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GEI Luncheon in honor of Mr. Silvano Cassano, CEO of Alitalia


Remarks by GEI President Lucio Caputo:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Today I am very pleased to welcome to New York and to GEI, Dott. Silvano Cassano, the Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana.

Born in Argenta, Silvano Cassano has had an international career spanning more than three decades. He has held senior executive roles in the finance and travel industries in New York, London and Rome.

He served as Chairman and CEO of Italian shipping company Grandi Navi Veloci, CEO of global fashion brand Benetton Group, CEO of Fiat Auto Financial and Consumer Services, and Vice President European Operations at Hertz Europe.

He held the position of Senior Executive Advisor at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), a global management and strategy consulting firm.

In September 2014, Dott. Cassano was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Alitalia SAI, Italy’s largest airline. Alitalia is part of the Etihad Airways Partners, the SkyTeam alliance, and the Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture together with Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM.

In addition, he is a former Board Member of Confitarma (Italian Association of Ship Owners), ABI (Italian Bank Association) and former Chairman of Aniasa (Italian Association of Car Rental and Leasing Companies).

Therefore, I am pleased to welcome Dott. Silvano Cassano and present him, on behalf of GEI, with the “GEI FRIENDSHIP AWARD” in honor of  his many achievements.

The luncheon was held on April 21, 2015 in the Stella Private Room

of Le Cirque restaurant in New York City.