Top management biographies
Gian Maria Gros-Pietro (Torino, 1942).
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo since April 2016 after having been Chairman of the Management Board of the Bank from May 2013. He is currently the (non-executive and independent) Chairman of ASTM and the Senior Deputy Chairman of the Italian Banking Association (the ABI) where he is also serves as a member of the Executive Committee. 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 an Independent Director of Fiat (2005-2014), where he was also Chairman of the Audit Committee, Chairman of Atlantia (2002–2010), Chairman of ENI (1999-2002) and of IRI (1997-1999), Senior Advisor for Italy for Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking (2005-2009), and a member of the European Advisory Board of Rothschild & Cie Banque (2002-2005). At Luiss University, where he currently sits on the Board of Directors, he served as Head of the Department of Economics and Business from 2004 to 2011. Previously, he was a Full Professor of Business Economics, first at the University of Turin and then at Luiss University. 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 field of economics.
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 in 1987, where he held the position of Manager in charge of the Corporate Finance and Primary Markets 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. In 1996, he took on the role of 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 became Head of the Value Creation Governance Area and then, in 2008, Chief Financial Officer and, in 2012, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer. 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 held the positions of 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 and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. Since November 2014, he has been a member of the Bocconi University Board. In 2017, Carlo Messina was awarded the “Cavaliere del Lavoro” knighthood for his services to industry by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella.
Davide Alfonsi (Torino, 1963).
Chief Risk Officer from 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 1988 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. Since February 2013 he has been the Chairman of AIFIRM (Italian Association of Financial Industries Risk Managers).
Paola Angeletti (Jesi, 1964).
Head of the International Subsidiary Banks Division since 1 January 2019.
She graduated ‘cum laude’ in Economics at the Bocconi University in 1989. Before graduation, she spent a semester at the New York University and then began her working experience in the credit department of the Italian branch of a US commercial bank. After graduation, she worked in advisory and corporate finance in a consultancy firm and then in a UK investment bank. In 1994, she joined the Group as a Senior Investment Manager for the Merchant Banking Department of Mediocredito Lombardo and then within the Private Equity Department of IntesaBci. In 2002, she was appointed Head of Corporate Development in the Shareholdings Department of Banca Intesa.
From 2007 to 2014, within the General Secretariat of the Intesa Sanpaolo Supervisory Board, she was Head of the Unit with planning and technical support functions to the Board and its Committees (Strategy Committee, Remuneration Committee, Financial Statements Committee, Related Party Transactions Committee, Control Committee, Supervisory Body ex D.Lgs. 231/01).
In 2015, she became Head of the M&A Department of Intesa Sanpaolo and, in this role, she completed a number of extraordinary transactions, disposals and acquisitions relating to banks, financial and operating companies in Italy and abroad. In 2018, she broadened her responsibility as Head of the Shareholdings Department.
Over the years, she has been a Board Director of a number of companies of the Group engaged in leasing, consumer finance and banking.
Stefano Barrese (Roma, 1970).
Stefano Barrese has been in charge of the Banca dei Territori Division (domestic commercial banking) since 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 Banca Intesa 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 and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center.
Piero Boccassino (Torino, 1964).
Chief Compliance Officer since 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.
Tommaso Corcos (Roma, 1962).
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Eurizon Capital SGR since January 2014.
He holds a degree in Business Administration from Rome's Università La Sapienza, as well as a Master in Financial Advisory, and participated in the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP). He began his career in 1987 in BNL's foreign shareholding office. Between 1990 and 2001, he held several positions with Intesa Asset Management SGR/Nextra Investment Management SGR as Market Manager, rising to Head of Investment Management for the bond, equity and currency sectors. In September 2002, he joined Fideuram as Chief Executive Officer of Fideuram Investimenti SGR S.p.A. – formerly Fideuram Capital. From 2006 to 2013, he was Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Fideuram Asset Management Ireland and Vice President of Fideuram Gestions, and was a member of the Board of Interfund Sicav and Eurizon Alternative Investments SGR S.p.A.. Since January 2014, he has been Chairman of Eurizon Capital S.A. and Epsilon SGR.
Stefano Del Punta (Roma, 1960).
Chief Financial Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo, appointed to the post in May 2013.
