Company officers

Board of Directors

First name and surname Office
Gianmario Tondato da Ruos Chairman, Board of Directors
José María Palencia Saucedo CEO
Gilberto Benetton Director
Alberto De Vecchi Director
Gianni Mion Director
Paolo Roverato Director
Carla Cico (*) Director
Laura Cioli (*) Director
Lynda Christine Tyler-Cagni (*) Director

(*) independent

Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos – Chairman of the Board of Directors. Born in Oderzo (Treviso) in 1960, after graduating in economics and commerce at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, he began his professional career in 1985 at Nordica S.p.A., then continuing at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore and in various Benetton Group companies, where he worked in corporate reorganisation and international mobility. He joined the Autogrill Group in 2000, when he moved to the United States to manage the incorporation of the American subsidiary HMS, which he led to an intense strategic refocusing on concession assets and business diversification by sector, geographical area and channel. Through a policy of internal growth and acquisitions, Autogrill almost doubled it sales and acquired Aldeasa, Alpha and WDF Europe, transforming the Group into the leading operator in airport retail, integrating restaurant services. He became Chief Executive Officer of Autogrill in April 2003, Lead Independent Director of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly Lottomatica Group S.p.A.), chairman of HMS, Chairman of the Board of Directors of WDF and member of the Board of Directors of WDFG SAU and WDFG Spain.
José María Palencia Saucedo – Director. Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1963, he graduated in economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and subsequently earned a Masters in Business Administration from Università L. Bocconi in Milan. He began his professional career in 1988 in the sector of Strategy and Development at Acerinox and continued the same at Mitsui & Co. (1993 to 1995) and Arthur Andersen (1996). He held the position of General Manager at SEPI (Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales) from 1996 to 1999 and from 1999 to 2001 at Eurocofin. In 2001 he joined Aldeasa as General Director and as member of the Board of Directors. From 2006 he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of WDFG SAU.
Gilberto Benetton – Director. Born in 1941 in Treviso, he directed the Benetton family’s diversification into the retail, real estate and infrastructure sectors over the past 20 years, after having started in 1965, with his siblings Giuliana, Luciano and Carlo, the Benetton Group business, a leading company in the fashion industry. He is Chairman of Edizione S.r.l., the financial holding of the Benetton family (where he presides over all the investment activity, both in finance and real estate), Chairman of Autogrill and a Director of the Atlantia Group. He is a Director of Mediobanca S.p.A., where he has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2007. He is also a Director at Pirelli S.p.A. A passionate sportsman, he is the promoter of the Group’s numerous sports activities, especially in the youth sector, in social activities and professional rugby. Through the Benetton Foundation he helped realise La Ghirada, a sports complex in Treviso founded in 1982 and open to all enthusiasts. Since 1988 he has been the President of Verde Sport S.p.A, a company that deals with the management of the multipurpose centre de La Ghirada and the organisation of its many activities focussed on young people and the land; and at the Asolo Golf Club S.r.l., one of the most prestigious in Europe.
Alberto De Vecchi – Director. Born in Milan in 1955, he graduated in Social and Economic  Sciences at the University L. Bocconi, Milan. He began his professional career at Banca Commerciale Italiana. In 1985 he worked at Montedison, where he was appointed Director of Financial Planning. In 1995 he joined Esaote S.p.A. as Chief Financial Officer, leading the company to its IPO on the Milan Stock Exchange in 1996. From 2003 to 2006 he was Chief Financial Officer at Bracco S.p.A. He has been with Autogrill since 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. In Autogrill he participated especially in the acquisitions of Aldeasa, Alpha and WDF Europe. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of WDFG SAU.
Gianni Mion – Director. Born in 1943 in Vo’ (PD), he graduated in economics and commerce at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. Certified Accountant and Auditor, he became Chief Executive Officer of Edizione S.r.l. starting in 1986, a company in which in June 2012 he became the Vice President. His professional career began at KPMG as Auditor and continued at Mc Quay Europe S.p.A. as Controller. In 1974 he joined Gepi S.p.A. and became Deputy General Director in 1980. From 1983 to 1985 he was Managing Director at Fintermica S.p.A., and continued to work at Marzotto S.p.A. as Finance Manager until 1986.
