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Top management biographies

Gian Maria Gros-Pietro (Torino, 1942).

Chair of the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo since April 2016, after being Chair of the Management Board of the Bank from May 2013.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Luiss - Università Guido Carli and a member of the Committee of the Italian Banking Association (ABI) and of AbiServizi. He chairs the Committee of Market Operators and Investors at Consob and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of Borsa Italiana. He was the (non-executive and independent) Chair of ASTM (2012-2020), Lead Independent Director of Edison (2005-2019), an Independent Director of Fiat (2005-2014), an independent Director of Caltagirone (2010-2014), Chair of Atlantia (2003–2010), Chair of ENI (1999-2002) and of IRI (1997-1999). From 1994 to 1997, he was a member of the Advisory and Guarantee Committee for Privatisations, established at the Ministry of Treasury.
He was Full Professor of Business Economics at the University of Turin (1980-2004) and at Luiss University of Rome (2004-2012), where he founded and directed the Department of Economic and Business Science (2004-2011). From 1974 to 1995, he was the Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth, the main body of the CNR (the Italian National Research Council) in the economic field.

Carlo Messina (Roma, 1962).

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo since 29 September 2013.
A graduate of Economics and Business from Luiss University of Rome, he began his career at Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, where he held the position of Manager in charge of the Corporate Finance - Primary Markets and Corporate Finance Department. While developing his professional career, he carried out intense academic activities as Professor of Economics of Financial Intermediaries at the Business Administration Master of the Luiss School of Management and as Professor of Corporate Finance at the Department of Economics and Business of the University of Ancona. In 1992, he joined Bonifiche Siele Finanziaria (Parent Company of the Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura banking group), where he held the position of Manager in charge of the Planning and Strategic Control Department. From 1996, he was Manager in charge of Planning at Banco Ambrosiano Veneto and, in 2002, he became the Head of the Planning and Control Head Office Department at Banca Intesa. At Intesa Sanpaolo, in 2007, he was Head of the Value Creation Governance Area, became Chief Financial Officer in 2008, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. In 2013, he took on the role of General Manager of the Bank, Head of the Chief Financial Officer Governance Area and Head of the Banca dei Territori Division. In September of the same year, he became Managing Director and CEO, while maintaining the position of General Manager. Since April 2016, within the one-tier corporate governance system, he has been Managing Director and CEO, General Manager and sole executive Board Director.
He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Banking Association (the ABI), a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association of New York, a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University and a member of the Bocconi University Board.
In 2017, he was awarded the “Cavaliere del Lavoro” knighthood by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
In October 2022, Politecnico di Bari awarded him the Honorary Master's Degree in Management Engineering.

Davide Alfonsi (Torino, 1963).

Chief Risk Officer since 1 May 2016.
He graduated in Economics at the University of Turin in 1988 and is enrolled in the Register of Chartered Accountants and in the Register of Statutory Auditors.  He started his career with Arthur Andersen, where he built up significant experience in auditing and consulting during his 10 years, working principally in the Financial Sector.  He joined Sanpaolo in 1998 and in the same year he was appointed Head of Risk Control of Sanpaolo IMI. In 2004 he became Head of the Group Risk Management function. In January 2007, after the merger between Intesa and Sanpaolo, he was appointed head of the Group Risk Management Department and in June 2015 he became Group Risk Manager, deputy to the Chief Risk Officer. Among other relevant experiences, he was a member of the CEBS’ Consultative Panel (now EBA) from 2006 to 2010 and was a member of GEBI (Group of Experts in Banking Issues) for the European Commission from May 2010 to October 2011. From February 2013 to December 2018 he was the Chair of AIFIRM (Italian Association of Financial Industries Risk Managers).

 

Stefano Barrese (Roma, 1970).

Head of the Banca dei Territori Division (domestic commercial banking) since 15 January 2016.
After receiving a degree in Economics and Business from the LUISS University of Rome in 1993, he was enrolled in the Register of Chartered Accountants and the Register of Official Auditors in Rome.
He started his career in 1995 with Arthur Andersen before moving on to Erg Petroli. He joined the Planning Department of Banco Ambrosiano Veneto in 1998. After the merger between Banca Intesa and Sanpaolo IMI, he held several positions, including Head of Capital Management in the Planning, Capital Management and Synergy Control Department and Head of Planning in the Planning and Control head office Department. Mr Barrese has been with the Banca dei Territori Division since 2013. He was head of the Planning and Control Department, the Marketing Department and, subsequently, the Sales and Marketing Area.
He currently sits on the boards of ABI (Italian Banking Association), Bancomat, SSD LUISS, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and Centai Institute S.p.A..

Piero Boccassino (Torino, 1964).

