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Paolo Clerici
Chairman and CEO

Paolo Clerici, born in Genoa in 1945, married with two children. After studying in Italy and Switzerland he joined the Coeclerici Group - at that time called Coe & Clerici - in 1967, starting with oil products trading and working up to an executive position in 1972 with his appointment as CEO and Managing Director of some minor Group companies. He left Coeclerici in 1976 and set up his own companies first SAIF, acting inter alia as agent of Thyssen Carbometal Inc. and Koch Carbon. He sold his shares in SAIF to his business partner Franco Zucchi and in 1980 started a new company Compagnia Mercantile Internazionale active in importing coal, scrap metal, chemical and food products. He went back to the Group in 1983 as CEO of SIRCO Trading S.p.A. (joint venture between Sears World Trade Inc., IRI and Coe & Clerici). He was also appointed member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Coe & Clerici SpA. In 1986 he was appointed Managing Director and one year later Deputy Chairman of the holding company, Coeclerici SpA. Paolo Clerici is the prime mover behind the international expansion of the Group, of which he has become Chairman in 1992. Since 2001, after the conclusion of his second mandate as President of the Italian Ship-owners Association (Confitarma) 1997-2001, Paolo Clerici has decided to concentrate full time on the Coeclerici Group. In June 2003 he was conferred the insignia of Cavaliere del Lavoro (Knight of Labor) by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President of the Italian Republic.

He is a member of the Board of the Council for relations between Italy & USA, of which he is also a member of the Executive Committee.

In October 2017 he founded the Paolo e Giuliana Clerici Foundation, that aims to carry out philanthropic activities for civic and social purposes, in order to contribute, also through art initiatives, to the enhancement of the territories and local communities. He is Chair of Paolo e Giuliana Clerici Foundation.

On 29 November 2019, the University of Genoa awarded him an Honorary Degree in Administration, Finance and Control, as an “…academic acknowledgement of Cavaliere Paolo Clerici’s efforts in the field of entrepreneurship at both local and national level, which have given an international dimension to the group’s activities and bear witness to the synergy established between the University and the economy” (Paolo Comanducci, Rector of the University of Genoa).

Andrea Clavarino
Executive Deputy Chairman

Andrea Clavarino, born in Mar del Plata (Argentina) on 24 January 1957, is married since 1992 and has two daughters. He graduated in law in 1980 at the Genoa University and that same year entered the Coeclerici Group.

Andrea Clavarino has held different positions within the Group. He was Director of the Johannesburg office, Marketing Director and Director General of the Trading division. From 2004 until 2018 he has been Chief Executive Officer of the Group Logistics division. He is presently Deputy Chairman of Coeclerici S.p.A. and Member of the Board of Directors of the controlled company IMS Technologies S.p.A.. Besides, he has Global responsibilities for Insurance and Institutional Affairs.

Since 1999 he has been the Chairman of Assocarboni, the International Association of Coal Operators, grouping more than 40 international coal operators representing the entire coal value chain, from coal miners to the electricity producers, based in Rome and represented in Brussels.
Since 2001 he has been a Member of CIAB, the Coal Industry Advisory Board, the coal consultative body part of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris.

