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Top Management

Top Management



Chief Executive Officer
Graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Florence University, Valerio Battista is a manager with extensive knowledge and understanding of the industrial sector after more than 20 years of experience, initially with the Pirelli Group and then with the Prysmian Group, of which he took the lead in 2005. He held positions of increasing responsibility in the Pirelli Group, particularly for the restructuring and reorganisation of Pirelli Cavi, which in the period 2002-2004 was taken to being one of the most profitable and competitive in its industry. In 2005 he played a key role in the creation of the Prysmian Group, leading to its flotation in 2007. The Group of which he is currently Chief Executive Officer is world leader in the energy and telecom cables industry, with approximately 19,000 employees and 91 plants around the world.

Chief Strategy Officer
Fabio Romeo has been Chief Strategy Officer since January 2014. After graduating in Electronic Engineering at Milan's Polytechnic University in 1979, he then obtained an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California in Berkeley. He began his career at Tema (ENI Group) as Product Manager for its chemical plants and in 1982 he moved to Honeywell as a technical advisor to the Group's CEO. In 1989 he joined Magneti Marelli as Innovation Manager of the Electronics division, later becoming Director of the Electronics Systems division. In 2001 he moved to Pirelli Group, where he held the position of Director in charge of the Pirelli Tyre division's Truck business unit, and Director in charge of the Pirelli Cable division's Utilities business. Director of Prysmian’s Energy Cables division since 2005, in 2011 he becomes Executive Vice President Energy Businessof Prysmian Group.

Chief Financial Officer
Pier Francesco Facchini became CFO of our Group in January 2007. He obtained a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University (Milan) in 1991. His first work experience was with Nestlé Italia where, from 1991 up to 1995, he held different positions in the Management and Finance departments. From 1995 up to 2001, he worked with the Panalpina Group where he held the position of Regional Financial Controller for the Asia-Pacific region. During his career at the Panalpina Group he was also appointed CFO of Panalpina Korea and Panalpina Italia Trasporti Internazionali S.p.A. In April 2001, Mr. Facchini was appointed CFO of the Consumer Services Business Unit of Fiat Auto and from 2003 until November 2006, he held the position of CFO of the Benetton Group.

Chief Operating Officer
Andrea Pirondini has been Chief Operating Officer of Prysmian Group since January 2014. He has a degree in Business Administration from Università Commerciale L.Bocconi, Milan. He started his career in Pirelli Group in 1989 holding various positions in the UK, Italy, Turkey, Russia and Egypt over a 24-year period, both in Tyre and Cables&Systems Sectors, where he took part in the restructuring of the industrial system for Energy Cables. In 2012 he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Pirelli Tyre S.p.A, a role he held until December 2013.

Senior Vice President Energy Projects
Massimo Battaini has been Executive Vice President Energy Projects of Prysmian Group since January 2014. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan). He started his career in Pirelli Group in 1987 and held various positions in R&D and Operations over an 18-year period. After running the Business Development department for two years, covering the three Business Divisions of Tyres, Energy Cables and Telecom Cables, in 2002 he become Operations Director of Energy Cables and Telecom Cables for Pirelli Group. In 2005 he was appointed CEO of Prysmian UK and in 2011 Chief Operating Officer of Prysmian Group.

Senior Vice President Energy Products
Hans Nieman became Executive Vice President for Energy Business Products in January 2014. After graduating cum laude in Literature at the University of Amsterdam he was educated as a diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs during several national and international assignments. He switched to the private sector in 1992 and joined the cable industry almost 20 years ago where he held several positions for NKF, Pirelli and Prysmian. In 2002 he took responsibility for the Group´s Submarine and High Voltage activities. In 2010 he became CEO of the German activities of Prysmian, a position he held until 2014. 

Senior Vice President Telecom Business
Philippe Vanhille has been Executive Vice President Telecom Business since May 2013. After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer in Lyon (France) in 1989, he began his career as a Research Engineer for Renault Formula 1 development. He moved to the cable industry in 1991 with Alcatel Cable. Over the past 20 years he has held a number of senior operations and general management positions within the cable industry for Alcatel and Draka, successively in the Energy, Copper Telecom and Optical Fibre sectors. He was head of Draka's global Optical Fibre Business Unit at the time of the Prysmian merger, holding the same position within Prysmian Group until his appointment as Executive VP Telecom Business.

Senior Vice President Oil & Gas

Cristiano Tortelli became Senior Vice President for Oil & Gas in January 2016. He holds a degree in Electronics and a Master degree in Business Administration. Mr. Tortelli has a long experience in the Oil & Gas industry with several international assignments in the Middle East, Africa and Russia. During his career he covered several key roles in GE Oil & Gas, where he served for more 15 years, holding various positions including Subsea Chief Commercial Officer, Russia & East Europe CEO, Turbomachinery Global Sales General Manager and West Africa and Middle East Operations General Manager. He then joined the Air Liquide Group in Germany, leading the Engineering & Solution organization as VP & Chairman.