Mario Moretti Polegato was born in Treviso in 1952. After studying oenology, he followed in the steps of three generations by joining the family's renowned winemaking business.
In the mid 1990s, he revolutionised the shoe industry by inventing and patenting a new technology that allows the foot to breathe while wearing a rubber sole. With this invention, Mario Moretti Polegato turned Geox into an industry leader worldwide in just a few years.
Mario Moretti Polegato is Chairman of the Geox group, the leading footwear brand in Italy and a major player in the lifestyle and casual industry worldwide, with 30,000 employees and collaborators working in over 110 countries. On 1 December 2004, Geox was listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
He has been named Italian World Entrepreneur by Ernst&Young, Borsa Italiana and Il Sole 24 Ore for his strategic use of market opportunities in Italy and worldwide and his consistent ability to innovate.
He was awarded the title of "Innovator of the year" by CNBC and the Financial Times during the European Business Leaders Awards, for developing a brand that combines fashion and technology.
Mario Moretti Polegato dedicates a great deal of personal time to lecturing on intellectual property in schools and universities in Italy and abroad.
He is a lecturer in intellectual property.
He holds a degree in "Chemistry and environmental compatibility" from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
He holds a degree in "Economic Science" from the University of Florence.
He holds a degree in "Industrial Design and Product Development" from Cardenal Herrera University, Valencia.
He is Honorary Consul General for Romania in North-East Italy.
He is a member of the General Council of Confindustria, the italalian confederation of industralists
He is a member of the jury of the “European Inventor Award”, organised by the European Patent Office.
He is founder and CEO of the charitable organisation “Il Ponte del Sorriso”, an Italian association which helps underage Romanian orphans.