Corrado Papone
Deputy Chairman
Corrado Papone, born in Genoa in 1945. After completing his high school education (specializing in classical studies), he brilliantly graduated in Law at the university of Genoa. He began his career as lawyer at a leading law firm in Genoa towards the end of the sixties and earned the qualification to practice the legal profession with the highest marks. He was involved in working groups for the development of standard contractual models for organizations and gave assistance in tax and financial matters to groups of public enterprises (Efim, Finmare, Ansaldo, Oto Melara, Termomeccanica, C.M.I., Compagnie Portuali Genovese, Ravennate, Savonese and others) and to other companies and/or local entities (Regione Liguria, Comune di Genova, Chamber of Commerce of Genoa, Ospedali Civili Genova, Ospedale Gaslini, Consorzio Pubblico Trasporti di Perugia and others). He also provided advisory services to international groups such as Philco, Philips, Shell Chimica, Esso Chimica, Fisons Pharma, Hermann Pharma and to no-profit organizations such as trustees, museums et similia. Since 1992, upon receiving the mandate from Coeclerici Group's shareholders, he has covered the office of Deputy Chairman of Coeclerici SpA's Board of Directors and Member of the Coeclerici SpA's Executive Committee. He is partner and covers the office of Member of the Board of Directors of Finanziaria Cocler S.A.p.A.
Giacomo Clerici
Deputy Chairman
Giacomo Clerici was born on 8 March 1975 in Lugano (Switzerland) and he is married with two children. He is actually responsible of the Group’s logistics activities in Indonesia and Managing Director of Coeclerici Far East (Pte) Ltd, fully owned subsidiary of Coeclerici S.p.A, a private multidivisional company founded more than 120 years ago in Genoa (Italy) involved in coal mining, trading, distribution, shipping (dry bulk ships) and logistics activities (transhippers, floating cranes, etc.) serving the power, steel and cement industries around the world. He started his career as junior controller in Pirelli (Milan) then moved to RCS Media Group (Milan) and subsequently to Graham Beck winery (South Africa) before joining the family business in 2004. He has held different positions within Coeclerici Group, acting first as Group financial controller and then as Chief Financial Officer and in 2010 became Member of the Coeclerici SpA’s Board of Directors, before moving to Singapore in 2012 to oversee and stimulate the growth of the Group in the Asia Pacific region. He has an extensive knowledge of Corporate Finance (Syndicate Loan, Project Finance, Pre export and Trade Finance), Accounting (IFRS and local GAAP) and Information Technology (ERP, Treasury System and Business Intelligence).
Teresio Gigi Gaudio
Teresio Gigi Gaudio, born in Vignale Monferrato (Alessandria) in 1938. Graduated in Economics at Bocconi University (Milan) magna cum laude. Professional career: 1962-1967 ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO. - Senior Auditor. 1967–1969 FOOTE, CONE & BELDING – Chief Financial Officer. 1969-1975 GTE TELECOMUNICAZIONI (subsidiary of General Telephone and Electronics) - Chief Financial Officer. 1975-1977 ERCOLE MARELLI SPA - Chief Financial Officer. 1977-1982 IMPRESIT (Fiat Group) - Chief Financial Officer. 1983-1990 ITALSTRADE (subsidiary of IRI-ITALSTAT) - Deputy General Manager. 1990-1998 COECLERICI GROUP - General Manager and, since 1996, CEO. 1998-2000 WASTE MANAGEMENT ITALIA - Chairman, CEO and Country Manager. 2001-2003 APRILIA - Vice President and CEO. 2003-2007 FIAMM - CEO and General Manager. 2007-2009 STILE BERTONE – CEO. Present: 2010 ICONA SHANGHAI DESIGN & ENGINEERING - Chairman and CEO. 2013 COECLERICI SPA – Group Executive Deputy Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors with direct report to the Chairman on the following corporate functions: Information Technology, Treasury, Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, General Services, Internal Audit and Group Controllership.
Antonio Belloni
Antonio Belloni, born in Genoa on 24 March 1950, married. Antonio Belloni is Senior Advisor of BC Partners where he served as Managing Partner from 2006 to June 2011. During this period he contributed to the acquisitions of Migros Tikaret in Turkey and Gruppo COIN in Italy where he is now a Board Member. Previously Antonio Belloni served as COCEO of De Agostini SpA where he spent eight years. In this role he managed the existing activities as well as the diversification program which led to several acquisitions for a total of Euro 5bn. The most notable acquisitions were Lottomatica SpA and Toro Assicurazioni SpA where he was appointed Chairman of the Board. He previously was CEO and Managing Director of Camfin, holding company of the Pirelli Group and a listed steel, iron and oil products distributor and, before that, of Andrea Merzario Group, a sea, land and air transporter. He has a degree in economics and commerce from the University of Genoa.
Giorgio Cefis
Giorgio Cefis, born at Lesa (NO) on 18 September 1944. Education: Bocconi University, Milan Degree in Business and Economics. Work experience: City of London, London Freeman The Worshipful Company of International Bankers, London Liveryman Burgo Group, Turin (Paper Mill) Chairman Monrif, Bologna (Publishing) Director Allianz Bank, Milan (Bank) Director Assocarta, Milan (Confederation of paper industry) Director
Jody Vender
Jody Vender, born in Milan on 17 September 1950, has four children. He got a Bachelor of Art degree in Economics in 1974 at Bocconi University in Milan where he has also been a Finance Professor from 1977 to 2004. In 1978 he founded SO.PA.F. SpA, a corporation operating principally in the area of private equity with proprietary capital. In addition, the company operated in financial intermediation through a subsidiary, Pasfin. Over the years, through SO.PA.F. Jody Vender has invested in about 80 companies in Italy. In addition, through SO.PA.F., Jody Vender has participated in about 40 investments outside of Italy as co-investor of leading private equity firms. Outside of the Group, Jody Vender has been Board Member of Rinaldo Piaggio, Buitoni, Zanussi, Mondadori, Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura, ICLE Mediocredito Toscano, Recordati, Retequattro, Sasib, GIM Generale Industrie Metallurgiche and Camfin. Jody Vender is currently a Board Member of Humanitas SpA, Prelios SpA, Astor SIM SpA and Jove Invest Srl.
Rosa Cipriotti

Ms Cipriotti was born in Cariati, in the province of Cosenza, on 14 December 1974 and lives in Milan.

