It is with great sadness that the Mapei Group announces the passing of its President, Giorgio Squinzi, who died in Milan on the evening of 2nd October. Born in 1943, with a degree in industrial chemistry, Giorgio Squinzi (a secondgeneration businessman) became the Sole Administrator of Mapei in 1984 after the death of his father, Rodolfo, who founded the company in 1937. Under his leadership, the company grew over the years to become one of the world’s leading players in chemical products for the building industry and currently operates in 56 countries through 89 subsidiaries. The Mapei Group, which employs over 10,500 staff, manufactures across five continents through 83 factories in 36 countries. This internationalisation process began long ago; the Group’s first foreign offices opened in Canada back in 1978.