Chief Compliance Officer since 1 July 2015.
Graduated in Economics from Turin University in 1988, with a participation in an advanced banking course at INSEAD in 1996, he is a Chartered Accountant and a Statutory Auditor. After a working experience in a professional firm, in 1990 Mr Boccassino joined the Studies and Research Department of Istituto Bancario San Paolo and in 1991 became a member of the General Manager’s staff. From the following year until 2001, he worked in the areas of financial statements, planning and control. In 1999, he became a senior manager at Sanpaolo IMI, first as head of planning and control for the branch network, then as CFO of Eurizon Vita and, finally, as head of the Group’s cost management. In 2007, following the creation of Intesa Sanpaolo, he was appointed head of administrative and financial governance and, in 2008, head of the newly formed compliance function. From 2011 to June 2013, he was in charge of the Valle d’Aosta and North-East Piedmont branch network area. In July 2013, he took on the responsibility for the compliance function once more, and, in July 2015, he became the Group’s Chief Compliance Officer. Mr Boccassino is a board member of the Italian Banking Association (ABI) and Chair of the Anti-Financial Crime Digital Hub Scarl.

Alfonso Guido (Cosenza, 1966).

Chief Cost Management Officer since 1 January 2018.
A graduate in Banking, Financial and Insurance Economics from the University of Messina, Mr. Guido began his career at Cassa di Risparmio of Calabria and Lucania (Cariplo Group) in 1991 (securing a position reserved for accounting graduates who achieved full marks in the regions of Calabria and Basilicata), performing the roles of banking counter operator, secretary officer and treasury officer. Following this experience in the network, in 1994 he took on a role as mortgages specialist in the MLT Loans Department. In the second half of the same year, he became a sales network trainer and the sales manager in the North Area of Cosenza at Cassa di Risparmio di Calabria e di Lucania (which became Banca Carime) for insurance products of Carivita (insurance company of the Cariplo Group). In 1998, he became senior officer in the Planning and Studies Department of Banca Intesa, focusing in particular on strategic simulations and monitoring of individual regulatory capital ratios of all Group banks. In 2001, he was appointed Head of the Service Company Office of the Management Control Department of Banca Intesa to oversee the activities of management and planning control of Intesa Sistemi e Servizi (ISS) and Intesa Gestione Crediti (IGC). In 2007, he became Head of the Budget Operating Costs Office of the Capital Budget and Cost Control Department of Intesa Sanpaolo, within the staff serving the Chief Financial Officer. In October 2014, he became Head of the Coordination Unit of Project Initiatives, reporting directly to the Managing Director and CEO, with the task of overseeing and monitoring strategic projects, carrying out, on behalf of the Managing Director and CEO, relationships with the Business Units and the Head Office Departments. In August 2016, he was appointed Chief of the CEO project office. From January 2018 to January 2019 he was Managing Director of Intesa Sanpaolo Group Services.

Stefano Lucchini (Roma, 1962).

Chief Institutional Affairs and External Communication Officer since 1 January 2018.
After graduating in Economics and Business Administration from the Luiss University of Rome, in 1987 he joined the studies' department at Montedison, where he eventually became Manager for Corporate Communication and Investor Relations at Montedison USA. In 1997, he joined Enel and was appointed Director of External Relations of the group.  He also served as Director of External Relations in Confindustria. In 2002, he joined the Banca Intesa group as Director of External Relations. In 2005, he served as Senior Executive Vice President for International Public Affairs and Communication of the Eni group and as Chair of Eni USA. From September 2014 to December 2017, he served as Head of International and Regulatory Affairs of the Intesa Sanpaolo group. Within the Intesa Sanpaolo group, he serves as Chair of Intesa Sanpaolo IMI Securities Corp., as Vice President of the Advisory Board IMPACT and as a board member of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and Intesa Sanpaolo Highline.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Luiss University and is Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Fondazione Osservatorio sulla Criminalità nell’Agricoltura e sul Sistema Agroalimentare” (Association against organized crime in Farming and in Food Farming) and a member of the International Advisory Council and the Foreign Policy Leadership Council of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.. He also serves as Chair of the Jury Panel of the Marisa Bellisario Award. He is a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation within the “Italy-Israel Foundation for Culture and the Arts”, a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University (Green Templeton College) and is a board member of ABI (Italian Banking Association) and a member of its Executive Committee. He was knighted “Cavaliere di Gran Croce” for Services to the Italian Republic.

Mauro Micillo (Desenzano, 1970).

Head of the IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division since 27 April 2016.
M. Micillo graduated with first class honors in Business and Administration in 1994 at the Statale University of Brescia.
Thanks to a fellowship, he subsequently specialised in “Currency Management and International Finance”. After holding various positions in FINECO and IMI-FIDEURAM Group, in 2000 he joined Banca Esperia (Mediobanca, Mediolanum & Partners) as Chief Investment Officer.
In 2002, he joined the Capitalia Group as Executive Director, in charge of the Group Finance (Treasury, Trading, Product Structuring and ALM). In 2005, he was appointed CEO of the Group’s asset management company.
In October 2007, following the merger of the company into the UniCredit Group, he left the Capitalia Group and became Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza Group.
In October 2009, he was appointed CEO of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group asset management company (Eurizon Capital), directly reporting to the then Group CEO.
In January 2014, he was appointed General Manager of Banca IMI, of which he became CEO in March 2015, retaining the position until the bank was merged into the Parent Company in June 2020.
In April 2016, he became Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Intesa Sanpaolo (currently IMI Corporate & Investment Banking Division).
As far as international roles are concerned, he was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Market Efficiency. He was also Chair of Allfunds Bank, a Spanish bank later listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is currently a Member of the Supervisory Board (Net Zero Carbon Cities) of the World Economic Forum.
Alongside his professional activity, he also passionately developed the academic one. Firstly, as Lecturer at the SDA Bocconi, then as Adjunct Professor at the University of Brescia and since 2006 as Adjunct Professor of the “Asset Management” University chair at the LUISS Guido Carli in Rome.

