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Mario Leone

Assistant Professor, Director, Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Clinical Faculty
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Expertise: Business Strategy; Information Technology; Information Systems; Business Process
Office Location: Beckman Hall 307B
Boston University, Bachelor of Arts
Babson College, Master of Business Admin.


Mario Leone is a past Fortune 200 global executive with more than three decades of leadership roles in IT, manufacturing, business development, technology licensing, supply chain and M&A. He has managed international business and development transformation programs in many industries while living both in the US and abroad.
His career began with a twenty year stay at Union Carbide – Dow Chemical Corporation in operating and senior management positions including the partnership through a Joint Venture with ENI, to form Polimeri Europa based in Milan, Italy to manufacture and market polyethylene.
Over the next 15 years, he followed with Executive and Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles at automotive giant FIAT, based in Turin, Italy, including concurrently the industrial vehicle business unit IVECO, auto aftermarket leader Federal Mogul based in Southfield, Michigan and at California based Ingram Micro, the largest wholesale distributor of computing and mobility products in the world. He is well known as a catalyst for business transformation and focus on company profitability.
In his present teaching role at Chapman University, he has taught more than 1,500 students over the past 5 years both in the US and Europe while continuing private equity and board work at Transient Plasma Systems and InterVision Systems. He recently assumed the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies role and oversight for the Innovation labs at the University.
Mario earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Boston University and later an MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts.