28 November 1946
|Alma mater||Bocconi University
Columbia Business School
|Known for||CEO of Enel and CEO of Eni SpA|
In 1969, Scaroni joined Chevron Corporation for three years. After obtaining MBA, Scaroni was an associate at McKinsey & Company. In 1973, he joined Saint-Gobain, where he held different positions, culminating with his appointment as president of flat glass division. In 1985, he was appointed CEO of Techint. In 1996, he moved to the United Kingdom to become Chief Executive Officer of Pilkington.
From May 2002 to May 2005, he served as CEO of Enel, Italy's leading electricity company. At Enel, Scaroni made a real breakthrough by abandoning the traditional multi-utility corporate model, supported by his predecessor Franco Tatò, in favour of placing greater focus on the core energy business. Under his mandate, Enel created a separate wind energy unit and discontinued the roll out of the Enel Sì branded franchise. In 2005, he was chairman of Alliance Unichem before taking over the position of CEO of Eni in 2006.
From 1997 to 1999, Scaroni was President of the Vicenza football team. He is a member of the board of overseers of the Columbia Business School. In addition to this, he is in the board of overseers of Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.
CEO Paolo Scaroni has never taken political positions supporting one particular party or coalition. He often emphasizes that Italy, unlike other countries in Europe, is a land of oil and gas, resources which are not valued enough, in his opinion, because of myopic political views and populist environmentalism.
In November 2008, with reference to the Kyoto Protocol and the climate change package Paolo Scaroni claims: "We think that in the short term, with existing technologies and expertise, renewable sources, namely solar and wind, will represent only a small fraction of energy supply. For this reason, at Eni we invest in research, in particular in solar, and we are sure that only a revolutionary technological invention will create renewable resources that can significantly contribute to our energy needs.
In 1992, he pleaded guilty to bribery (kickback) charges and arrested in connection with an electrical power station project in Brindisi (southern Italy). He was arrested again (for one day) in 1993. This was part of the massive "Tangentopoli" scandal that brought down Italy's post-war political parties. In 1996, Scaroni was sentenced to one year and four months in prison, but served no time since the sentence was below the limit for going to prison.
- "Paolo Scaroni, Chief Executive Officer". Eni. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "CV of Paolo Scaroni" (PDF). Eni. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni website)
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni Foundation's website)
- Blog about Paolo Scaroni
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Generali website)
- Paolo Scaroni on Forbes
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation's website)
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni 30percento's website)
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (eventi Eni's website)
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni Scuola's website)
- Biography of Paolo Scaroni (Eni award's website)
- Human rights watch