Management

 

Lorenzo Pellicioli
Executive Chairman
 
 

 

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Paolo Ceretti
Chief Executive Officer
 
 

 

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Manolo Santilli
Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Director
 

 

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Pier Luigi Rossi
Head of Strategy and Development
 

 

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Lorenzo Pellicioli
Executive Chairman
 
 

 

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Born on July 29th 1951 in Alzano Lombardo (BG). Married, with three children, Lorenzo Pellicioli lives in Paris.

He started his career as a journalist for the newspaper Giornale Di Bergamo and afterwards became Vice-President of Bergamo TV Programmes. From 1978 to 1981 he held different posts in Italian private television sector: for Manzoni Pubblicità, and for Publikompass up to his nomination as Rete 4 General Manager. In 1984 he joined Gruppo Mondadori, the leading Italian publishing group. He was initially appointed General Manager for Advertising Sales, and Mondadori Periodici (magazines) Deputy General Manager, and afterwards President and CEO of Manzoni & C. S.p.A, the Group’s advertising representative.

From 1990 to 1997, he served as First President and CEO of Costa Cruise Lines in Miami, which is part of the Costa Crociere Group operating in the North American market (USA, Canada and Mexico) and then became General Manager of Costa Crociere S.p.A., based in Genoa, with worldwide responsibilities. From 1995 to 1997 he was also President and CEO of Compagnie Française de Croisières (Costa-Paquet), the Paris-based subsidiary of Costa Crociere.

From 1997 onwards he participated in the privatisation of Seat Pagine Gialle, which was purchased by a group of financial investors. After the acquisition he was appointed CEO of SEAT. In February 2000 he also took charge of the Internet Business unit of Telecom Italia, subsequent to the sale of Seat. In September 2001, following the acquisition of Telecom Italia by the Pirelli Group, he resigned.

As from November 2005 he became CEO of the De Agostini Group.From August 2006 until April 2015 he was Chairman of Gtech S.p.A. then, following the merger with IGT, he was appointed Deputy Chariman of IGT.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A..

He is also member of the Advisory Boards of Wisequity II, Macchine Italia and Palamon Capital Partners. 

He was formerly also a member of the boards of Enel, INA-Assitalia and Toro Assicurazioni, and of the Advisory Board of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking.

On April 3, 2017 he was honoured with the title of Chevalier dans l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the French Legion of Honor).

Paolo Ceretti
Chief Executive Officer
 
 

 

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Paolo Ceretti was appointed Chief Executive Officer of DeA Capital on 11th January 2007.

He gained his professional experience inside the Agnelli Group, holding from 1979 positions of increasing importance at Fiat SpA (Internal Auditing and Finance) and in the Financial Services Sector (Planning, Credit and Control) and subsequently assuming the position of Head of Strategic Planning and Development of Ifil (now EXOR).

After assuming responsibility for the internet B2C sector of Fiat/Ifil in 1999 as CEO of CiaoHolding and CiaoWeb, he was appointed CEO of GlobalValue SpA, a Fiat/IBM joint venture in the Information Technology sector.

Since 2004, he has been General Manager of De Agostini S.p.A., the holding of the De Agostini Group where he is also CEO of IDeA Capital Funds and De Agostini Editore.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of IGT, Banijay Group and other companies of the Group.

Manolo Santilli
Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Director
 

 

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Manolo Santilli was appointed Chief Financial Officer of DeA Capital in February 2007 and Investor Relations Director in July 2016.

He gained his professional experience starting in 1996 in STET International in the Planning, Controlling and Initiative Evaluation area and subsequently in 2000 at IFIL/FIAT.

In 2002 he became Investment Manager in Finmeccanica and since 2004 he entered the De Agostini Group, where he is in currently also Administration, Finance and Reporting Manager of the Holding company, De Agostini S.p.A..

In 1994 he graduated in Economics at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi of Milan.

He is also Auditor and member of the Professional Accountants register in Pescara.

Pier Luigi Rossi
Head of Strategy and Development
 

 

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Pier Luigi Rossi joined DeA Capital in July 2017 as Head of Strategy and Development, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, supporting top management in strategic investments, divestments and management of the shareholdings.

He started his career in Value Partners Management Consulting.

From 1997 to 2003, he worked in London in the Investment Banking Department of Morgan Stanley as analyst in the General M&A Execution Group later becoming senior associate in the European Financial Institutions Group, focusing on the Italian market.

From June 2003 to September 2005, he was senior transactor of the Advisory Team of Mediocredito Centrale (Capitalia Group) later becoming head of Group M&A and Business Development of Capitalia until October 2007.

From the end of 2007 to June 2017, he was founding partner of Sator and partner of Sator Private Equity Fund where he was also head of Investor Relations and board member of various portfolio companies.

He received a BA with honours in Business Administration with major in Finance from Bocconi University in Milan in 1997 and attended MBA Courses in Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.