Corrado Antonini Notable Cruise Industry Death – On Friday, July 20, 2018, Corrado Antonini, 84, former Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri CEO passed away leaving many friends and associates remembering an elegant man with movie-star looks and diplomat manners, as a strong leader who held many roles at Fincantieri, ultimately executive chairman, and who chaired numerous industry groups.
Born in Rome, Antonini graduated with honors in law. He became an honorary naval architect and honorary master in business administration.
The world’s leading cruise shipbuilder, Fincantieri has produced 85 cruise ships since 1990, while 47 more are currently being designed or built in the group’s yards.
Antonini began his career in the steel sector before moving into shipbuilding, becoming Fincantieri’s general manager and joining the board in 1984. He became managing director in 1985 and CEO three years later. In 1994 he added the chairman’s title, then became executive chairman from 2000 until his retirement in December 2012.
Antonini also chaired Euroyards, a European Economic Interest Grouping of seven major European yards. He was honorary chairman and member of the board of SEA Europe (Ships & Maritime Equipment Associations of Europe), and he chaired Assonave, the Italian Association of Shipbuilders and Related Industries. He chaired numerous other prominent groups related to maritime, aerospace and defense industries.
Antonini was endowed with the highest Italian decoration for economic merits, Cavaliere del Lavoro, and received other decorations in Italy and Finland, as well as the Columbus Gold Medal of Genoa and the Freedom of the City of Trieste.
He is survived by wife Gunilla and their daughters Carola and Camilla.