Paolo Roverato – Director. Born in Padua in 1963, he graduated in Business Administration at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He is a Certified Accountant and Auditor. He began his professional career at a leading accounting firm in Padua and continued in 1989 at Arthur Andersen S.p.A., becoming manager in 1994 and over time held positions of increasing responsibility within the organisation. In 2002 he became the Manager of Edizione S.r.l. He served on the Board of Directors at numerous companies including Telecom Italia Media S.p.A., Gemina S.p.A., Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., Investimenti Infrastrutture S.p.A., Leonardo S.r.l., Schemaventotto S.p.A., Sagat-Aeroporto di Torino S.p.A., Aeroporto di Firenze S.p.A. and Chief Executive Officer at Aeroporti Holding S.p.A. Currently he holds the following positions: Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance and the Human Resources Committee at Autogrill, Member of the Board of Directors of WDF and Edizione Property S.p.A. and Chief Executive Officer of Edizione Alberghi S.r.l. In addition, he is a standing auditor of Alì S.p.A. and Elvox S.r.l.
Carla Cico – Director. Born in Verona in 1961, after receiving a degree in Oriental languages at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, she received an MSE from the University of London and an MBA from the London Business School. She began her professional career at Italtel, Beijing and ChongQing in 1987. After having served as Chief Director at IRI in Beijing from 1993 to 1994, she worked for the Telecom Italy Group in Rome from 1995 to 1999 as Director of International Business at Stet International in the identification, evaluation, negotiation and financial structuring for acquisitions in the international market. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as a consultant for the identification and evaluation of possible investment opportunities in telecommunications and in the internet area at CVC/Opportunity Fund in Brazil. Later, she took over the role of Chief Executive Officer in both listed and private companies (Brasil Telecom S.A. from 2001 to 2005, Ambrosetti China – part of the Ambrosetti Group – from 2007 to 2009, Rivoli S.p.A from 2010 to 2012). She is the first woman to hold the post of Chief Executive Officer at a telecommunications company in Latin America and in 2003 was elected as the best Chief Executive Officer in the telecommunications sector in Latin America by Reuters International Investor Research. In 2004 and 2005 she was included in the list of Forbes and Fortune magazine as “one of the most important women in the business world”.
Laura Cioli – Director. Born in Macerata in 1963, she graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Bologna. Certified in the engineering profession in 1988, she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi in Milan in 1990. She began her career as an industrial analyst at ITP Automation (from 1988 to 1989). From 1991 to 1998 she was manager at Bain & Company for development and project management at large industrial and service companies, mainly relating to strategy, organisation and operational improvement. She joined Vodafone Italy in 1999 as a member of the Executive Committee, holding various positions in operations and management and remained there until 2006, when she became Senior Vice President of ENI Gas & Power (also in charge of development and management of Eni’s presence in the gas and electricity market, directing the business development, commercial strategy, marketing, communications and all the operation activities in sales, customer service and billing). From 2008 to 2012 she became General Manager of SKY Italy (News Corporation Group), in charge of as manager of the income statement. Currently she is an independent member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Impregilo S.p.A., Chairman of the Strategic Agreement Committee of Impregilo/Salini, independent member of the Board of Directors and the Nominating and Remuneration Committee of Cofide – Gruppo De Benedetti S.p.A., Member of the International Advisory Board of MIP – Milan Polytechnical, and a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of Bocconi University.
Lynda Christine Tyler-Cagni – Director. Born in Bushey (United Kingdom) in 1956, she studied in France (at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques), in the United Kingdom (earning a bachelor’s degree in arts, languages, economics and politics at Kingston University) and in the United States. Afterward she served as Human Resources Director at Air Products & Chemicals Inc. and from 1979 to 1988, at Mortimer Leman International as a Human Resources Consultant. From 1990 to 1994 she worked at Cummins Engine Company Inc. as Human Resources Director in Europe and as Director of Marketing and Sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From 1995 to 2000 she was Vice President of Human Resources in Europe at Stanley Black & Decker, and from 2000 to 2010 was the Central Manager Human Resources in Ermenegildo Zegna. Currently she is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Fast Retailing (Uniqlo holding, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, G.U., J Brand, etc.).

