Life after Ferrari: Luca di Montezemolo could become head of Rome’s 2024 Olympic bid


Luca di Montezemolo may no longer be in charge of Ferrari, but he’s certainly kept busy. In November, he became chairman of Italy’s national airline, Alitalia, and in December, he joined the board of directors for CVC, Formula One’s controlling shareholder.

Now the 67-year-old may also be in line for another big job.

The Associated Press reported late this week that Montezemolo has gained major support to become the head of Rome’s 2024 Summer Olympic Games bid.

In fact, the AP says multiple Italian publications are already reporting that the president of the Italian Olympic Committee is expected to install Montezemolo to the post within two weeks.

Mario Pescante, a longtime International Olympic Committee member, is one of Montezemolo’s supporters.

“It’s not my job to [choose] but I have to say he’s perfect, because of his experience in international sports and business,” Pescante told the AP.

He added that Montezemolo “has connections all over the place and he’s very efficient…He’s the right choice. He possesses most of the characteristics needed for the job.”

So far, Rome and Boston, Massachusetts are the only two cities that have confirmed a 2024 Olympic bid. The International Olympic Committee will announce the host city in 2017.

Last October, Montezemolo resigned as head of Ferrari following a 23-year tenure – one of multiple changes within the Ferrari structure over the last year. He has been since replaced in that role by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.