|Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition|
|Assumed office |
13 February 2021
|Prime Minister||Mario Draghi|
|Preceded by||Paola Pisano|
|CEO of Vodafone|
July 2008 – October 2018
|Preceded by||Arun Sarin|
|Succeeded by||Nick Read|
|Born||3 October 1961|
Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
|Known for||Omnitel Pronto Italia COO|
RCS MediaGroup CEO
Vittorio Amedeo Colao (born 3 October 1961) is an Italian manager who has been serving as Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition in the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi since 2021. From 2008 until 2018, he was the chief executive officer at Vodafone Group.
Career in the private sector
Colao started his career at investment bank Morgan Stanley in London. He joined the Milan office of McKinsey & Co in 1986, where as a Partner he worked on media, telecommunications and industrial goods sectors and was responsible for office recruitment.
In 1996 Colao joined Omnitel Pronto Italia, rising to chief operating officer before its take over to become Vodafone Italy. He became regional CEO, Southern Europe in 2001 and joined the main board in 2002. After missing out on the CEO's job, taken by his friend Arun Sarin, and having a purchase of a Bulgarian mobile company blocked, he left Vodafone for Italian publishing company RCS MediaGroup, where he became CEO in July 2004.
After shareholder criticism of the publishing group's strategy and governance, he resigned from RCS MediaGroup following the company's board meeting in September, rejoining Vodafone in October 2006 as CEO Europe and succeeding Sir Julian Horn-Smith as deputy CEO.
Commenting to the Italian press in 2007 that he had no interest in taking the CEO's job at Telecom Italia, Colao succeeded Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin on 29 July 2008. During his time in office, Vodafone sold out of the United States with a $130 billion exit from a joint venture with Verizon.
- General Atlantic, Senior Advisor (since 2019)
- Verizon, Member of the Board of Directors (since 2019)
- Unilever, Non-Executive Member of the Board of Directors (since 2015)
- Bocconi University, Member of the International Advisory Council
- European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), Member
- Crispian Balmer (February 13, 2021), Italy's Draghi takes office, faces daunting challenges Reuters.
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- Paul Sandle, Kate Holton (May 15, 2018), End of an era as Vodafone boss Colao hands over to protege Read Reuters.
- "Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao to step down". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
- Zampano, Giada (2020-04-11). "Italy gov't extends coronavirus lockdown until May 3". Anadalu Agency. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
- Vittorio Colao General Atlantic.
- Board of Directors: Vittorio Colao Verizon.
- "Vittorio Colao". Unilever global company website. Retrieved 2017-03-23.[additional citation(s) needed]
- International Advisory Council Bocconi University.
- PM meets European Round Table of Industrialists Government of the United Kingdom, press release of 1 November 2018.
- The MT Interview: Vittorio Colao of Vodafone, managementtoday.co.uk
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