Fabrizio Saccomanni

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Fabrizio Saccomanni
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Minister of Economy and Finance
In office
28 April 2013 – 22 February 2014
Prime MinisterEnrico Letta
Preceded byVittorio Grilli
Succeeded byPier Carlo Padoan
Director General of the Bank of Italy
In office
2 October 2006 – 28 April 2013
Preceded byVincenzo Desario
Succeeded bySalvatore Rossi
Personal details
Born(1942-11-22)22 November 1942
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died8 August 2019(2019-08-08) (aged 76)
San Teodoro, Italy
Political partyIndependent
Alma materBocconi University
Princeton University

Fabrizio Saccomanni (22 November 1942 – 8 August 2019) was an Italian economist, civil servant and the former deputy governor of the Bank of Italy. He served as Italy's minister of economy and finances between April 2013 and February 2014. From 13 April 2018 until his death, Saccomanni was the chairman of UniCredit.

Early life and education[edit]

Saccomanni was born in Rome on 22 November 1942.[1][2] He held a master's degree in economics and business, which he received from the Bocconi University in 1966.[3] He also took postgraduate courses in monetary and international economics at Princeton University.[1]


Saccomanni worked at the Bank of Italy most of his career.[4] His tenure at the bank was only interrupted when he worked at the International Monetary Fund (1970–1975) and at the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development where he served as vice president from 2003 to 2006.[5] He also served as the chairman of the foreign exchange policy committee of the European Monetary Institute from 1991 to 1997 in addition to his post at the Bank of Italy.[6]

He was the director general of the Bank of Italy where he started his career in June 1967.[3][7] He was appointed director general on 2 October 2006 and reappointed in 2012.[1] He was also a board member of the Bank for International Settlements and an alternate to the governor of the Bank of Italy in the Governing Council of the European Central Bank.[3]

Saccomanni was a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, an international think-tank which conducts research on European foreign and security policies.[8]

Minister of Economy and Finances[edit]

On 27 April 2013, prime minister-designate Enrico Letta announced that Saccomanni would serve as minister of economy and finances in his cabinet.[9] His term began on 28 April and he replaced Vittorio Grilli in the post.[10] Saccomanni was one of the technocrats in the Letta cabinet.[11] Saccomanni was replaced by Pier Carlo Padoan as minister of economy and finances on 22 February 2014 when the government led by Matteo Renzi was formed.[12][13] In October 2014, Saccomanni was appointed senior advisor to the OMFIF.[14]

Work and later life[edit]

Saccomanni published a book in 2008 about experiencing financial crisis, Managing international financial stability: National tamers versus global tigers.[6]

In 2011, he was named by his alma mater, Bocconi University, as the alumnus of the year for his "professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, responsibility and open-mindedness."[3]

Saccomanni died in San Teodoro, Sardinia, on 8 August 2019 at age 76.[15]

Upon his passing, UniCredit Chief Executive Jean Pierre Mustier stated, "I have lost a friend of great intelligence and humanity, highly competent with a fine sense of culture and wit".[16] As a result of his passing, deputy chairman Cesare Bisoni assumed Saccomanni’s role at UniCredit.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Fabrizio Saccomanni". Bank of Italy. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. ^ "The new Italian government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta". Cosmopolis. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Alumnus of the Year: Fabrizio Saccomanni". Bocconi Alumni Association. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Factbox: Key ministers in Enrico Letta's new Italian government". Reuters. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ Biondi, Paolo (21 September 2011). "Saccomanni seen replacing Draghi as Bank of Italy chief". Reuters. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Bank of Italy's Saccomanni on Financial Stability". Peterson Institute for International Economics. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  7. ^ James Mackenzie; Gavin Jones. "Italy's Letta names new government". Reuters. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  8. ^ "ECFR Council Members". The European Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees new government". BBC. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  10. ^ Dinmore, Guy (28 April 2013). "Mayhem greets Italy's grand coalition". Financial Times. Rome. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  11. ^ Dionisi, Brenda (9 May 2013). "It's a governissimo!". The Florentine (183). Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Minister". Ministry of Economy and Finance. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  13. ^ Andrew Frye; Chiara Vasarri (22 February 2014). "Renzi Sworn in as Italian Premeir [sic] After Toppling Letta". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  14. ^ "OMFIF appoints Fabrizio Saccomanni Senior Adviser". All about Shipping. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Fabrizio Saccomanni, economista ed ex ministro delle Finanze, muore a 76 anni". La Repubblica. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Chairman of Italy's UniCredit Fabrizio Saccomanni dies suddenly at 76". Reuters. 8 August 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vittorio Grilli
Minister of Economy and Finances
Succeeded by
Pier Carlo Padoan