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Franco Bernabè - Deputy Chairman

03/26/2018 - 11:00 AM

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Franco Bernabè is Deputy Chairman of Telecom Italia from March 22, 2018.  

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Franco Bernabè was born in Vipiteno (Bozen) on 18 September 1948.
After earning his degree with honors in Economics and Political Science at the University of Turin in 1973, he worked for two years as a post-graduate fellow at the Einaudi Foundation and subsequently in the department of Economics and Statistics at the OECD in Paris. In 1978 he joined FIAT as Chief Economist.
In 1983 he moved to Eni as assistant to the Chairman, and subsequently took up the position of Central Manager for Planning, Monitoring and Development. In 1992, he was appointed Chief Executive, a post which he continued to hold till 1998. During the course of his two mandates, Eni was restructured and privatised, becoming one of the largest oil companies in the world in terms of capitalisation.
In November 1998 he joined the Telecom Italia Group as Chief Executive, leaving in 1999 following the Olivetti takeover bid. In 2008 he rejoined the Telecom Italia Group as Chief Executive where he became Executive Chairman in 2010. In 2013 he was appointed Chairman of FB Group, an investment company active in the business consulting fields.
He has been Chairman of GSMA, the international organisation of mobile network operators, for two mandates, member of the board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of PetroChina. He has been a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and of the International Council of JP Morgan, member of the Managing Board of Assonime and Assolombarda and member of the Managing Board and Executive Committee of Confindustria.
He has been Director of Fiat, Tiscali, Pininfarina, Poste Olandesi (TPG), Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) and Chairman of OME (Observatoire Mediteraneen de l’Energie). He has been member of the  International Advisory Board of Credit Suisse, of the Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Perez Center for Peace, founded by Shimon Peres.
He has also held various public offices: in 1999 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Special Representative of the Italian government for the reconstruction of Kossovo; from 2001 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Venice Biennale, and since 2004 he has been Chairman of Mart in Trento and Rovereto, the principal Italian museum of modern art.
Actually he is Chairman of Nexi S.p.A., leading company for payment systems and electronic money, Chairman of Fondazione La Quadriennale of Rome and Chairman of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO.
In recognition of his lifetime achievements, he was knighted in 2011 by the President of the Italian Republic.
 
Update: March 2018