As previously announced during the Annual General Meeting, held on last 24th June 2020, the Chamber has now completed its internal re-organisation.

The structure of the governance, as planned by the newly approved Statute, entails an Executive Committee to support the new Secretary General, Verena Caris, and two Vice Presidents that will support the President, Alessandro Belluzzo, in carrying out his institutional functions and that will contribute to the development of the activities of the Chamber.

Furthermore, during the AGM, the names of the two neo-elected have been communicated: Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, and Sabrina Corbo, Founder & Executive Vice President GREEN NETWORK GROUP.

Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels. Son of Lord Charles Forte, in 1996 Sir Rocco founded the homonymous luxury hotels chain. At present, the company operates in many European major touristic destinations, such as London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Florence, Rome, Sicily, Monaco, Frankfurt, Berlin and St. Petersburg. In December 1994, he was knighted for his service to the touristic industry in the UK, and in 2005 he received the highest Honour, the Gran Croce dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, for his business merits and his strong connection with Italy. He has been President of the British Hospitality Association between 1991 and 1996.

Sabrina Corbo, Founder & Executive Vice President GREEN NETWORK GROUP. Sabrina has experience in many different international law firms, and, in 2003, she founded Green Network SpA with her husband, in Rome. After the success obtained in the Italian market, she decided to launch Green Network UK PLC in 2013, followed in 2015 by Green Network Energy Ltd, the first Italian company to provide energy and gas to the public and the private in the UK.

Thanks to her constant effort in promoting amicable relations between Italy and the UK, she has been appointed Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia.

Our President, Alessandro Belluzzo, takes the opportunity to renew his welcome to the new positions to both of them: “I am pleased to renew my warmest welcome and recognition to the new Vice Presidents, that, starting from now, will be only two, in accordance with the framework of the organizational revision of the Chamber. I thank both of them for their willingness to embrace this position, as I am sure that they will excellently contribute to the Chamber’s activities in their new role.

They both come from sectors of crucial importance and relevance for the economies of our two countries, Italy and the UK, and therefore the Chamber will benefit form their contribution in terms of experience, know how, network and new projects.”

Sir Rocco, indeed, conveyed supportive words: “I have been associated with and supported the Chamber over many years and am happy and honoured to accept the role of Vice President giving every support to the President in carrying out his role in these difficult times”.

There will be many challenges in this crucial moment for the UK, as says Sabrina Corbo: “I am honoured to receive this appointment that marks a phase of re-innovation of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK. Especially during a period like the one we are living right now in the UK, it is fundamental to contribute to more institutional recognizability of our industrial and commercial community in the UK and in Italy.”

The Chamber, in this new administrative organisation, is also willing to involve more its Honorary Councillors, for improving efficiency and support to its activities. Such desire is proven by the appointment as Honorary Councillor of Leonardo Simonelli, former President, and Maurizio Bragagni, CEO Tratos.

President Alessandro Belluzzo, with trust and gratefulness, reports: “I thank Leonardo, whose constant commitment towards the Chamber represents an important support, as well as an added value, for everyone. I also thank Maurizio for his willingness to accept this role and to keep contributing to the Chamber’s activities.

We are constantly working for a more modern Chamber, that will be more able to face the current and future challenges. We are pleased to inform that our renovated and renewed headquarter will be a point of reference for the businesses that want to be present in the British market.”

The Chamber will keep reinforcing its collaboration with the other Italian institutions present in the UK, with the aim of presenting a compact “Sistema Italia” that will support Italian businesses interested in the British market.

London, 24th November 2020