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Stefano Barrese

Chief of Retail & SME Banking Division, Intesa Sanpaolo

Stefano graduated in Economics in 1993 from LUISS University in Rome and became a chartered accountant. He is a member of the Italian Institute of Chartered Accountants & Official Auditors in Rome. In 1995 he began his professional career at Arthur Andersen as an auditor in the Banking & Finance Division. In 1996 he joined Erg Petroli where he worked for and with the General Marketing Director covering various aspects of the business. In 1998 he joined Banco Ambrosiano Veneto, in the Planning Department of Banca Intesa’s Banking Research Department. During this period, he consistently held positions of responsibility in the Finance and Control Departments.

After the merger between Banca Intesa and San Paolo IMI, from February 2007 to June 2008, he covered the role of Head of the Capital Management Office in the Planning, Capital Management and Control Synergies Department of Banca Intesa. From July 2008 until 2013 he held the role of Head of the Planning Service in the Central Planning and Control Department of Intesa Sanpaolo. In 2013, he moved to Banca dei Territori ( Retail Banking Division) at first in the capacity of the Head of Planning, Management Control & Marketing, later becoming the Head of the Sales and Marketing Departments.

In January 2016 he took up his current role as the Head of Retail and SME Banking Division. During the last 8 years he has overseen and managed two large mergers: the Venetian Banks and UBI Banca. Most recently, he has designed, led, and implemented the technological transformation of the Division and its activities with the recent launch of IsyBank: Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s fully digital bank.

He is currently an Advisor and member of the Executive Committees of: ABI (The Italian Banking Association),Bancomat, the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, Centai Institute Spa, Foundation for Advanced Biomedical Research – VIMM, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano.

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