Organisational Structure

Organisational Structure

Strategic appointments for success

Headed by Valerio Battista, Prysmian Group is characterised by a dedication to open and transparent business practice, enshrined in the Code of Ethics and spearheaded by key experts who inspire market confidence.

Prysmian Group’s top management

Valerio Battista

January 8th, 1957

Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Florence University, Valerio Battista is a manager with extensive knowledge and understanding of the industrial sector thanks to more than 20 years of experience, initially with Pirelli Group and then with Prysmian Group, of which he took the lead in 2005. He held positions of increasing responsibility in Pirelli Group, particularly for the restructuring and reorganisation of Pirelli Cavi, which was one of the most profitable and competitive organisations in its industry between 2002 and 2004. In 2005, he played a key role in the creation of Prysmian Group, leading to its listing on the Stock Exchange in 2007. The Group, in which he is currently the CEO, is world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, with about 21,000 employees and 82 plants worldwide.

Fabio Ignazio Romeo

August 25th, 1955

Born on 25 August 1955 in Rho (Milan), Fabio Ignazio Romeo graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1979. In 1986 and 1989, respectively, he obtained an MS. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California in Berkeley. In 1981, he began his career at Tema (ENI Group) as chemical plant control system engineer. In 1982, he entered Honeywell as a Member of Technical Staff, to then become technical advisor to the Honeywell Group's CEO. In 1989, he joined Magneti Marelli as Innovation Manager within the Electronics division. In 1995, he was appointed Managing Director of Magneti Marelli’s rear-view mirror division, and in 1998 he became Managing Director of Magneti Marelli’s electronic systems division. In 2001, he moved to Pirelli & C. S.p.A. Group, where he held the position of Director for the Pirelli Tyre division's Truck business unit. One year later, he was appointed Utilities Director of the Pirelli Cable division. In December 2004, he became Director of the Group’s Cables and Energy Systems business unit, a position which he held until December 2013, when he was named Chief Strategy and Development Officer. He has been a member of Prysmian’s Board of Directors since February 2007. He was elected for the current term on 16 April 2015 from the list submitted by the Board of Directors, which obtained the majority of votes in the Shareholders’ Meeting.

Pier Francesco Facchini

August 4th, 1967


Pier Francesco Facchini has been Prysmian Group CFO since January 2007. He obtained a degree in Business Economics from the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan in 1991. His first work experience was with Nestlé Italia where, from 1991 to 1995, he held different positions in the Management and Finance departments. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for some companies within the Panalpina Group where he held the position of Regional Financial Controller for the Asia-South Pacific region and CFO of Panalpina Korea (Seoul) and Panalpina Italia Trasporti Internazionali S.p.A. In April 2001, 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. He has been a member of Prysmian’s Board of Directors since February 2007.

Andrea Pirondini

June 11th, 1965


Andrea Pirondini has been Chief Operating Officer of Prysmian Group since January 2014. After graduating in Economics and Business from the Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, in 1989 he started his career in Pirelli Group, in which he spent 24 years holding various positions in the UK, Italy, Turkey, Russia and Egypt, both in the Tyre and Cables & Systems business areas, 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.


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Massimo Battaini

August 1st, 1961


Mr. Battaini has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and an MBA from SDA Bocconi.  Mr. Battaini started his career in the Pirelli Group in 1987 and held various positions in R&D and Operations over an 18-year period.  After running the Business Development department between 2000 to 2002, covering the three business divisions of Tyres, Energy Cables and Telecom Cables, he was appointed as Operation Director of Energy Cables and Telecom Cables at Pirelli.  In 2005, he was appointed as CEO of Prysmian UK and, in January 2011, he was Chief Operating Officer of Prysmian, a post he held until 2014, when he became Senior Vice President Business Energy Projects and Chairman and CEO of Prysmian PowerLink S.r.l., a post held until June 2018, when he became CEO of the North America region.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors since February 2014.  He was elected to his current position at the Shareholders’ Meeting on April 12, 2018.

Philippe Vanhille

March 31th, 1964


Philippe Vanhille has been Senior Vice President Telecom Business since May 2013. After graduating in Mechanical Engineering in Lyon (France) in 1989, he began his career as a Research Engineer for Renault Formula 1 development, and then moved to the cable industry joining Alcatel Cable in 1991. Over the past 20 years, he has held a number of positions in the Operations and General Management areas within the cable industry for Alcatel and Draka, followed by roles in the Energy, Copper Telecom and Optical Fibre sectors. At the time of the Prysmian merger, he was head of Draka’s Global Optical Fibre Business Unit and he held the same position within Prysmian Group until his appointment as Senior VP Telecom Business.


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Francesco Fanciulli

December 10th, 1962


Francesco Fanciulli has been Senior Vice President of the Energy Products business area since February 2018. He holds a degree in Law awarded by the Cattolica University of Milan. In 1988, he joined Procter and Gamble, where he served in various leading positions in sales and marketing, culminating with his appointment as Head of Mass Retail for Italy. He moved to Pirelli in 1998 as Marketing Director for its Tyres division and successfully filled a variety of sales-related roles in this division, eventually becoming Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. He has been with Prysmian since 2008, contributing his vast experience in sales and marketing and occupying various positions of regional responsibility, such as CEO India, CEO Turkey and CEO Danube Area. Since 2015 — when the Central Eastern Europe region was created — he has been CEO CEE Region, responsible for integration of Germany and the Danube area and development of the region’s industrial footprint.

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Fabrizio Rutschmann

October 10th, 1962


A graduate in Business Administration from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a specialisation from SDA Bocconi University of Milan, Fabrizio Rutschmann began his career at the Electrolux Group, where he served in various Human Resources positions before becoming HR Director of one of UniCredit’s seven banks.

Joining the Pirelli Group in 1999 as Human Resources Manager of the Tire Business Unit’s Italian Division, Rutschmann became Pirelli’s Chief HR Officer in 2006.

Since June 2010, Rutschmann has been SVP Human Resources & Organisation at Prysmian Group.


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