Renato Ruggiero was born in Naples in 1930. After graduating with a law degree from the University of Naples in 1953, he entered the Italian diplomatic service.
From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Ruggiero was Italy's Minister for Foreign Trade. After his service in government, he joined the board of directors of FIAT and other Italian, European and American companies.
In 1995, Ambassador Ruggiero was elected Director General of the World Trade Organization, where he served until 1999.
Mr. Ruggiero also served as Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs in the second government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from 2001 to 2002.
Since February 2003, Ambassador Ruggiero has been Chairman of Citigroup in Switzerland.