Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Alessandro Decio is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of SACE. He started his career at IMI Capital Markets in London, where he then worked for over five years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, after an MBA at Insead and experience at McKinsey. Subsequently, he joined UniCredit to support the international development of the Group. He led the banks of the UniCredit Group in Croatia, Bulgaria and Turkey, before returning to Milan in 2010 taking on responsibility as Global Head of Retail. In 2012 he became Group Chief Risk Officer, member of the CEO Office and of the Executive Management Committee. In March 2016 he joined ING Bank Italia, holding the position of Chief Executive Officer, and then in June 2016 he headed SACE, where – in accordance with the indications of the Cdp Group’s Business Plan 2016-2020– the “Italian export and internationalisation hub” was set up by integrating and strengthening the insurance and financial activities dedicated to supporting the exports and international growth of Italian companies.
Resources, Organisation, Systems
In SACE since 2004, currently he is responsible for the ROS area, consisting of the department for Human Resources, Organisation, Information Systems and General Services. He gained a decade of experience in an ICT consulting firm, coordinating various initiatives mainly for the Fiat Group, Imi, Citibank and Alitalia. Subsequently, he held the role of Director of Applications Development at Euler Hermes SIAC. In May 2016 he was appointed Chairman of SACE BT.
Marketing & Innovation
In SACE since 2017, he is currently responsible for the Marketing & Business Innovation Area, comprising the Divisions of Commercial Planning & Commercial Initiatives, Product Development, CRM and Education to Export. Previously he worked for 14 years in the UniCredit Group, holding positions of increasing responsibility - in Italy and abroad. These include the leadership of Network Development & Optmization activities for the Central Eastern Europe Division, the responsibility of the Private Segment in Unicredit Bank Russia and Head of Products, Marketing and Multichannel of Bank Austria.
Michele De Capitani
Planning, Administration and Finance
Since March 2017 Michele De Capitani has been Chief Financial Officer and manager responsible for drafting the accounting documents of SACE. Previously he held roles of increasing responsibility in General Electric - in Italy and abroad -, he led the planning and control activities of FinecoGroup e Capitalia, and took on various roles in UniCredit Group, where he was responsible for planning and control in Germany, CEO of UniCredit Bank Ireland and, finally, Chief Financial Officer of UniCredit Bank Russia.
Large Corporate Underwriting & Portfolio Management
In SACE since 2018, he holds the position of Chief Underwriting and Business Innovation Officer. Previously, he worked for eleven years at General Electric, where he held managerial positions in project financing, corporate strategy & business development, corporate finance and investment banking, until becoming Global Head of Government and Export Finance, managing General Electric’s dealings with export credit companies and international financial institutions. Previously, he worked at the Council of Europe Development Bank and at the European Commission. He performed much of his professional career abroad, including France, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Mid Corporate & PMI
Simonetta Acri has been in SACE since 2003, where she has held various key positions, contributing to the development of new operational areas and giving a significant boost to the commercial network. Previously she worked at Regional Head Structured Trade & Export Finance for the Corporates & Investment Bank Division of Deutsche Bank, in charge of the Italian market and South Eastern Europe, and was head of the Trade Finance unit at Morgan Grenfell. She now holds the role of Chief Sales Officer.
Letterio Merlino has been with SACE since July 2017 with the title of Chief Risk Officer. Before joining the risk office of CDP in 2016, he held various responsible positions in some leading banking groups, with particular focus on risk management. He began his career at Banco di Sicilia and later moved to SanPaolo IMI and the UniCredit Group. He also worked at Accenture as a strategic consultant in the financial and banking field.
Relations and International Network
Legal and Corporate Affairs
In SACE since 2009, Rodolfo Mancini currently holds the roles of Chief Legal Officer of SACE and Chairman of SACE Fct. Previously, for fourteen years he was part of the management team of Mediocredito Centrale (Unicredit Group) as Head of the Legal Service, Compliance and Corporate Affairs. At the start of his career he worked in Italian and foreign legal offices, gaining significant experience in structured finance and in capital markets.
Research and Studies
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of SIMEST
Alessandra Ricci currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of SIMEST. Previously in SACE she held the position of Marketing & Underwriting Director, Chief Business Officer, Corporate and Investment finance Director and head of New Markets. Before joining SACE, she worked for ten years in Mediocredito Centrale where she handled Project Financing for international projects in Europe and emerging markets.
General Manager SACE SRV
Since July 2011 Valerio Ranciaro has been General Manager of SACE SRV. He has long experience in the insurance sector and, before taking on his current role, had managerial roles in SACE in the Compensation and Recovery Service and was deputy manager of the Portfolio Management and Restructuring Division.
General Manager SACE Fct
In SACE since 2005, Paolo Alfieri currently has the role of General Manager of SACE FCT. He gained experience in General Electric, first in the management and recovery of international receivables in GE Oil & GAS, and subsequently in GE Capital Finance as operations manager of the factoring company. Previously, besides a short period as risk manager of Banque PSA Finance, he collaborated as a consultant with the Capitalia Group in the group’s credit management and recovery company.
General Manager SACE BT
In SACE since 1 April 2017 as Director General of SACE BT, Valerio Perinelli has twenty years’ experience in Euler Hermes, both in Italy and abroad. In the last two years he was Chief Executive Officer of Euler Hermes UK & Ireland, after being based in France for eight years as the head of the Commercial and Marketing division at global level of the World Agency, the Euler Hermes unit for multinational affairs and part of the Executive Committee of the company.