

Personal life

Merloni married Cecilia Lazzarini and they have three children.[4] Merloni's son, Paolo, is also a businessman.[1]

Honors and awards

Merloni was awarded the Knight Grand Cross Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 1994.[7] He was honored by Prix France Italie as best Italian entrepreneur of the year in France in 2003.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Energetic People". Itogi (33): 24–27. 19 August 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Francesco Merloni". Italian Senate. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Indesit Co Spa". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Merloni Francesco". Who's who in Italy. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. John Tagliabue (10 March 1993). "Italian Energy Chief Held in Scandal". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  6. "People Moving".
  7. "Dettaglio decorato". Italian Presidency. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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