Executive Team


Chairman
Stefano Siragusa
CEO
Riccardo Delleani
Administration, Finance & Control
Claudio Zezza
Human Resources
Patrizia Nobile
Institutional & External Communication
ad interim Riccardo Delleani
Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Carlo De Gennaro
Compliance
Mario Pirro
Business Development
Riccardo Pieralice
ICT Engineering
ad interim Riccardo Delleani
Security
Marco Tiseo
Line of Business IP & Data
Giuseppe Valentino 
Line of Business Voice & Mobile
Stefano Olivieri
Region West Europe
Maria Teresa Ferrigno
Region East Europe & Mediterranean
Zvika Caspy 
Region Asia, Africa & Middle East
Leonardo Cerciello
Region Americas
Laurie Bowen
Network Operations & Provisioning
Massimo Massaro
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Chairman
Stefano Siragusa
CEO
Riccardo Delleani

Riccardo Delleani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Sparkle Group in April 2018.
Prior to that he was CEO at Olivetti since February 2015. During this time he completed a full turn-around of company bringing it back to profitability. 

Riccardo joined Telecom Italia in 1988 and he has been holding several managerial positions including the responsibility of the National Wholesale Department and later of Open Access, providing network access services and technology to all Italian licensed alternative operators as well as to TIM.   
Riccardo had already served as CEO and later as Chairman of Sparkle Group in 2012 and 2013 respectively. 

He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza".

Administration, Finance & Control
Claudio Zezza

Claudio Zezza has been appointed Vice President Administration, Finance and Control in November 2014.

Previously he was Chief Financial Officer of TIM Brasil, which he joins in 2008 after acquiring an extensive international experience as Corporate Controller of Telecom Italia Mobile international Subsidiaries.

Claudio joins Telecom Italia Group in 1990 and his first years he manages several activities, among others Strategic and Planning & Control, International Business and Financial Plans, Consolidation and Reporting, Investor Relations, Merger and Acquisition. Claudio holds a degree in Business Administration from the University “ La Sapienza” in Rome.

Human Resources
Patrizia Nobile
Institutional & External Communication
ad interim Riccardo Delleani
Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Carlo De Gennaro

Carlo De Gennaro has been appointed Vice President Legal & Regulatory Affairs of Telecom Italia Sparkle in March 2011.

Carlo joined Telecom Italia in 2002 with responsibilities for the coordination of the Group activities on corporate governance issues. He was Secretary of Telecom Italia’s Board of Statutory Auditors and Organismo di Vigilanza and supported the General Counsel on Board of Directors, Internal Control Committee and Remuneration Committee related matters.

Before 2002 Carlo, admitted to the Italian Bar, worked at law firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners Rome office and in Assonime, the association of major Italian corporations operating in the financial, industrial and services fields. He held various teaching positions at Luiss University of Rome and wrote for prominent law publications.

Carlo has graduated in Law from LUISS University in Rome

Compliance
Mario Pirro

Mario Pirro has been appointed Vice President Compliance in December 2017 and he also has the responsibility of the “Americas Transformation Project” from March 2017.

Previously he was VP Technology from December 2012, and VP Network Development and Operation from August 2010. 

When leading this role he was in charge of Planning, Engineering and Development of Sparkle Group Network and IT infrastructures as well as of Provisioning, Assurance and Customer Care for Sparkle Wholesale and Corporate Multinational Customers.

He also acted as member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies of the Sparkle Group.
Prior to that Mario was Director Services & Network Engineering within Sparkle Network Dept as of March 2003, leading the design and development of Sparkle Voice & IP backbones and OSS platforms. In the past he held various positions in Telecom Italia International and he spent several periods of time abroad contributing to international TLC services standardization and testing. 

Mario holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and an Executive Development Programme certification from INSEAD.

Business Development
Riccardo Pieralice

Riccardo Pieralice was appointed Vice President Business Development in February 2017. 
Previously he was Vice President Business Development and Positioning starting from October 2015 and, prior to that, he was in charge of Strategy and Business Development as of August 2010. 

He has been working in Sparkle since 2004 supporting the development and rationalization projects for Sparkle’s Group Subsidiaries.

He joined Telecom Italia Group in 1992. From 1992 to 1995 he was senior analyst in Strategy Department at corporate level and then moved to International Operations from 1995 to 2004 where he held different roles and responsibilities within Planning & Control Dpt., acting as a controller and participating to several M&A projects in that period.

Before joining the Telecommunication Group he worked for Eli Lilly, a US pharmaceutical company,  as a manufacturing plant engineer & planner and as treasury analyst. He began his career in 1998 as a radar system engineer in Elettronica S.p.A.

