After completing a university degree in Economics and Commerce at the Bocconi University in Milan, and having served, as part of his military service, for the Grenadiers of Sardinia, he joined IBM Italy in Milan in 1968.
He worked for IBM until March 2001, holding various positions in Italy as well as in the United States and France including: Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of IBM Corporation, CEO of IBM Italy, Member of the World Wide Management Committee and Corporate IBM Vice-President. In the last years of his career in IBM he held the position of Chairman and Director General of IBM EMEA, based in Paris, with responsibility for operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, an organization with more than 110.000 people and revenue of about 30 billion US dollar.
Since 1991 he has been Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia and since July 2002 he is also Chairman of Aspen Junior Fellows.
In 2001-2006 he was Minister for Innovation and Technologies in the national Government, in charge of Government policy in matters relating to technological innovation with a special focus on Information and Communications Technologies, in order to promote the development of the “Information Society”.
In 2006 he was elected to the Italian Senate, where he was a member of the Industry Committee. In 2008 he was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies, where he is was a member of the Committee for the European Affairs until the beginning of 2013.
He has been Member of the various Boards, including of PartnerRe, a leading international reinsurance group, listed in the NYSE, Fila a sport wears maker, Italtel a communications technology company, IMD Foundation in Lousanne and others.
From 1994 to 2006 he has been Member of the Board of Directors of Bocconi University, chaired by Professor Mario Monti.
From 2009 to 2010 he has been Chief Executive Officer of Expo 2015 S.p.A., the company in charge of the organization and management of the Expo 2015 in Milan.
In 2004, he has conferred a doctorate “honoris causa” in computer science.
He is Chairman of the Pevero Golf Club in Sardinia