Former senior Partner at McKinsey, where he was head of the Organization and Operations Practices of the Mediterranean Complex, Guido has a breadth of business experience and access to senior executives in a variety of industries and geographies, with well-established experience in telecoms, technology, healthcare, insurance, aerospace and defence. He led transformational projects in all continents and was instrumental in setting up some of McKinsey’s own innovation-related business-building activities.
Guido is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with many previous business ventures and half a dozen exits. Having retained his engineering expertise, he contributed to the foundational development work for V-Nova’s core technology and is a joint inventor of a number of essential aspects of the technology as well as of several of its latest developments, with over 200 patents co-authored and filed.
Guido holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, where he was a Siebel Scholar, and an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where he was an Intel scholar, and the University of Texas at Austin.
London based investment banker promoted through a series of sales roles at Deutsche Bank and RBS before joining Goldman Sachs in 2010.
He specialised in developing structured derivatives for corporate clients and financial institutions. Overall, this gives him just under 20 years of experience structuring and selling B2B complex financial solutions to large firms.
Coming from an entrepreneurial family background, Pierdavide is an experienced entrepreneur with several previous business ventures and successful exits to his name.
One of the earliest financial backers of V-Nova, in 2015 Pierdavide resigned his Executive Directorship at Goldman Sachs to run V-Nova full time.
Pierdavide holds a Degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.
Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and former head of McKinsey’s UK TMT practice David brings three decades of strategic expertise to the board.
His time at McKinsey was characterised by blue-chip B2B consulting, growing company leaders and development into overseas markets.
Since leaving McKinsey David has served on the boards of several listed companies, including Telekom Malaysia, Telecom Italia and fintech company Tungsten Corporation.
He also has extensive experience with technology-based start-up companies, as a director, advisor and investor.
David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford.
V-Nova’s shareholding comprises a diversified group of strategic partners in TV & Media and Telecommunication including the satellite operator Eutelsat, leading entertainment company Sky plc, financial investors such as Whysol Investment or London Stock Exchange-listed Limitless Earth and Venture Capital funds such as Neva SGR.
Mr Federico Faggin, and his foundation, were among V-Nova’s earlier investors and founding members. Federico Faggin, physicist, engineer, entrepreneur, designed the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004. In 1974, he co-founded and was CEO of Zilog that developed the Zilog Z80 and Z8 processors. In 1986 he co-founded Synaptics, introducing the first touchpads and touchscreens that now dominate the market. In 2011, Faggin founded the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation.
Neva SGR, part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group and wholly owned by Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, plans and manages investment funds for professional investors interested in seizing the diversification and high-yield opportunities offered by venture capital investments. Neva SGR can count on Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center’s and Intesa Sanpaolo Group’s strength, financial resources, know-how and network of relationships.
Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company, with 31,000 employees serving 22.5 million customers across six countries – UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. With revenues of £12.9 billion, Sky is Europe’s leading investor in TV content with annual programming spend of over £6 billion.
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location.
Whysol Investments is an independent investment company, specialized in innovative tech ventures with high growth potential in international markets and in strategic infrastructures.
Limitless Earth PLC is an investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM). They believe that demographic shifts – population growth, an ageing population, the emergence of new middle classes and changing consumption habits and lifestyles – are strong influences on the long-term earnings power of many sectors. The Company intends to invest principally, but not exclusively, in sectors where these changing demographic factors are an important driver of growth.