Nerio Alessandri Founder & President Technogym
Founder & President

Technogym

Nerio Alessandri

In 1983 Nerio Alessandri founded Technogym at the age of 22, and began building exercise equipment in the garage of his home.

In 1984 he designed the Isotonic Line, the very first Technogym training line for gyms and then in 1986 came Unica, the first, hi-tech design, home trainer. In 1988 he patented the CPR system, a scientific algorithm for constant pulse/heart rate training that became the hallmark of Technogym products. In 1993 at the 1st California International Conference in Rimini, Alessandri defined his Wellness concept: a lifestyle based on regular physical activity, balanced diet and a positive outlook. From this moment on Wellness became the foundation of the Technogym philosophy and the tagline “The Wellness Company” was added to the corporate logo.

In 2001 Alessandri was nominated “Cavaliere del Lavoro” (Knight of Industry) by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, which made him the youngest-ever holder of this title in Italian history. In November 2003 he was named Italian “Entrepreneur of the Year 2003” and then represented Italy at the “World Entrepreneur of the Year”. In March 2004 he was elected to the Association of Italian Industrialists (Confindustria) Board of Directors and this mandate was renewed in 2008 for the next four years. In April 2004 he received an honorary degree (Laurea Honoris Causa) from the Faculty of Motor Sciences at the University of Urbino. In 2005 he received an honorary degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bologna.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos 2009, he was among the leaders that created the Workplace Wellness Alliance. In February 2009 he was nominated Vice President of the Leonardo Committee, an association that promotes Italian quality and the image of Italy throughout the world. In 2012 together with his brother and co-founder of Technogym Pierluigi, Nerio Alessandri inaugurated in the presence of the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and former US President Bill Clinton the Technogym Village.

In 2014 he was awarded with Premio Leonardo by Italian President Sergio Mattarella. In 2016, together with his brother Pierluigi Alessandri, he chaired the Technogym listing ceremony at the Italian Stock Exchange. In 2017 he was awarded by the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach with the President’s Sport Award for his commitment in supporting the Olympic Movement. In 2019, he was part of the Italian Delegation supporting the bid for the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.

Nerio is also a speaker at Beyond Activ EMEA in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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