He graduated in Economics at the University of Rome. In 1988, he joined the Finance and Investment Division of IMI S.p.A.. In 1992, he was transferred to IMI Securities Ltd in London and, at the end of the same year, he became General Manager of IMI-CPR in Paris. In 1994, Stefano Del Punta was appointed head of Risk Control and Planning at IMI Bank Luxembourg. In 1995, he became Managing Director of Mabon Securities (IMI Group) in New York. In 1997, he was appointed General Manager of Turis A.G. (IMI Group) and, in April 1998, he returned to the IMI headquarters in Rome as head of the International Loans Department. After the merger with Sanpaolo Bank, he was appointed head of the International Corporate and Structured Finance Division. After a short period at Banco di Napoli as head of Planning & Control, in April 2002 Stefano Del Punta became head of Group Finance of Sanpaolo IMI. In 2007, after the merger with Banca Intesa, he became Treasurer of Intesa Sanpaolo. He was a member of the Management Board of Intesa Sanpaolo from May 2014 to April 2016. He is a member of the Board of Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi.
Nicola Maria Fioravanti (Roma, 1962).
"Magna cum laude" degree in Economics and Business from La Sapienza University in Rome. He was responsible for Budget, Planning and Control at Telecom Italia from 1988 to 1992, and for Strategic Planning at Bonifiche Siele from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, he entered the banking sector and, over time, held positions at Banco Ambrosiano Veneto and Banca Intesa in the area of Planning, Research and Management Control. From 2006, he held various positions in the Chief Financial Officer Area, Strategic Planning of Intesa Sanpaolo, the most recent of these being head of the Planning, Strategic ALM and Capital Management Head Office Department from 2013 to 2014. Since 30 October 2014, he has been Managing Director of Intesa Sanpaolo Vita and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Intesa Sanpaolo Assicura. He has been head of Intesa Sanpaolo’s Insurance Division since 1 July 2015.
Paolo Maria Vittorio Grandi (Milano, 1954).
He graduated 'cum laude' in Political Science at Cattolica University of Milan and completed specialisation studies at the International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies in Geneva.
Appointed Chief Governance Officer at Intesa Sanpaolo in May 2013. He is in charge - inter alia - of the Corporate Bodies Secretariats, the Legal Affairs - Group General Counsel Department, the Corporate Affairs and Advisory Department, the Shareholdings Department, the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and the Art, Culture and Historical Heritage Department. From 1979 to 1982, he worked at the Headquarters of Credito Italiano. In 1982, he joined Mediocredito Lombardo where, from 1990, as head of private equity, acquisition finance and corporate finance activities, he organized and developed the activities of its parent company Cariplo in the merchant banking business. In December 2000, he moved to Banca Intesa as co-head of the Private Equity Department. In June 2002, he became responsible for the Shareholdings Department of Banca Intesa, reporting directly to the CEO of Banca Intesa, a position that included - inter alia - the responsibility for the Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions. In that period Mr. Grandi was also a board director of Telecom, SIA S.p.A., Eurizon Capital, Agos S.p.A. and of some Companies within Intesa Sanpaolo Group. He is currently a board director of the following companies: Fideuram - ISP Private Banking (Chairman, since 20.4.2018), Banca IMI (since 23.04.2013), Banca Prossima (Chairman, since 16.10.2007), Intesa Sanpaolo Holding International SA Lussemburgo (Chairman, since 22.03.2004), ABI - the Italian Banking Association (since 10.07.2014), PFH Palladio Holding S.p.A. - previously Palladio Finanziaria S.p.A. (since 07.05.2014), Istituto Europeo di Oncologia (since 20.04.2006), Fondazione Cerba (since 27.06.2016), Consorzio PAN (Chairman, since 15.03.2004).
Alfonso Guido (Cosenza, 1966).
Chief Cost Management Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo 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 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 Chairman 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 Chairman of Banca IMI Securities Corporation 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 he is a member of the Board of Evaluation of the Università Cattolica, where he also teaches as a Guest Lecturer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, 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 Chairman 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 Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Intesa Sanpaolo and Chief Executive Officer of Banca IMI.
A graduate of Business and Administration in 1994 at the Statale University in Brescia, Italy, Mr Micillo subsequently specialized in “Currency Management and International Finance” and started his career first with Fin-eco Sim before moving to IMI Fideuram Asset Management. Later, he moved to Fin-eco Investimenti SGR as Fixed Income Director. In 2000 he was appointed CIO (Chief Investment Officer) of Banca Esperia and a member of the Board of Directors of Duemme Hedge SGR. In 2002, he joined the Capitalia Group as Holding Director (in charge of Group Finance) and in 2005, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s asset management companies. At the end of 2007, he became Deputy General Manager and CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza Group. He joined the Intesa Sanpaolo Group in October 2009 as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Eurizon Capital SGR, Chairman of Eurizon Capital S.A. and of Epsilon SGR. In January 2014,he was appointed General Manager of Banca IMI, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s investment bank, where he became Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. He was formerly a Member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Market Efficiency and also served as Vice Chairman of Assogestioni (from 2009 to 2013) and Chairman of Allfunds Bank (from 2009 to 2014). Moreover, he was a member of the Board of Directors of MTS from 2014 to 2015. Alongside his professional activity, he has also developed the academic one, firstly as Lecturer at the SDA Bocconi (1996-2002), then as Adjunct Professor at the University of Brescia (2004-2005). Since 2006, he has also held the position of Adjunct Professor of the “Asset Management” course at the LUISS Guido Carli in Rome.
