23 July 2021
Virtual Meeting


We are pleased to present the second series of interviews conducted for the Podcast project, based on an idea of Margherita Sacerdoti, Investor Relations & Sustainability Manager - Ferretti Group and Roberto Peronaglio, Head of Investor Relations – Banco BPM, which has the aim of encouraging a debate between IRM and their counterparts on several topics. We will interview various professionals that usually interact with IRMs, both in and outside a corporation, asking them about their jobs and how to improve their interaction with an IR department.


ELENA DIMICHINOSustainability Director at Luxottica, is our first interviewee.

Elena holds an Economics Degree for Arts, Culture and Communication from Bocconi University and a Masters in Banking, Finance and Markets. Elena is currently the Head of Sustainability at the Luxottica Group, after having worked in Investor Relations (IR) for over ten years. In 2016 Elena set up the reporting and communication process of the Group's environmental, social and governance topics, combining her two passions, financial communication, and CSR, which at the time was not an independent role in the Company. Today Elena is responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring of environmental and social sustainability projects all over the world, involving various functions in the univocal and coherent declination of Luxottica's vision "Seeing the beauty of life" which is part of the business model. She also works on the content preparation of the Sustainability Report and she supports the IR function in dealing with investors that are interested in a complete picture of company performance, the economic and financial one.


STEFANIA SANTAMARIA, Head of  Maire Tecnimont Group' Planning Department, is our second interviewee.

Stefania holds a degree in Economics and Business Law from Bocconi University of Milan and she also spent a period of study at the HAAS Business School of University of Berkeley in California. Since 2013 Stefania has been working as head of the Group's Planning department in Maire Tecnimont, a multinational Group engaged in the transformation of natural resources and green chemistry. Before joining Maire Tecnimont, Stefania worked for 7 years in the Corporate Finance department of PwC (Milan and London) specializing in debt advisory, debt restructuring and special transactions. Previously she worked in the audit department at KPMG and in the Think Tank The European House Ambrosetti.


ROBERTO CATTANEO,  Chief Communication Officer of the Brembo Group, is our third interviewee. 

In his role, Roberto reports to Alberto Bombassei, founder and President of the Group, which is a world leader in the development and production of braking systems for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Roberto was born and raised in Milan, he is 47 years old, and holds a Bachelor in economics from Bocconi University in Milan and a Master of Science in Information Systems. He is a freelance journalist since 1999; in 1997 Roberto began to collaborate with some magazines in the consumer technology sector, before moving in 2002 to NRG Italia (part of the Ricoh Group) within the Consulting Division. In 2006 he joined IBM Italy in the Communication Department, after an initial period in the commercial office. In 2009 he joined the Bracco Group and in 2010 he took on the role of Head of Global Communication of the Imaging Business Unit covering different positions of increasing responsibility. In January 2019 he joined the Brembo Group, starting in advertising and corporate branding activities, the Press Office, and finally reaching the current role of Chief Communication Officer.


EMANUELE CRISTINI, Chief Risk Officer at BPER Banca is our first interviewee.

Emanuele Cristini graduated in Mathematics from the Catholic University of Brescia in 1995, and started his career at Fineco in the special credits area, where he dealt with accounting and financial statements and risks, and later he took on the role of risk manager. While continuing his path in the banking world, Emanuele moved to BPU, which became UBI Banca in 2007, first in the credit area and then in the risk management area, before moving to the BPER Group. Here he first took the role of head of credit risk office from 2010, then head of the credit and operational risk service and finally, from 2020, he became the Group's Chief Risk Officer.


The fifth interview is with ALESSANDRO FOTI, CEO and General Manager at FinecoBank.

Mr. Foti graduated in Economics from Luigi Bocconi University in Milan in 1984, and he started his professional career in the Financial Management Office of IBM in 1985. After working for three years at Montedison S.p.A., where he became Financial Director of the Coordination with Affiliates Group, in 1989 he joined Fin-Eco Holding S.p.A as head of the capital markets unit. In 1993, he became head of the operational unit responsible for administration, asset management and trading. After having been appointed a member of the board of directors, General Manager and CEO, in 2002 he became Chairman of Fin-Eco Sim S.p.A. In 1999, he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Fineco. For three years, he was a member of the management committee of Assosim. From 2003 to 2005 he was member of the Board of Directors of Ducati Motors Holding S.p.A. and General Manager of FinecoGroup S.p.A. Since December 2000, he served as Fineco Chief Executive Officer. He also serves as Vice President of the Supervisory Board of DAB. He is a member of the Managing Board of Assoreti and from 2013 until 2019 (when Fineco left UniCredit Group) he has also been a member of UniCredit Group’s Executive Committee. From July 2014 until October 2020, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Borsa Italiana S.p.A. Since 9th November 2018 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Bocconi University of Milan


You can listen to all the interviews from the first series at this link.

In collaboration with Ms Margherita Sacerdoti, Investor Relations & Sustainability Manager - Ferretti Group and Roberto Peronaglio, Head of Investor Relations – Banco BPM