She was born in Milan on 24 July 1968.
In almost 30 years of her career in Italy and abroad, she has gained significant management experience thanks to steadily increasing responsibilities, achieved by securing competitive advantages, market share, profits, sales growth and cost optimisation for the businesses in which she has worked. She is skilled in managing mixed teams and complex business models, adapting them rigorously to local regulatory environments. Whilst studying Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Pavia with an Italtel scholarship, where she began work in 1991, she developed long-distance transmission networks, moving between the AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and Milan. In 1994, she moved to EMC Italy. After an initial experience at the production facilities in Cork (Ireland), she initially managed and developed the Public Administration sales area, and then the Telecom area. In 1998, she was hired by Digital/Compaq/HP based in Munich (Germany), where she took on various responsibilities at EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) level, including that of EMEA Global Services Executive Director. In an entrepreneurial capacity, she started up and developed MetiLinx, a software company operating in Europe, opening branches in London, Milan and Munich in 2002. In 2004, Pirelli Broadband Solutions appointed her as Senior Vice President for global sales. She then joined Nokia Siemens Networks in 2007 as Global Head of Strategic Marketing. From 2010 to 2013, she was Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks Italia S.p.A. and of Nokia Siemens Networks S.p.A., as well as Head of European Strategy and Business Development. She has served as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Mobile Supplier Association (GSA), as a member of the Governing Council of Valore D. She has also chaired the Research and Innovation Group of the Foreign Investors' Committee in Confindustria (the General Confederation of Italian Industry). She has earned an Executive Master’s degree in Strategic Marketing and Sales Techniques from Babson College, MA, USA, financed by EMC, and an Executive Master’s degree in Marketing Management from SDA Bocconi, financed by Compaq. In addition to a high school diploma in classical studies from Liceo Parini in Milan, she has a High School Graduation diploma from Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, DE, USA.
From June 2012 until June 2014, she was a member of the Management Committee of A2A S.p.A. and was also on their Board of Directors until May 2017 and, from July 2013 to April 2015, she held the office of independent Director at Sace S.p.A. and chaired the Remuneration Committee. From 2015 to 16 April 2018 she was a member of the Board of Directors of Italiaonline S.p.A. and of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and from 2015 to 2020 she has been an independent member of the board of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena S.p.A.
She is currently a Director at Saipem S.p.A., where she is also a member of the Governance Scenarios and Sustainability Committee, and a Director of the Supervisory Council at Luminor Bank SA. She is also an Independent Director at Telecom Italia S.p.A. where she is a member of the Related Parties Committee. She is a member of Fortune Most Powerful Women and WCD and of the Climate Change Chapter of the World Economic Forum.
She has been a member of Prysmian Board of Directors since April 2012. She was elected to her current position by the Shareholders' Meeting on 12 April 2018 from the slate submitted by the Board of Directors, which obtained the majority of votes.
The Board of Directors has verified that Ms. Cappello meets both the eligibility requirements as per TUF article 148, paragraph 3 and the Code’s 3.C.1. and 3.C.2. applicability criteria and is qualified to serve as an independent director of the Company.