Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Equita Group S.p.A. is composed of 7 (seven) members appointed by the ordinary Shareholders' Meeting of the Company on May 7, 2020, and will remain in office until the date of the Shareholders' Meeting called to approve the financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2022.

Board of Directors

Sara Biglieri

Non-Executive Chairman

Born in Pavia on 11 September 1967, Sara graduated with honours in Law from the University of Pavia. Subsequently, she began to collaborate with Italian and foreign law firms, developing a consolidated experience in the field of commercial and corporate law. She currently works as a partner at the Dentons law firm.

Throughout her career, she has served as chairperson or member of supervisory bodies at Falck S.p.A., Johnson & Johnson S.p.A. and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. She has also published several articles in Italian and international trade magazines.

Andrea Vismara

Chief Executive Officer Equita Group and Equita SIM

Born in Milan on 29 June 1965, Andrea graduated magna cum laude in Business Administration from the Bocconi University in Milan and has attended postgraduate courses at New York University. He began his career in London, at Goldman Sachs International, where from July 1990 to May 1995 he gained experience within the Corporate Finance team, then in the debt capital markets department with responsibility for bond issues on behalf of Italian clients.

Between July 1995 and January 2006 he divided his time between the Milan and London offices of Barclays, de Zoete Wedd (later acquired by Credit Suisse) and Credit Suisse, first as a member of the M&A team, then as Head of Equity Capital Markets for the Italian and Southern European markets. Subsequently, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2002-2003 and that of legal representative of CSFB’s Italian Branch in 2004 to then oversee the management of customer relations on the entire range of investment banking products and execution of the orders received.

Between April 2006 and December 2007, he worked as a freelance consultant for large industrial groups. In 2008 he joined Equita as head of the Investment Banking and currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Equita Group and Equita SIM. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Equita SIM since 2009 and of the advisory board of Borsa Italiana.

Francesco Perilli

Executive Director

Born in Milan on 14 December 1960, after two years of experience as a mercantile marine deck officer at Costa Armatori, Francesco graduated with honours in Business Economics from the Bocconi University in Milan and completed his academic training by attending a specialisation course at the New York University.

After joining Euromobiliare S.p.A. (later to become Equita SIM) in February 1985, he led the company’s transformation into a securities brokerage firm.

Since 1989 he is in charge of the Equity Markets department. Since 1992, following the expansion of Equita SIM's activities, he has also been involved in Equity Capital Market (ECM) and Advisory activities. From 1992 to 2017 he was Managing Director (and since 1994 also Chief Executive Officer) of Equita SIM.

He was a member, from April 1996 to December 1997, of the steering committee of Borsa Italiana S.p.A. and, since April 2017, of its Board of Directors.
He has been a member of the ASSOSIM executive committee from 1994 till 2017.

Paolo Colonna

Independent Director

Paolo Colonna has over 30 years’ experience in Private Equity.

At first investing and managing independently, then from 1988 as co-founder of Permira Funds in Italy, where he was also President and CEO. He has been involved in more than 60 deals, including Marazzi Group, Ferretti Group, Valentino, Grandi Navi Veloci, Azelis and TFL.

Paolo Colonna is particularly focused on the creation of industrial and synergic groups.

In January 2015 he founded Creazione di Valore Srl, the investment company focused on private equity operations he currently manages.

He also spent 5 years with McKinsey & Co. in the Milan and Chicago offices, as strategic consultant. Co-founder of three non-profit initiatives, he is a member of the Central Charity Commission of Fondazione Cariplo. Paolo Colonna has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Silvia Demartini

Independent Director

Born in Turin on 7 June 1964, Mrs Demartini got a master degree in International Trade at Centro Estero delle Camere di Commercio Piemontesi (now "Centro Estero per l’Internazionalizzazione").

Mrs Demartini started her career in 1990 at Fenera Holding, a newly established holding company based in Turin and investing in companies located in Italy and abroad. In 2001 Mrs Demartini was appointed CFO with responsibilities for the finance and the investment departments (covering also corporate and legal affairs, tax, accounting and monitoring activities of investments in portfolio) and in 2020 was appointed General Manager.

Mrs Demartini is board member of Fenera Holding and holds roles in several invested companies.

During her career, Mrs Demartini has developed standing competences in the financial sector, with respect to both public and private markets.

Qualified as Independent Director according to criteria established by the Self-Regulatory Code of Borsa Italiana.

Michela Zeme

Independent Director

Born in Mede (PV) on 2 January 1969, Michela graduated in Business Economics from the Bocconi University of Milan during the academic year 1993/1994 and qualified as a chartered accountant and statutory auditor in 1999.

She has gained significant professional experience in the tax and corporate field, collaborating with leading firms and providing advice to numerous companies (including listed companies) and Italian groups operating in real estate, telecommunications, and in the industrial, financial, insurance and banking fields.

She has held several institutional positions in leading Italian companies and financial institutions.

Qualified as Independent Director according to criteria established by the Self-Regulatory Code of Borsa Italiana.

Marzio Perrelli

Independent Director

Born in Rome on 16 September 1968, Marzio got his French baccalauréat at the Accademie de Grenoble and graduated in Business Economics at the Luiss University in Rome in 1992.

Currently Executive Vice President at Sky Italia, held the role of CEO at HSBC Italia from 2008 to 2018. When at HSBC, he also served as Head of the Global Banking and Global Markets divisions since 2004 – supervising areas such as Fixed Income, Derivatives, Equity and Equity Capital Markets, M&A and Advisory.

Previously, from 1993 until 2004, Mr. Perrelli held managing roles at Goldman Sachs in the United Kingdom and in 2001 he was appointed CEO of the Italian branch.

Qualified as Independent Director according to criteria established by the Self-Regulatory Code of Borsa Italiana