Renato Ruggiero

Renato Ruggiero
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
In office
1 May 1995  1 September 1999
Preceded by Peter Sutherland
Succeeded by Mike Moore
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 June 2001  6 January 2002
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Preceded by Giuliano Amato
Succeeded by Silvio Berlusconi
Minister of Foreign Commerce
In office
28 July 1987  12 April 1991
Prime Minister Giovanni Goria
Ciriaco De Mita
Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by Mario Sarcinelli
Succeeded by Vito Lattanzio
Personal details
Born (1930-04-09)9 April 1930
Naples, Italy
Died 4 August 2013(2013-08-04) (aged 83)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Paola Tomacelli Filomarino
Children Riccardo
other two sons
Alma mater University of Naples Federico II

Renato Ruggiero (9 April 1930 – 4 August 2013) was an Italian politician. He was Director-General of the World Trade Organisation from 1995 to 1999 and briefly served as Italy's Foreign Minister in 2001.[1]


Born in Naples on 9 April 1930, Ruggiero graduated from Naples University in 1953 with a law degree.[2] He has held posts as Commerce secretary and in many private firms such as Fiat and the energy firm ENI. Ruggiero entered the foreign service following a degree in law from the University of Naples. After a brilliant career he became a top ranking diplomat managing tough situations in the 1980s such as the Sigonella crisis. He is famous for his ability as a tough negotiator and has thus earned the nickname of "Rocky" Ruggiero. At the time of his death in 2013, Ruggiero was an Ambassador and was working for Citigroup. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[3]


Ruggiero was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the government of Japan.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Sutherland
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Succeeded by
Mike Moore
Preceded by
Giuliano Amato
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Silvio Berlusconi

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