Ernesto Gismondi is the founder, President of Artemide Group. He was born in Sanremo (IM) on 25 December 1931. In 1957 he obtained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic and in 1959 he received a degree in Missile Engineering from the Higher School of Engineering in Rome. From the early 1960s he dedicated himself to the design and production of Lighting Fixtures, founding Studio Artemide Sas with the designer Sergio Mazza, from which the Artemide Group will develop. Under his leadership, the Artemide Group has seen its market share grow over the years and increase its international presence, becoming one of the main operators in the design lighting sector, a role that has earned it important awards such as the Compasso d ' Gold for Lifetime Achievement (1994) and the European Design Prize (1997). From 1964 to 1984 he was associate professor of Missile Engines at the Milan Polytechnic. In 2008 he received the Ernst & Young Award"The Entrepreneur of the Year 2008"For the Innovation category, in addition to the prestigious appointment as Cavaliere del Lavoro conferred by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In 2009 he received the Ernst & Young Award"Entrepreneur of the Year 2009"in the Comunication category.