A graduate of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a degree in Economics, he joined the Mobil Group in 1969, where he held a number of executive positions in Italy and abroad and in 1989 and 1990 he was in charge of finance for Europe. Head of the accounting, finance and control department for Europe of the American company Campbell in 1991.
After having been Head of the accounting, finance, and control department of Montecatini (from 1991 to 1993), he subsequently held the office of Head of finance of Montedison-Compart (between 1993 and 1996), in charge of the financial restructuring of the Group. General manager and chief financial officer of the Italian National Railways between 1996 and 1998, he also held important positions in other companies of the Group (including Metropolis and Grandi Stazioni). Deputy- Chairman of Eurofima in 1997, he held the office of general manager and chief financial officer of Telecom Italia from 1998 until 1999, holding also in this case important positions in other
companies of the Group (including Finsiel, TIM, Sirti, Italtel, Meie and STET International). From 1999 to June 2005 he was Enel’s chief financial officer. He has been chief executive officer and general manager of Enel since May 2005. He is currently also a director of Barclays Plc and of AON Corporation, Barclays Plc and RCS Mediagroup. He is also deputy Chairman of Endesa and deputy Chairman of Confindustria per il Centro Studi as well as director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and of the Italian Technology Institute. In 2007 he was awarded with the Doctor Honoris Causa degree in Electrical Engineering, from Genoa University; in May 2009 he was appointed ”Cavaliere del Lavoro” of the Italian Republic and in December of the same year he became ”Officier de la Légion d’Honneur” of the French Republic.