 

BOARD OF STATUTORY AUDITORS

First name and surname Office
Marco Giuseppe Maria Rigotti Chairman, Board of Statutory Auditors
Massimo Catullo Standing auditor
Patrizia Paleologo Oriundi Standing auditor
Antonella Campus Alternate auditor
Cinzia Cravagna Alternate auditor

“Information on directorships and control offices held by the Statutory Auditors can be found on CONSOB’s website: http://www.sai.consob.it/web/sai/ricerca-incarichi “.

Marco Giuseppe Maria Rigotti – Chairman of the Board of Auditors. Born in Milan on 16 June 1967, he graduated in Business Economics from the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi in Milan in 1992. He has been registered in the List of Certified Accountants of Milan since 1993 and in the Register of Certified Auditors since 1999. Leaving Consob in 1998, where he carried out research on insider trading and stock price manipulation, he began his professional activity in Milan conducting research at the Department of Legal Studies A. Sraffa at Bocconi University, where he is a Professor of Commercial Law. He is the author of several scientific publications on the subject of corporate law and financial markets.
Massimo Catullo – Standing auditor. Born in Venice on 25 June 1953, he graduated in Economics and Business at the Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He is registered in the List of Certified Accountants and is a Certified Auditor. He worked at Arthur Andersen S.p.A. from 1979 to 1995, carrying out activities of auditing and certification of financial statements, accounting organisation, business valuation, assistance in extraordinary transactions (acquisitions, mergers, transfers), and assistance for listing on the stock exchange. In 1984 he became Director of Arthur Andersen S.p.A., and in 1991 became a partner. He was partner in charge of Italy for business consulting in the financial sector of Arthur Andersen MBA from 1996 to 2001, where he worked, especially, in assisting with extraordinary operations, assessments, due diligence, corporate governance, development of industrial plans, and project management. In September 2001 he became Chief Executive Officer  of ACBGroup from its inception up to the establishment of ACB Consulting S.r.l. in 2004 (ACB Consulting S.r.l. offers business consulting to enterprises, while the ACB Group remains focussed on enhancing the network of integrated offices that constitute the corporate structure). As Chief Executive Officer he is responsible for the acquisition and implementation of important consultancy contracts. He conducted his work as President and Chief Executive Officer  of ACB Consulting S.r.l. until 2009. In 2010 he founded Catullo & Partners S.r.l. (where he is Sole Director) with the main purpose of offering professional advisory services in corporate strategy, corporate finance and M&A, in particular for SMEs.
Patrizia Paleologo Oriundi – Standing Auditor. Born in Milan on 24 January 1957, she graduated in Business Administration (with specialisation in the profession of Certified Public Accountant) at the Università Commerciale L. Bocconi in Milan in 1980. She has been registered in the List of Certified Accountants of Milan since 1983, and has been an Official Auditor since 1992 and Certified Auditor since 1995. After having collaborated with the Legal Tax Offices of Luigi Biscozzi-Augusto Fantozzi of Milan from 1980 to 1986, in 1987 she started her professional collaboration at Palumbo Law Associates of Milan, which lasted until 1997. In 1998 she founded Paleologo – Tabone Tax and Legal Offices in Milan, whose business is aimed both at direct clients and lawyers/accounting firms. She is a member of the AODV231 Association, participating in the drafting of position papers concerning money laundering. For nearly 30 years, she has worked in auditing activities with title of Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors, Standing Auditor or member of supervisory bodies ex Leg. Decree 231/01 in several companies, including multinationals.
Antonella Campus – Alternate auditor. She graduated in Law at the Università degli Studi di Milano and has been registered in the Bar Association since 1984. She interned in legal tax offices of major importance before beginning her career as sole practicioner. She specialises in litigation, which activity she performs also on behalf of successful tax advisory firms. Registered in the List of Certified Auditors, she is a member and Chairman of numerous Boards of Auditors in leading companies, pension funds and professional associations among enterprises. Moreover, she has been working with the legislation concerning the protection of personal data since its adoption, with particular reference to the scope of international relations and issues related to remote sales, the industry for which she also provides consultancy on contractual matters and consumer relations.
Cinzia Cravagna – Alternate auditor. Born in Udine on 11 April 1966, she graduated in Economics and Commerce from the University of Trieste in 1990. She was admitted to the List of Certified Accountants of Treviso and is a Certified Legal Auditor. After working at Arthur Andersen S.p.A. (1991-1992, in Treviso) as an assistant in the activities of auditing financial statements of listed and unlisted companies in both the manufacturing and the banking sectors, from 1993 to 1996 she began working as a consultant in the corporate finance division (participating in work carried out for both manufacturing and banking companies) and is involved in business consulting work mainly oriented to the organisational analysis at Arthur Andersen MBA S.r.l. of Treviso. From September 1996 through April 2005 she has held the position of senior manager at Deloitte & Touche S.p.A. (formerly Arthur Andersen) and – since 1997 – is a manager responsible for the auditing of some of the largest multinational companies in Triveneto and maritime transport companies. Alongside her auditing activities, she is also involved in corporate finance transactions, such as acquisitions, mergers, and listing on the stock exchange for important Italian and foreign groups, as well as business development and analysis of medium-term financial plans and company assessments. From 2005 to July 2012 she was associated with the Duodo & Associates Law Firm and is involved in business consulting services (with particular regard to the areas of financial statements and accounting, budgets and business plans, financial restructuring, management control, valuation of companies, extraordinary operations, audits, internal audits, implementation of organisational models from Legislative Decree 231/01, implementation of Law 262/05 for listed companies). From July 2012 she has provided advisory services to clients of the Duodo & Associates Law Firm and assignments in appraisals, business assessments, business plans and due diligence.