In 1998, she graduated with honours in Business and Economics from the Università La Sapienza, Rome, and, in 2015, she achieved an Executive Master ‘General Management Program’ at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

Ms Cipriotti is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, family businesses and financial institutions, with technical knowledge of ordinary and extraordinary business finance, risk management, negotiation and strategy.

She has developed a consolidated international profile since 1999, holding positions of increasing responsibility in global financial institutions.

She is also an independent consultant for groups and business families involved in extraordinary operations.

She has gained competency in corporate governance as an independent non-executive director in national and multi-national companies since 2013.

Ms Cipriotti has also been active academically, initially as assistant to the chair of Business Management at the Università La Sapienza, Rome (1999) and subsequently as lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano

Lucio Stanca

Lucio Stanca was born in Lucera on 20 October 1941. He graduated from the Bocconi University, Milan, with a degree in Business and Economics.

From 1968 to March 2001, he worked for IBM with positions in Italy, Europe and the United States including Chairman and Managing Director of IBM Italia, member of the World Management Committee, and Corporate Vice President of the group. In later years, from 1994 to 2001, he was Chairman and CEO of IBM EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) based in Paris. At that time, the company had 110,000 employees, was operating in almost 100 countries, and had a turnover of about USD 30 billion.

From 1991, he has been the Vice President-Treasurer of the Aspen Institute Italia, and he has also been President of the Aspen Junior Fellows since July 2002. He is deputy chairman of the relevant Fondazione Collegio (a type of Hall of Residence) of Milan, which hosts Italian and foreign students from all Milanese universities.

Mr Stanca sat on many Boards of Directors including those of the Bocconi University, Milan, 1994-2006, PartnerRe, a world leader in reinsurance, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, IMD Foundation of Lausanne, Fila, Italtel and others. He was also a member of the Board of the Gateway Foundation promoted by the World Bank for the development of digital technologies in developing countries.

Mr Stanca was Managing Director of Expo 2015 S.p.A. from April 2009 to June 2010; the industrial plan of the exhibition and the project for the exhibition site subsequently developed were developed during that time.                                                   

From 2001-2006, he was Minister for Innovation and Technologies in the second and third Berlusconi governments with a mandate on the development and use of Information and Communication Technologies by the Public Administration, families and companies. To this end, he chaired the Committee of Ministers for the information society. At that time, the most important initiatives were the Digital P.A. Code, the Public Administrations’ Connection System, the financing of hundreds of e-Government for Local Administrations projects, the ‘electronic registered letter’ (P.E.C.), the digital signature, the legal value of the digital document, the launch of the electronic identity card, the incentives for young people for the purchase of a personal computer, the so-called ‘Stanca Law’ to promote access to P.A. sites for disabled persons, the law that enabled the creation of the remote learning universities and other items.

Mr Stanca was elected a Senator in the 15th legislature, 2006-2008, and was part of the Industry and Commerce Commission. In the 16th legislature, 2008-2013, he was elected as an MP and was part of the European Policies Commission.

In 2001, he was elected ‘Bocconian of the Year’. In 2004, he was awarded a degree honoris causa in Informatics. In 2013, he published ‘L’Italia vista da fuori e da dentro’ (Italy seen from outside and inside), ed. Il Sole 24 Ore, with a preface by Piero Ostellino.

He has been Chairman of Pevero Golf Club since 2004.

Urbano Faina

Urbano Faina was born in Rome, Italy, on 20 November 1945.

In 1969, he graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano and from 1971 to 1974, he was a designer in the Technical Office of Innocenti Meccanica. For the following six years, 1974-1980, he joined Techint S.p.A., working mainly abroad on the construction of installations in Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico. From 1981-1982, he was Technical Director of Petroltubi S.p.A., owned by Techint, and based at Castel San Giovanni (near Piacenza). 

In 1983, Mr Faina set up IBF, his own company for the production of connectors, and created the factory at S. Nicolò (Piacenza). In 1993, IBF decided to build a factory for the production of weldless pipes for the transport of high pressure, high temperature fluids. The pipe factory built at Vittuone started manufacturing in 1995 and rapidly reached full production capacity. IBF products, both pipes and connectors, are mainly used in petrochemical installations, oil platforms and the construction of conventional and nuclear electricity power stations.

In 2016, 100% of IBF was sold to the Spanish company TUBACEX.

In 2018, he acquired CBC, operating in the marine transport of dry bulk, holding 50% with his cousins Stefano and Mario Menada. He currently holds the position of Executive Chairman of the company.

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