Top management

  • PRESIDENT

    Claudio Calabi

    Claudio Calabi was born in Torino, on April 20, 1948. He is graduated in Economics at University of Torino.

    1972 – 1977 Locat S.p.A., financial leasing company, Torino.
    1977 – 1981 Board secretary at CIR S.p.A. (Compagnie Industriali Riunite), Torino.
    1981 – 1985 General Manager at Mezzera S.p.A., a company producing equipment for the textile industry, Milano.
    1985 – 1987 Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Orlandi S.p.A., a company leader in the textile industry.
    1987 – 1992 Chief Executive Officer at Jucker S.p.A., a company producing components for the mechanical industry and equipment for the textile industry.
    1992 – 1994 Chief Executive Officer at Grassetto S.p.A., a leading construction company in civil works in Italy and abroad.
    1995 – 2000 Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at RCS Editori S.p.A, first Italian publishing group.
    Vice-president at the Italian news agency ANSA.
    2001 – 2004 Chief Executive Officer at Camuzzi Gazometri S.p.A., the main private company in the gas energy distribution in Italy and Argentina.
    2004 – 2005 Chief Executive Officer at I Viaggi del Ventaglio S.p.A., Italian tour operator.
    Chief Executive Officer at Camuzzi International S.A., Luxembourg, an holding company controlling the activity of gas and electrical energy distribution in Argentina.
    2006 – 2009 Chief Executive Officer at Il Sole 24 Ore S.p.A., publishing company listed at the Milano Stock Exchange and controlled by Confindustria, the association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy.
    Member of the Board of the Italian news agency Ansa.
    Member of the executive committee of WAN (World Association of Newspapers).
    2010 – 2015 Chief Executive Officer at Risanamento S.p.A. – company acting in the real estate field, listed at the Milano Stock Exchange.
    2013 – 2016 Member of the Board at Ospedale San Raffaele S.r.l. – Milano.
    Chairman of the Board at Pandette S.r.l. – Milano.
    2016 – 2017 Member of the Board and Executive Committee Chairman at Banca Carige S.p.A. – Genova.
    Vice President at Banca Cesare Ponti S.p.A. – Milano.
    2017 – 2019 Chairman of the Board at Capital Dev S.p.A. – Roma.
    At present: (from 2015) Chairman of the Board at Risanamento S.p.A.
    (from 2015) Chairman of the Board at Milano Santa Giulia S.p.A. – Milano.
    Chairman of the Board at Italtel S.p.A. – Milano
    Chairman of the Board at EPRICE S.p.A. – Milano
    Vice President at GLF Grandi Lavori Fincosit S.p.A. – Roma.
    Chairman of the Board of Liquidators at Camuzzi S.p.A. – Milano.
    Member of the Board at BE S.p.A. – Milano.
    Member of the Board at La Scuola S.p.A. – Brescia.
    Member of the Board at I.C.M. S.p.A. – Vicenza.
    Member of the Board at Polis S.p.A. – Milano
    Treasurer of the no-profit organization Convivio – Milano.

  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Benedetto Di Salvo

    Benedetto Di Salvo has assumed the role of CEO of Italtel since April 2022. Born in 1960, he graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 at the La Sapienza University of Rome.

    He began his career as a designer in the Finmeccanica Group (now Leonardo), participating in European development programs in the aerospace sector. Subsequently, he worked as Area Manager at international General Contractors with responsibility for some foreign markets.

    Since 1993 he has moved to the ICT sector, he has held global roles in sales, operations and general management with some of the leading multinational companies in the sector such as Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, gaining international experience with a broad knowledge of the TelCo and Enterprise businesses and of key technologies.

    Prior to joining Italtel, he was head of Sirti’s Digital Solutions Business Unit for four years, which, under his leadership, achieved extremely significant results in terms of market diversification and revenue growth in the Public and Private sectors.

    Since 2019 he has also been Chairman of Wellcomm Engineering SpA, a cybersecurity company acquired by Sirti with key customers in the Finance and Large Enterprise market.

  • CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

    Roberto Felline

    Born in Vigevano in 1963, Roberto Felline has a degree in Economics from the University of Pavia.

