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Luigi Lazzareschi


Sofidel S.p.A

Luigi Lazzareschi (Pescia, 1963) is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Sofidel, the sixth largest producer of household and sanitary paper in the world. 

With a master's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, he took over the Group's Marketing department in 1988. It was in this capacity that he laid the foundations for the growth of the Regina brand, which helped Sofidel reach the top spot among Italian exporters in the industry in just a few years.

After the death of his father, Giuseppe (Group co-founder together with Emi Stefani), he took over his responsibilities in 1993. He then lead the subsequent expansion and internationalisation phase which, through considerable investments both in Italy and abroad, had the company support the development of the large international distribution chains.

The new millennium has recorded a further acceleration and, thanks to the acquisition of additional production capacity and established brands, in 2010 Sofidel became the second largest player in Europe.

Still under his leadership, in 2012 the Group achieved yet another milestone: the expansion of the commercial and productive activity in the United States. In the same years, he strategically chose to make sustainability a fundamental lever of development and innovation for Sofidel.

Other positions:

Luigi Lazzareschi is a member of the Ets board (European Tissue Symposium).

Since August 2012 he has been a permanent delegate on the Technical Committee for the environment at Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian Industry).

Since January 2013, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Giuseppe Lazzareschi Foundation.

In April 1999, he was appointed Cavaliere Ufficiale of the Italian Republic and, in May 2003, Commendatore of the Italian Republic.

In November 2015 he became President of “Comitato di indirizzo del distretto tecnologico cartario” of Lucca.

In February 2016 he was nominated Ambassador for the 50th anniversary of WWF Italy.

In 2018, Luigi Lazzareschi has been inducted in the Paper International Hall of Fame (PIHF), the small number of big names in the global tissue production industry. An induction that rewards his efforts in pursuing sustainable development and in expanding the business of the Group.




CEO Panel – Trade and Trump tweets, tomorrow’s biggest industry issues, economic uncertainty, M&A, plastics

Day Two

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 08:00

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  • Assessing the extent that fiber is driving M&A within the industry
  • Macro and micro deal drivers behind the market movements
  • A frank assessment of industry performance
  • The likely prevalence of future private equity backing
  • Opportunities presented by the war on plastic – Are we ready for the challenge?

Interview with Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO, Sofidel

Day Two

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 08:00

  • Sofidel’s greenfield operations in North America
  • Key market indicators
  • What next for Sofidel in the US and further afield

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