He holds an MBA from the Bocconi University in Milan and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome.
 

ICT Engineering
ad interim Riccardo Delleani
Security
Marco Tiseo
Line of Business IP & Data
Giuseppe Valentino 

Giuseppe Valentino was appointed Vice President Line of Business IP & Data in February 2017. He joined the company in 2003 and he has held senior positions within Sales, Product Management and Innovation departments.

From 1996 to 2002 he worked for GTS/Ebone, a pioneer in IP and cross-border fiber backbones development in Europe, with business development as well as sales responsibilities.

He started his career in 1991 at ICT manufacturer Italtel as Project Engineer and worked at Bell Labs in Denver, Colorado, between 1994 and 1995 as coordinator of a joint development program between Italtel and AT&T, now Alcatel-Lucent.
 

Line of Business Voice & Mobile
Stefano Olivieri

Stefano Olivieri was appointed Vice President Line of Business Voice & Mobile in October 2015.

Previously he was in charge of Marketing Voice Operation as of January 2006.

Stefano started his career in the telecommunication industry in 1990 at Italcable as Carrier Relation Manager for the Far East and has developed a strong expertise in international wholesale voice and mobile data services. In 1993 he moved to Hong Kong where he was responsible for market entry strategies in the Far East and the development of the international services offer in the region. In 1996 he moved back to HQ where he took the responsibility of market analysis, identification of new market segments and targets, and LCR offer development.

In 2000 he was appointed Director of International Wholesale Marketing Voice. In this position he was in charge of the company’s strategic marketing for wholesale Voice and International Roaming. 

Stefano Holds a Degree in Business & Administration from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Region West Europe
Maria Teresa Ferrigno
Region East Europe & Mediterranean
Zvika Caspy 

Zvika Caspy has been appointed Vice President for East Europe & Mediterranean  in February 2017. 

He joined Telecom Italia Group in 1997 as Director of Sales and Marketing of MED-1 Submarine Cables. At the time one of the pioneering private submarine cable project worldwide which he supported from its very inception, he developed a specific expertise in the commercial dynamics of the submarine cable industry.

Prior to this appointment, he held various responsibilities within Sparkle group from 2010 onwards focusing on the European and Mediterranean regions. 

Prior to joining the Telecom Italia Group he held several commercials positions in the telecommunication and financial sectors.

He holds an MBA from Boston University.

Region Asia, Africa & Middle East
Leonardo Cerciello

Leonardo Cerciello has been appointed Vice President Sales for Asia, Africa & Middle East in February 2017. 
After a long experience in Sales, he was Vice President Marketing since December 2012 and prior to this role he had managed the Voice Services Business Line.

Leonardo began his career in Telecom Italia in 1994 and he has gained a wide international experience and expertise in the TLC industry being responsible also for various senior positions within Sales Department in Europe, Africa and Middle East.
In such role he has implemented a selective customer approach, leveraged existing investment and boosted Telecom Italia Sparkle market position expanding company’s customer base for Voice and Data Services.

From 1996 to 2000 he served as Country Manager in London and in Frankfurt.

Leonardo Cerciello holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
 

Region Americas
Laurie Bowen

Laurie Bowen was appointed as CEO, Telecom Italia Sparkle Americas, in April of 2016.  She is responsible for Sparkle’s voice and data business in North, Central and South America.  

Laurie joined Sparkle having spent over 30 years in the IT and Telecommunications Industries. Recent roles included President, Global Enterprise at Tata Communications and CEO, Business Solutions, at Cable and Wireless Communications.  This follows a career at IBM of over 20 years.  

Her strengths and experience lie in driving growth strategies, new ventures and innovation with specific focus on strong customer relationships. 

Laurie also serves as Non-Executive Director of Ricardo, plc – a leading global engineering, strategic, technical and environmental consultancy business headquartered in the UK. 

Laurie holds two engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  She is based in Miami, Florida.  
 

Network Operations & Provisioning
Massimo Massaro

Massimo Massaro has been appointed Vice President Network Operations & Provisioning in August 2016. 

He started at Italcable in 1990 with the responsibility of the International Operation & Maintenance Center in Palermo. 
He coordinated several TI Group’s investment projects in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Cuba, Serbia, USA, France, Tunisia, Oman, developing a strong expertise in International Wholesale and Retail Services.
In 1997 Massimo was in South America to build the first Pan-American telecommunication companies of TI Group: Etecsa Cuba and Bolivia, Telecom Argentina and Entel Chile. 
From 2007 to 2016 Massimo has held different roles and responsibilities in Customer Assurance and Delivery and in Network & Service Operations Center within Telecom Italia Sparkle and TI Group.

Massimo holds a degree in Electronic Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Palermo.