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Executive Committee


Elio Catania


Elio Catania, graduated in Electrotechnical Engineering from ‘La Sapienza’ University in Rome, then earned his Master’s Degree of Management Science at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
He has spent most of his management career at IBM where he reached Top Management positions as President of IBM Latin America, South Europe and Italy and Member of the Worldwide Management Council.
He has been Chairman and CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato SpA, Chairman and Managing Director of the ATM Group Milan Transport Company SpA and Deputy Chairman of Alitalia C.A.I. SpA. He served as Board Member of BNL, of Telecom Italia, and Intesa Sanpaolo.
Since April 1 2014, he is Chairman of Confindustria Digitale, and a board member in public companies.
He is Member of the board of Confindustria, of Assonime, Member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the United States and Italy, and a Member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Asphi Onlus.
He is Cavaliere del Lavoro.


Paolo Clerici


Paolo Clerici, after studying in Italy and Switzerland, joined the Coeclerici Group in 1967, starting with oil products trading and working up to an executive position in 1972 with his appointment as CEO and Managing Director of some minor Group companies.
He left Coeclerici in 1976 and set up his own companies. He went back to the Group in 1983 as CEO of SIRCO Trading S.p.A. (joint venture between Sears World Trade Inc., IRI and Coe & Clerici) and member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Coe & Clerici SpA.
In 1986 he was appointed Managing Director and one year later Deputy Chairman of the holding company, Coeclerici SpA. Paolo Clerici is the prime mover behind the international expansion of the Group, of which he has become Chairman in 1992.
Since 2001, after the conclusion of his second mandate (1997 – 2001) as President of the Italian Ship-owners Association (Confitarma) and Vice President of European Shipping Association, Paolo Clerici has decided to concentrate full time on the Coeclerici Group.
He is Cavaliere del Lavoro, Member of the Executive Committee of The Council for the United States and Italy and also member of the Board of Directors of Standard Bermuda P&I Club. 


Enrico Cucchiani


Enrico Cucchiani is a Founding Partner and CEO of TGI-Think Global Investments. Currently Non-Executive Director of RSA Insurance Group, London and of Piraeus Bank, Athens. Enrico Cucchiani is also: Director and Member of the Executive Committee of Bocconi University; Vice Chairman of the Bocconi Foundation; Vice Chairman of Amici della Normale di Pisa; Member of the International Executive Committee of The Trilateral Commission; Director of ISPI-Institute for International Political Studies
Previously, Cucchiani was Group CEO of Intesa Sanpaolo and, prior to that, Member of the Executive Board of Allianz with responsibilities for European, Latin American and African Markets and, globally, for Property and Casualty. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of Unicredit and Pirelli.
In his earlier career, Cucchiani was a consultant with McKinsey where he worked in Milan, New York and London. Educated at Bocconi, where he graduated with highest honors, he obtained his MBA at Stanford where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
Enrico Cucchiani is Cavaliere del Lavoro, highest honorary title granted by the President of Italy, and was named Bocconi man of the year in 2006.


James Del Favero


James Del Favero is a co-founder of Ardea Partners, a M&A Advisory boutique.
He worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1989 to 2016. He was Chairman of the Fairness Committee and Head of Cross-Border M&A. He worked in the London, Paris and Sydney offices before moving to New York in 1998.
Before Goldman Sachs, he worked at the Boston Consulting Group and the First Boston Corporation.
He serves on the board of the Council for the United States and Italy and also as Treasurer of the Urban Arts Partnership. He is a member of the Hakluyt Society. James holds an MA from Oxford University, an MS from MIT and an MBA from INSEAD. He is fluent in Italian, French and Spanish.



Gianluigi Gabetti


Gianluigi Gabetti is Honorary Chairman of EXOR.
He graduated magna cum laude in law at Turin University. He started his business career in 1946 with Banca Commerciale Italiana – Turin headquarters, and in 1955 was appointed Deputy Director. Gabetti joined the Olivetti Group in 1959 and became President of the Olivetti Corporation of America in 1965.
In 1971 Gabetti was appointed Chief Operating Officer of IFI – Istituto Finanziario Industriale (holding company of the Agnelli Group), and the following year became Chief Executive Officer. In 1993, he resigned from that position to become Vice Chairman of FIAT and CEO of Exor Group – Luxembourg. In 2004 he was elected Chairman of IFI and IFIL, later merged into EXOR S.p.A.
At present, Gabetti is Honorary Chairman of EXOR, member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Agnelli and Banca del Piemonte. In addition, he is: Cavaliere del Lavoro, Life Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Member of the Executive Committee of The Council for the United States and Italy, and Honorary President of Lingotto Musica, Torino.




Vincenzo Ilotte


Vincenzo Ilotte, born in 1966, has a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. He is married with three children. He speaks English, French and German.
Since 1992, he joined the family group, 2A SPA, which operates in the field of production of zippers and die-casting aluminium and zamac alloys. As supervisor of the foundry division, he has led the company to be the first die-casting foundry in Italy and make it becoming a global player with plants in different countries.
The company received the “Europe 500” prize, as well as a number of “awards” on behalf of its Customers. Today, the company boasts several patents and numerous collaborations with offices spread worldwide.
He started his career abroad at the end of 1990’s.
From 1991 to 1992 he worked in Kolbenschmidt, in a French and a German plant, dealing with quality and logistics.
He also served as technical manager for the company Compagnie Générale des Eaux (now Vivendi), which ran the Parisian aqueduct (1,500 employees).
Since September 2014 he is the President of the Torino Chamber of Commerce, after stint on the board. He is also deputy Vice President of the Regional Association of Chambers of Commerce, Vice President of Italy Unioncamere, a member of the Governing Council of ICC Italy (International Chamber of Commerce), a member of the Assocamerestero General Council (Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce Abroad) and a member of the World Chambers Federation Council Board.
He has held numerous positions within other associations: President of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Unione Industriale of Torino; Vice President of AMMA (Aziende Meccaniche Meccatroniche Associate), of which he became President from 2008 to 2012. He is a member of the Unione Industriale of Torino General Council, of which he was Vice President from 2008 to 2016.Since June 2015 he is President of the Unicredit North West Territory Council.
In the past he was member of the Board of Directors of several companies, including Sagat, Italconsult, CMSP, Agenzia Torino srl. In the financial sector he founded Strategia Italia sgr, Ventura Finance spa and YUCO srl.


Arrigo Levi


Arrigo Levi served as Advisor for External relations to the Quirinale, the Office of the Italian President of the Republic, first with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and then as personal Advisor to President Giorgio Napolitano, until 2013.
Levi has an impressive track record in journalism: from Italia Libera in Buenos Aires (the anti-fascist exiles’ newspaper during World War II), to the daily newspapers Gazzetta di Modena (right after the WWII) and La Stampa; from the BBC and the daily newspapers Corriere della Sera and Il Giorno, to Rai (the Italian national public broadcasting company) news program, where he launched his TV career during the Six-Day war in the Middle East.
During this various path, he spent ten years in London, where he worked for la Voce di Londra; over two years in Moscow as a correspondent for Corriere della Sera, and one in Israel as a soldier during the War of Independence. Arrigo Levi served as Editor-in-chief for the daily newspaper La Stampa during the Italian “years of lead – darkened by terrorism” (1973-78). He was a columnist for Newsweek and for the Times of London.
As a student leader, he was imprisoned by the Peròn government in Argentina in 1944. He studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires. He has a graduate degree in philosophy from Bologna University and studied two years for a doctorate in theology at the University of London. He also taught at John Hopkins University in Bologna.