Paolo Molesini (Feltre, 1957).
Managing Director and General Manager of Fideuram - Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking S.p.A. since 1 July 2015.
From September 2004 to June 2015 Paolo Molesini was Managing Director and General Manager of Banca Intesa Private Banking S.p.A., the private bank of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group formally named, since June 2007, Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking S.p.A.. After receiving a degree in Business Economics from the “Ca’ Foscari” University in Venice and completing a master’s degree in Business Administration at INSEAD Graduate Business School (Fontainebleau, France), Paolo Molesini joined the Henkel Group as Export Manager. He became Manager of the Financial Services Area of The Mac Group in London in 1986, while, in 1991, he was hired by the Fondiaria Group to set up the Strategic Marketing Division. He joined Sanpaolo Vita as Sales Director in 1993, subsequently becoming General Manager and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, he was head of the Retail Business Area at Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. He joined Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. in July 2003 as head of the Private Banking Division. He has served as a director in Société Européenne de Banque, Banco di Napoli and Eurizon A.I..
Massimo Proverbio (Krugesdorp - South Africa, 1958).
Intesa Sanpaolo Chief IT, Digital and Innovation Officer since 1 January 2018.
After earning his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Politecnico di Milano University in 1985, he joined IBM as a system engineer. In 1988, he entered Accenture Italia as project manager within the banking sector, focusing on the branche network. From 1991 to 1994 he worked for Accenture in Belgium, Hungary and South Africa managing IT systems architecture, IT transformation and merger planning projects. In 1994, he returned to Accenture Italia and till 1999 he managed planning and integration projects regarding the main Italian banking groups, in addition to cost reduction and multi-channel solutions and core banking systems set-up projects. In 1999, he was appointed as an Accenture Partner. Since that year he became responsiblefor various Accenture clients and led different Accenture offer areas development, like Merger and Acquisition, Digital transformation and CRM and Cost restructuring. Starting from 2003 he also took on the Italian Banking industry responsibility (offer, service quality, customer satisfaction). In 2007, he was appointed Accenture Financial Services (Banks and Insurance) Lead for Italy, Central Europe, Russia, Greece, Turkey and Middle East and entered the Accenture Italia and Accenture Financial Services Europe and Latin America Executive Committees. In 2012, he was nominated Accenture Senior Managing Director and also became Accenture Payment Services Global Lead; then, in 2015, he was appointed as Europe and Latin America Banking Industry and Practice Lead. In December 2017, he left Accenture to join Intesa Sanpaolo.
Marco Elio Rottigni (Milano, 1961).
Chief Lending Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo since January 2018.
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. 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.
Rosario Giacomo Strano (Sannicandro di Bari, 1963).
Chief Operating Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo since 1 January 2018.
Graduated cum laude in Law at the University of Bari, he started his professional career in 1989 in Banco di Roma from where he moved after a short period of time to join Alitalia where he remained for more than 8 years as Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations at first in the Technical Division and afterwards in the Customer Service Division. In 1997 he left Alitalia to join the luxury hotel chain “Baglioni Hotels” where he was appointed as Human Resources Director. From 1998 to 2000 he took over the position of Head of Human Resources and Industrial Relations in ANSA, the Italian National Press Agency. In May 2000 he joined Poste Italiane S.p.A. as Head of Industrial Relations of Central & Southern Italy until October 2002. He joined the Group in October 2002 (formerly Banca Intesa) where, until December 2006, he was appointed as Head of Human Resources and Organization of the Italian and International Subsidiary Banks Divisions. From January 2007 to August 2009, within the International Subsidiary Banks Division of Intesa Sanpaolo, he was the Head of Human Resources and Organization and then, from September 2009 to July 2015, he became the Head of Resources & Governance Department in charge of Human Resources, Governance Systems and, until October 2013, also IT and Legal. He was appointed as the Intesa Sanpaolo Group Human Resources Director in August 2015. In January 2018 he took on the responsibility of the Chief Operating Officer Area. Furthermore he is Member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Qingdao and of Intesa Sanpaolo Group Services and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Banca Intesa Russia, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania and Privredna Banka Zagreb as well.
Claudio Testa (Novara, 1963).
Chief Audit Officer of Intesa Sanpaolo since 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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