Non-Executive Chairman of Ceramic Industries
Net Worth – R2.9 Billion
Giovanni Alberto Mario Ravazzotti is a Non-Executive Chairman of Ceramic Industries Limited. Ravazzotti also founded Italtile, a company importing and retailing ceramic tiles, in 1969. His leadership and experience assisted Ceramic Industries Limited in becoming the market leader in South Africa in the manufacture of ceramic tiles and vitreous china sanitaryware. He served as chairman of the Italian SA Chamber of Trade and Industries. In 2009, he received the decoration of “Cavaliere” in the Order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”.
At a Glance
Born: Age 69
Source of Wealth: Manufacturing Ceramics, Tiles
Country of Citizenship: Italy and South Africa
Marital Status: N\A
Giovanni Ravazzotti, an immigrant to Johannesburg from Italy, saw the need back in 1969 for affordable tiles and ceramic products in an increasingly urban South Africa. He began importing and retailing them through a company he founded, Italtile. Ten years later, with the first hints that there would be trade sanctions against South Africa in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising, he began manufacturing ceramic tiles domestically. In 1992, his retail company Italtile and manufacturer Ceramic Industries were listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Ravazzotti keeps a very low profile, especially since his son and heir Gian-Paolo Ravazzotti died in a plane crash in February 2011. He has maintained dual South African and Italian citizenship. He has been chairman of the Italian South African Chamber of Trade and Industries and in 2009 was decorated Cavaliere in the Order Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
Awards and Recognition
“Cavaliere” in the Order “Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in the year 2009.
Founder – ITALTILE LIMITED
1969 – present
Group Executive Chairman – ITALTILE LIMITED
July 2006 – present
Non-Executive Chairman – Ceramic Industries Limited
February 1992 – present
Chairman – Italian SA Chamber of Trade and Industries
Chief Executive Officer – ITALTILE LIMITED
June 2001 – July 2006
Chairman – ITALTILE LIMITED
June 2001 – December 2004