CEO, Leonardo, Italy
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since May 2017. He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security), President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Co-Chairman of the Italy-Japan Business Group. Born in Genoa (Italy), he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University. In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1989 he joined Bain, Cuneo & Associati. In 1991, he was appointed General Manager in RAS - Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, responsible for the banking and parabanking sectors. 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 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. From 2012 to 2015, he was Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank, and from 2015 to 2017 Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM. Profumo was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro in 2004 and decorated Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 2005.