Independent Director

Born in Rome on 11 January 1947, Gabriele Galateri di Genola received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University Business School. He began his professional career in 1971 in the Central Management Department of the Banco di Roma, then as Head of Financial Analysis and later managing the International Loans Office. In 1974 he joined Gruppo Saint Gobain first in Italy as Finance Director, then in Paris where he remained until 1976.  In 1977 he joined FIAT S.p.A where he was charged with positions of increasing responsibility: from Manager for North-Central-South America of the Foreign Finance Department, to Foreign Finance Director, and finally Finance Director. In 1986 he was appointed CEO of Ifil S.p.A., and in 1993 he assumed the position of CEO and General Manager of IFI, a role which he would retain until 2002.  In June 2002 he was appointed CEO of FIAT S.p.A. From April 2003 to June 2007 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca S.p.A., and from 3 December 2007 to 12 April 2011 he was Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A.  Since 8 April 2011, he has been Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

He is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Moncler S.p.A., Lavazza S.p.A., Fondazione Giorgio Cini Onlus, and Edenred S.A.. He is on the Board of the Fondazione San Carlo. He is also President of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology), President of the Committee for Corporate Governance of the Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange), member of the International Board of Overseers for the Columbia Business School and member of the European Advisory Board of Temasek. He was named a Cavaliere del Lavoro (the Italian Order of Merit for Labour) on 31 May 1999 and has been recognised by the Legion of Honour.