Position: Chief executive officer (CEO), Eni
Biography: Paolo Scaroni has been CEO of Italy’s Eni since June 2005. He was previously CEO of Italy’s Enel from 2002-05, UK glass company Pilkington from 1996-2002 and Italy’s Techint from 1985-96. Scaroni graduated with a degree in economics in 1969 and has a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University in the US.
He started his career at US-based consultancy McKinsey. Eni is the largest foreign oil company in Libya, responsible for 14 per cent of its oil and gas output. It is a joint-venture partner with NOC in Agip Gas, which built the Greenstream pipeline to Italy. Eni also partners with NOC in Mellitah oil and gas, a gas production and processing company formed in 2008.
Scaroni was quick to build a relationship with Libya’s government, and met the rebel leadership in Benghazi as early as April 2011. Eni has promised to invest $8bn in Libya in the coming decade.
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