    He began his career in 1988 in the auditing firm Coopers & Lybrand, later to become PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a world leader in the field of auditing, holding the position of Senior Manager.

    In 2002 he joined Italtel dealing with Management Control in Research & Development and Operations and becoming, in 2010, responsible for the Controlling function of the entire Italtel group. He has followed various corporate and financial restructuring projects, taking on the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Group in 2017.

    From August 2019 he assumes the position of Italtel Chief Corporate Officer.

    Registered in the Register of Auditors, he held the positions of statutory auditor and board member in Italtel group companies.

  • CHIEF HR & ORGANIZATION OFFICER

    Michele Saracino

    Michele Saracino joined Italtel as Chief HR & Organization Officer in March 2022.

    He pursued a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master in Organization & Personnel from SDA Bocconi, Milan and obtained a Master Coaching Professional Competence (ACSTH Approved Coach Specific Training Hours – ICF).

    He is a multicultural HR Leader with 20 years of experience in different business sectors, from retail to high-end design furniture, training, and organization consultancy, in multinational, complex and structured companies, but also in middle-sized organizations.

    Michele worked for 11 years in the Natuzzi Group, world leader in luxury furniture (listed at the NYC stock exchange), with roles of increasing responsibility in HR in Italy, UK, Spain, Romania, China.

    Most recently, during his professional experience with Natuzzi Group, he has been living and working in the United States for three years where he participated in the turnaround project as HR Leader.

    Michele takes with him experience and strong competences in Organizational Design, Process Analysis, People Development, Rewarding, Compensations & Benefits, Change Management, Coaching.

  • Partnership, Technology & Communication

    Camillo Ascione

    Camillo Ascione is the Head of Partnership, Technology & Communication at Italtel, responsible to transform and develop the Company offer lines with focus on Services, Software and Multi-Technology.

    In 2001 he joined Italtel as pre-sales engineer for challenge operators.
    He was later charged to build a new highly specialized Network Engineering organization and appointed Head of Engineering with the focus to integrate OEM products in the various solutions provided by his teams.

    He was then appointed Head of one of the three Italtel Product Units: Cisco & OEM Products and Solutions, relating directly to the CEO. He was also put in charge of Cisco Strategic Alliance for Italtel.

    In 2017 VP Cisco Strategic Alliance Manager & CTO, Camillo Ascione was in charge of the technological strategies and partnerships of the Company. He had the responsibility to develop a new Software strategy for the Company based on development of applications for the Customer’s Line of Business and integrated with the Cisco Platforms.

    Camillo Ascione has been working in the technology and telecommunication sector for over thirty years. Prior to joining Italtel, he worked for Honeywell, Sirti and HP in the enterprise, public sector and service provider markets, on technology and best practices activities.

    Born in Santa Margherita Ligure in 1962, married with three children, Camillo obtained his graduation in Electronic at Istituto Di Negro of Genova in 1982.

  • Telco, Media & Cloud Provider – Business Unit

    Fabrizio La Paglia

    Fabrizio La Paglia is today the Head of Telco, Media & Cloud Provider Business Unit, responsible for developing business, clients and sales in the Service & Media Providers sector.

    In 2005, he joined Italtel, working as Project Manager and was part of the team that created and launched the start-up of the Spanish subsidiary of Italtel

    In Italtel, he covered a wide variety of roles during last 12 years. He was assigned growing responsibilities within the Company, leading several Project teams (Global Program Manager for Latin America in 2007,
    Head of Marketing and Business Development in 2009, Global Account Manager for Telecom Italia in 2013, Sales Operations for Italian Telco Providers in 2015), since 2016, when he was appointed Head of Market Unit.

    In 1995, he graduated at the “Università degli Studi” of Genoa in Electronic Engineering.

  • Private & Public Sector - Business Unit

    Giovanni Salerno

    Giovanni Salerno has a degree in Economics and Commerce and a Master in Total Quality Management.

    He began his career in 1996 in Ericsson Telecommunications in the Marketing field with growing responsibility also at an international level and then in 2001 he passed to the Sales Direction, where he became Sales Manager of the Central Italian Pubblic Administration and maintained this role until 2007.

