CEO | Leonardo
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since 16 May 2017.
He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security) since July 2017 and Chairman of the Fondazione Ricerca & Imprenditorialità since February 2018.
Born in Genoa, Italy on 17 February 1957, he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University.
In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano, where he worked for ten years. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company where he was in charge of strategic and organisational projects for financial companies. In 1989, at Bain, Cuneo & Associati, he was in charge of developing relations with financial institutions.
In 1991, he left the company consultancy sector to join RAS – Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, where he was responsible, as General Manager, for the banking and parabanking sectors. He was also in charge of the yield increase of that company’s bank and of the other group companies operating in the field of asset management.
In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till September 2010. Under his leadership, Unicredit Group became a European leading player, growing from 15,000 to over 162,000 employees, with branches in 23 countries.
In February 2012, he was nominated by the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services member of the High Level Expert Group in Brussels to reform the structure of the EU banking sector.
From April 2012 to August 2015, he served as Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank. From September 2015 to May 2017, he was a Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM.
Furthermore, Profumo was Chairman of the European Banking Federation in Brussels and of the International
Monetary Conference in Washington, D.C. He was also on the International Advisory Board of Itaú UniBanco
(Brazil) and was a member of Sberbank’s Supervisory Board (Russia).
He was a member of Eni’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014, and from July 2015 to April 2017. He was also a member of Mediobanca’s Board of Directors and Executive Board, and a member of Bocconi University’s Board of Directors.
Profumo was awarded the Cavaliere al Merito del Lavoro (the Italian Order of Merit for Labour) in 2004. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Together To Go (TOG) Foundation.