Catia BastioliNOVAMONT SPA - CEO
Born in in Foligno (Italy) in 1957, Catia Bastioli graduated in Pure Chemistry at the University of Perugia and attended the school of Business Administration (“Alti Potenziali Montedison”) at the Bocconi University in Milan. Project Leader from 1984 to 1988 at the Guido Donegani Institute for the Montedison Strategic Composite Materials Project, and Project Manager for the “Biodegradable Materials from Renewable Sources” Project at the Ferruzzi Research and Technology Center, Catia Bastioli entered Novamont in 1991 as R&D Director, becoming Technical Director in 1993, and then Managing Director in 1996.
Today Catia Bastioli is Chief Executive Officer of Novamont, world leader in the development and production of bioplastics and biochemicals from renewable sources, through the integration of chemistry, environment and agriculture. Novamont is headquartered in Novara, and includes also a production plant in Terni and a biotechnology research centre in Piana di Monte Verna (Caserta).
Catia Bastioli is CEO of Matrica, a company born in 2011 from a 50%-50% joint venture between Novamont and Versalis, whose mission is the reconversion of the petrochemical site in Porto Torres (Sardinia) into an intragrated third-generation biorefinery that, starting from agricultural raw materials and vegetable scraps, will produce a range of chemical products (biochemical, biointermediates, bases for lubricants and bioadditives for rubbers) through innovative and low-impact processes.
Catia Bastioli is also CEO of Mater-Biotech, society born in 2012 with the project of reconverting the former BioItalia site in Adria (Veneto) into the first plant in the world dedicated to the industrial production of 1,4 butanediol from renewable sources, and Chairwoman of Mater-Biopolymer, company that controls the Patrica plant in Lazio, originally dedicated to the production of PET and nowadays already partially transformed for the production of polyesters from vegetable oils with Novamont proprietary technology.
Since May 2014, Catia Bastioli has also been appointed Chairwoman of Terna SpA, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe.
Catia Bastioli has been member of important working groups of the European Union, such as the Committee for “Renewable Raw Materials” of the Directorate General Industry, the “European Climate Change Program” (ECCP), and the Environment Advisory Group of the Directorate General Research. More recently she has closely followed and significantly contributed to the development of the biobased industries PPP from its outset in February 2012. Since February 2013 she is also member of the High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies of the EU. Catia Bastioli is also member of the Bioeconomy Panel of the EU Commission, a key platform which will closely assist the Commission in the implementation of the Bioeconomy Strategy in Europe.
Third‐generation integrated biorefineries – dedicated to the production of a wide range of chemical products through innovative and low‐impact processes – represent a concrete example of bioeconomy and an interesting opportunity to promote the growth and employment of local areas.