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Mario Leone

Assistant Professor, 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 retired Fortune 500 executive with lengthy experiences in a number of functional disciplines, including: IT, manufacturing, sales, business development, development, distribution and M&A. He has managed international business transformation programs globally while living both the US and Europe. Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of a digital signage company, DocVerify; a Board Member of Transient Plasma Systems, a new technology company designing innovative industrial solutions for automotive fuel efficiencies, and continues to take on international consulting work as Managing Director at the firm Apri Technology Partners.

Mario began his career with a 20-year stay at Union Carbide Corporation and its subsidiary Polimeri Europa based in Milan, Italy. He later transitioned to Dow Chemical during an acquisition process and served in a series of senior-executive business and information technology roles. He earned his transformational Chief Information Officer (CIO) status while at Corporate FIAT, based in Turin, Italy, and its industrial vehicle business unit IVECO, a leading European truck manufacturer. While Mario served as Senior Vice President and Executive Steering Committee member, the company returned to profitability and recorded increase sales in all major international business units. He later served as Senior Vice President and CIO at Federal-Mogul Corporation, a global supplier of powertrain and safety technologies serving the automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and after-market business. Mario served on the company's strategy board and led a global team of information professionals, directing information strategy, shared services and integration activities to support company operations in 35 countries as the Company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and returned to the NASDQ. His final Fortune 500 role was as Executive Vice President with Ingram Micro, the largest wholesale distributor of computer and mobile peripherals that dominates 5 continents in its marketing of traditional and new emerging cloud computing vendor solutions and services.

Mario earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology from Boston University and later an MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts. He continues his close commitment to University studies with his work as an Assistant Professor at Chapman University to MBA students in International and Business – IT Strategy studies.