    He acquired experience and skills in the field of IT Services in the following years, working as Sales Director of a leading company in the sector when in 2011 he joined Italtel with the role of Central Public Administration Sales Manager.

    He is currently the Head of the Business Unit Private & Public Sector in Italtel, with responsibility for positioning the company in the reference market through the coordination of the commercial, design and delivey structures.

  • Ultra Broad Band - Business Unit

    Paolo Allegra

    Paolo Allegra joined Italtel in December 1989 as HW&SW Engineer. More than twenty years in the Telco industry, firstly assuming technical responsibilities, then achieving a specialization in the networks design; afterwards he moved to the Sales Area for the international Market and later on assumed the role of Head of the Advanced Professional Services Organization which comprises Design, Engineering, Testing, Deployment and Technical Assistance departments at Milan Company headquarters.

    Mr. Allegra spent more than seven years in Latin America participating to the creation of the start-up Italtel Brasil and carried out, in the role of General Manager, the acquisition of the Brazilian Market through some relevant contracts with major Service Providers of fixed and mobile Telephony. He held the role of Sales Area Manager for the emerging markets Middle East and Africa for three years with the responsibility of local subsidiary.

    Starting from 2009 he took charge of Delivery Unit until 2010 when he was appointed Head of Product Unit.

    Today he is responsible for the Ultra Broad Band Business Unit, dedicated to the design of Ultra BroadBand and 5G networks, and to infrastructure engineering services.

  • Open Network & Platform – Technology Unit

    Giulio Gaetani

    Joining Italtel in 1992, he started working in the Validation testing team dedicated to Telecom Italia for the release of the TDM Exchange, doing the internal steps from team member to team leader in 1998.

    In 2000 he moved to the Engineering team, working in both presales and post sales activities, mostly with Italian Service Providers, both Telecom Italia, National and International, and others.

    In 2004 he came back to the Validation team assuming the responsibility of the teams on the worldwide market theatre of Italtel on Telco solutions. In the following years he developed strong relationships with the Engineering teams of Italtel subsidiaries abroad.

    In 2009 Validation team and Engineering in Italy have been merged and he assumed the leadership of the teams dedicated to the International Market for Telco solutions.

    In 2011 he took in charge to responsibility of the worldwide theatre for both Engineering and Validation activities

    In 2017 he assumed the responsibility of leading the Business Unit dedicated to proprietary products, platform and applications, related to five main streams: Telco, SDN, IoT, Contextual Communication and Management. The Business Unit had in charge all the phases, from Offering to Development, from Engineering to Operations support, by itself or in cooperation with the other Italtel BU.

    Today he is responsible for the Open Network & Platform Technology Units which are responsible for all phases, from offer to development, from technical support to operations, alone or in collaboration with the Business Units.

    Born in Milano, Italy in 1965, married, with four children, Giulio obtained his degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico of Milano in 1991 and attended the II level Master of the Politecnico of Milano in Innovation Management.

  • INTERNAL AUDIT & COMPLIANCE OFFICE

    Lorenzo Priolo

    Born in 1960, he is graduated full marks in Electronic Engineering (specialization Robotics).

    He held his thesis at the National Research Council (CNR) of Padua where he had a brief working experience as a researcher.
    He joined Italtel in 1988 dealing with project “Electronic Factory”, launched in the Carini plant (Palermo), taking care of quality and reliability aspects concerning the robotic production lines, at that time under implementation.

    He was involved in the Total Quality project and was Lead Assessor for several years for the Italian Quality Award (Premio Qualità Italia) for Small and Medium Enterprises, established by Confindustria (Italian Industrial Association).

    He was responsible for Corporate Quality, and since 2010, is Head of Internal Audit Department. From 2012, he is also Compliance Officer dealing with the Organizational, Management and Control Model pursuant to Italian Legislative Decree no. 231/2001.

    He takes part to the meetings of the Audit Committee, also as Secretary, and is member of the Supervisory Board (Organismo di Vigilanza).

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