He was born in Tripoli (Libya) in 1957 and has been Chief Upstream Officer since 1 July 2014. He has been a board member of Eni Foundation since July 2014.
He joined the Eni Group in 1983 beginning his career as an oil engineer at Agip in Libya, where he was involved in upstream onshore and offshore operations. From 1988 to 1991, he was project manager for Enichem’s petrochemical plants and refineries in Italy. In 1991 he was appointed project manager for the development of Libyan oil fields and in 1993 he moved to Egypt, initially as operations manager and subsequently as general manager and managing director of Petrobel, where he was responsible for all of Eni’s upstream operations in Egypt.
In 1999 he was appointed district general manager of Nigerian Agip Oil Co (NAOC), and in 2000 became vice chairman and managing director of the Eni companies in Nigeria NAOC, NAE (Nigerian Agip Exploration) and AENR (Agip Energy). In 2002 he became regional vice president for Australasia, Russia, Azerbaijan and in 2005 a member of the board of directors and managing director of Eni Algeria. From 2006 to 2009 he was regional senior vice president for North Africa and the Middle East (Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia) for Eni’s Exploration & Production Division. Since 2009, Executive Vice President Operations of the Exploration and Production Division. In December 2012 appointed Executive Vice President for Central Asia, the Far East and the Pacific area.
He graduated in engineering from Turin Polytechnic in 1982.