Marco Elio Rottigni (Milano, 1961).

Head of the International Subsidiary Banks Division since 1 January 2020.
Marco Elio Rottigni began his professional career in 1982 at Banca Commerciale Italiana as a financial analyst, following a path that brought him to hold various positions in the commercial and credit field. In 1998,  he was appointed Manager  of main branch (serving corporate, private banking and retail segments)  and of two subsidiary branches. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Large Corporate Global Relationship Manager at Banca Intesa, in the sectors of Buildings & Constructions and Telecom & Media. In 2005, he became Head of the North East Area of the Mid Corporate Department within the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Intesa Sanpaolo; four years later, in April 2009, he was appointed Head of the Italian Mid Corporate Department. In 2013, he also became responsible for the Public Finance segment (formerly BIIS), in the Corporate and Public Finance Department, supporting companies during the years of major changes linked to economic trends and the internationalisation processes of Italian industry. In the summer of 2016, he was appointed Head of the Global Corporate Department, which manages relationships with about 2,000 Italian and foreign groups with turnover of over €350 million, as well as those with all Public Administrations. In January 2018, he was appointed Chief Lending Officer.
He served as a board director and a member of the Executive Committee of Mediofactoring S.p.A. (2010 - 2011), as a board director and a member of the Executive Committee of Leasint S.p.A. (2010 - 2013), as a board director and a member of the Executive Committee of Société Européenne de Banque SA (2011 - 2014). He has been a member of the Credit Committee of Mediocredito Italiano since 2014 and, since April 2016, he has been a board director of Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking.

Raffaello Ruggieri (San Severo, 1970).

Chief Lending Officer since 1 January 2020.
He started his professional career at IBM Italia, with the Quality and Re-engineering Department, before completing his Master’s degree in Business Administration, graduating summa cum laude. At IBM Italia he was involved in process innovation, in financings supporting technology innovation and in the introduction of ERP information systems. In 2003, he completed the Corporate Coaching Program with Coach U Italia, performing team building and executive coaching activities.
He joined the Group in 1999. While covering different roles and responsibilities, including Corporate Turnaround, Project & Industry Specialised Lending, Structured Finance, Investment Banking and Coverage of the main domestic and international clients, he was also in charge of several projects aiming at the strengthening of the capital structure of major clients, through Equity issues.
From 1999 to 2002, he was part of the Banca Commerciale Italiana’s HR and Organisation team and was involved in several organisational projects, jointly with business teams, dealing also with the Comit-Intesa amalgamation. From 2002 to 2005, he was involved in the most critical corporate turnarounds and in the international network reorganisation, supporting directly the Head of the Investment Banking Division. From 2005 to 2009, he was part of the Financial Restructuring team within Intesa Sanpaolo, starting up the M&A activities and being involved in the most important Investment Banking and Structured Finance deals. From 2009 and 2011, he took care of the most important Corporate Restructuring projects within Banca IMI’s Structure Finance Unit. In 2015, he was given the responsibility for the International Structure Finance business of the Group after having been responsible for the Project & Industry Specialised Lending Italia team, from 2011, and for the international Project Finance business (London, New York and Hong Kong), from 2013.
In January 2018, he became responsible for the Global Corporate Department within the Corporate & Investment Banking Division, managing approximately 14,000 clients, both domestic and international, after having been in charge of the Corporate & Strategic Finance Business Unit within Banca IMI from 2016, with responsibility over the Investment Banking (Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, M&A) as well as the Structured Finance for Intesa Sanpaolo Group.
From December 2015 to May 2017, he was a director of the Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A. (Italo - NTV) Board.

Claudio Testa (Novara, 1963).

Chief Audit Officer since 1 January 2018.
A graduate of Economics and Business from the University of Turin, he began his career at Nuovo Banco Ambrosiano in 1987 as Internal Auditor with growing responsibilities in different areas until 1996 when he took on the role of Manager in charge of Audit and Administration Services of Banco Ambrosiano Veneto. In 1999, he held the position of Manager in charge of the Audit activities concerning the project for the merger between Banca Intesa and Banca Commerciale Italiana. In 2003, at Banca Intesa, he became Head of Audit Planning and Control. In 2007, at Intesa Sanpaolo, he took on the role of Head of Audit Coordination and Development and, in July 2015, he became the Group’s Head of Internal Auditing. In January 2018, the function evolved into Chief Audit Officer. Mr. Testa is currently a member of the Board of AIIA (Italian Internal Auditors Association).

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