It’s not everyday that you’re made Grand Officer in the Order of Merit of The Italian Republic. But as of November 29, Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, can add that prestigious title to his resume.
Conferred this past Monday during a ceremony at Palazzo Chigi, the event was presided over by Gianni Letta, the Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. Along with the award, Winkelmann also received the following statement signed by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of Italy, and countersigned by Silvio Berlusconi, the President of the Council of Ministers: “The President of the Republic – the Chief of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic – in consideration of special merits, upon proposal of the President of the Council of Ministers, and upon deliberation by the Council of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, with a decree dated 27 December 2009 has conferred the decoration of Grand Officer on Stephan Winkelmann, with the right to wear the relative insignia.”
The award follows Winkelmann’s efforts of relaunching the Italian luxury brand since he became the CEO in 2005. In his time as CEO, the growth of the company has been distinguished by one of the most highly esteemed turn-around programs in the automotive and luxury sectors.
On receiving the award, Winkelmann said, “It is with great satisfaction that I receive this prestigious decoration, which I would like to share with everyone at Lamborghini, whose devotion and hard work have helped turn this company into a model of Italian and international excellence in the super sports car sector.”