Cristina Finocchi Mahne

Co-Chair | WCD Foundation Italy & Board Member | Elica; Italiaonline; Banco Desio

Business Economist and expert in corporate governance, she held Senior Executive positions in blue chips with a market capitalization up to € 10 billion. Since 2010 she serves on boards of companies listed at Borsa Italiana, and then at NYSE, also as Chairwoman of Board Committees (sectors: IT/communication, banking, consumer and discretionary goods, industrial, telecom services). In her different roles she has been dealing with ESG issues since 1999.

She has been Co-Chair Italy and Member of the Steering Committee since 2012 of WCD Foundation, international think tank to foster best practices in corporate governance. She has been also member of its Global Cyber Insurance Steering Committee.

She holds a Degree in Economics and Business, University of Rome La Sapienza and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), LUISS Business School; she achieved further qualifications in finance, financial communication and management skills in London and Los Angeles. She began her career in corporate finance at Euromobiliare, investment bank owned at that time by HSBC, and then she gained a significant experience, on different perspectives, in finance at Tamburi&Associati, Italian leader in M&A and privatizations, JP Morgan and Hill & Knowlton. She served on the Management Committee of main financial blue chip companies -among which Fineco Group-, with market capitalization up to € 10 billion, as Director of Investor Relations and Group Strategic Communication.

She was Partner and then Board Member of a leading Italian corporate governance and strategic communication advisory firm, listed on AIM. She was also Author and Anchorwoman of Watchdog, the first television magazine about corporate governance, on air from 2004 to 2012 on Italian CNBC financial channel, ClassCNBC Sky 507. Among its guests, the most prominent representatives from business, financial, academic and institutional community, at national and international level.

She was Professor of Advanced Business Administration (master’s course then entitled ‘Economics of Industrial and Banking Groups’), Faculty of Economics, University of Rome La Sapienza, from 2012 to 2017, beside being supervisor and member of degree and master’s degree board. She was Lecturer in Corporate Governance at the international MBA, Luiss Business School from 2013 to 2015 and in risk control system and corporate governance at courses reserved to board members of banking groups, ABI (Italian Banking Association).

In 2003 she was awarded the “Distinguished Executive Award” by LUISS University, and in 2007, she received the “Best in Class” Award from Faculty of Economics of La Sapienza University, both for professional achievements. She has been key speaker at national and international conferences on financial and economic issues and author of articles published in leading economic newspapers and in an international publication.

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