Sonia Bonfiglioli


An entrepreneur, she has a degree in mechanical engineering, an MBA from Profingest (now BBS), AMP - Advanced Management Program – at IESE, and a Certificate in Finance obtained at London Business School. She is Chair of the Board of Directors at Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A., founded in Bologna in 1956. Today the Bonfiglioli Group is present in over 80 countries in 5 continents, with 21 branches, 14 factories and over 3,700 employees around the world. Thanks to her strategic vision, Sonia Bonfiglioli has led the company into a wider international scenario, promoting investment in the development of new companies in Italy and abroad, and laying the foundations for the construction of works in India, Slovakia, Vietnam, China, the USA and Brazil. In 2008 she was appointed Managing Director and in 2010 she became Chair of the Board of Directors. In November 2018 (and 2020) she won the Italian EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This important award is given to Italian entrepreneurs who have succeeded in creating value thanks to their innovative spirit and strategic vision, thus contributing to the growth of the economy. She is also Chair or member of the board of subsidiary companies in the Bonfiglioli Group (branches and production plants in Italy and abroad), Vice-President of Confindustria Emilia, a member of the Board of Directors of IMA S.p.A., a board member of the Umbra Group and a member of the Management Committee of the Comitato Leonardo – Italian Quality Committee.