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MEET OUR TEAM

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Guido Belli

Position: Chairman
A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano University, Guido also holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi. After several years in the industrial sector, he became Senior Director and member of the Investment Committee of SO.PA.F, one of the pioneers in Italian Private Equity. As a Founding Partner of Bridgepoint, a leading International Private Equity firm, he was responsible for managing Italian investments for twelve years, in addition to being a member of the Board of Bridgepoint Capital (Holdings), the Bridgepoint Group's holding company at the international level. He is a Founding Partner and the Chairman of Arcadia.
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Simone Arnaboldi

Position: CEO
Simone graduated from the Politecnico di Milano University with a degree in Electronic Engineering and he also holds an MBA with honors from SDA Bocconi. He began in Private Equity at SO.PA.F. after gaining experience at Pirelli and Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance. He was then a Director and a member of the Business Development Board of Bridgepoint, a leading International Private Equity firm. Later he was a Founding Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Management & Capitali, the first Italian investment company focused on turnarounds and special situation opportunities, and listed on the Milan Stock Exchange with over € 550 million under management. He is a Founding Partner and the CEO of Arcadia SGR.
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Alessandro Grassi

Position: Director
Alessandro graduated cum laude in Economics at Bologna University. Before joining Arcadia SGR he gained over ten years of experience in Private Equity working for leading investment firms focused on small and medium buy-outs such as Arca Impresa Gestioni SGR and IGI SGR, where he was appointed Senior Investment Manager. Previously he worked for five years in the Corporate Finance division of EY, where he was involved in several M&A transactions.
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Giovanni Barbujani

Position: Investment Manager
Giovanni holds a M.Sc. cum laude in Accounting, Corporate Finance and Control from Bocconi University, with a specialisation in Corporate Finance. Before joining Arcadia SGR, he worked at NPV SpA, a corporate finance and management consulting firm, where he was involved in several M&A transactions, financial restructurings and turnaround processes in industrial and services areas, as advisor of industrial groups, SMEs and PE funds. He was also involved in the development of NPV Capital Partners, a PE fund focused on Italian SMEs.
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Tristano Pinter

Position: Associate
Tristano graduated cum laude in Economics at Pisa University and holds a M.Sc. in Finance from Warwick Business School. Before joining Arcadia SGR, he worked in B4 Investimenti SGR, focusing on small-mid cap buy-outs and in the Corporate Finance division of EY. Previously, he completed an internship at Rocket Internet - Foodpanda Malaysia and Italian Brand Factory, a start-up accelerator.
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Alberto Benetello

Position: Investment Analyst
Alberto holds a M.Sc. cum laude in Business Administration and Corporate Law from Bocconi University. Before joining Arcadia SGR, he worked in Rothschild, where he was involved in different M&A deals, Debt Advisory and Restructuring processes, both domestic and international. Previously, he completed an internship in Mediobanca Corporate Finance and in Partners CPA, boutique specialised in financial and managerial advisory services.
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Vittorio Parri

Position: Investment Analyst
Vittorio holds a M.Sc. in Accounting, Corporate Finance and Control from Bocconi University, with a specialization in Corporate Finance. Before joining Arcadia SGR he completed an internship in the Venture Capital team of Quadrivio Capital SGR and worked as Research Analyst for the Private Equity research laboratory at SDA Bocconi School of Management.
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Giorgio Mancarella

Position: Financial Controller
Giorgio Mancarella is an expert financial controller. He has over 30 years of experience in administration, finance and management control in manufacturing, commercial, consulting and service companies, in Italy and abroad. For twelve years he has served as Head of Administration of Gewiss S.p.A., a leading company in the electrical engineering sector which was listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. He has been CFO of Elettroclick S.p.A., a start-up company launched by Seat Pagine Gialle for the online trading of electrical equipment. Then he has been Administration and Finance Director of Value Partners Group, a leading management and IT consulting company, where he has also served as Director and CFO of the Group's companies in Brazil and Argentina. He founded SSA Servizi S.r.l., a company active in management consulting services to small businesses and professional firms. He is the Financial Controller of Arcadia's portfolio companies.
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Simona Quaglia

Position: Investor Relator
Simona graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (I.U.L.M.) and completed the Exchange Program at the Faculty of Arts of Bristol. After an experience as Executive Assistant in JP Morgan, she moved to Delta Italia, where she managed the relationships with foreign customers. After that she joined Bridgepoint, one of the leading international Private Equity firms, as Office Manager, taking responsibility over the back office activities of the Milan office.
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Silvia Astori

Position: Head of Administration
Silvia attended the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Turin. After a relevant experience as Executive Assistant at Sympak S.p.A., she worked as Office Manager and Executive Assistant at Wizard Partners S.r.l., Private Equity company representing the Russian group Borodino in Italy. More recently she was Office Manager and Executive Assistant in INVIMA S.r.l., where she was also responsible for the administration activities.
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Simona Di Bella

Position: Office Manager
Simona has a diploma in Accounting. After an experience as Executive Assistant at Louisiane S.p.A., part of the Hermes Group, she moved to Vionnet Operations S.r.l., French haute couture fashion company, where she was assistant to the CEO and responsible of the secretarial services coordination.
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Walter Benati

Position: Business Partner
Walter Benati is an expert in retail and consumer goods businesses. He started as a Sales Manager, and then Sales Director, at Quaker Chiari & Forti, as Sales Manager at RJ Reynolds and then General Director of Fruit of the Loom. He was then Partner and CEO of a number of businesses backed by institutional investors such as Enervit (food supplements) and United Optical (glasses) with 21 Investimenti, Longoni Sport (sports equipment and clothing retailer) with Bridgepoint, and Bellora (luxury house linens) with Riello Investimenti. Walter was also CEO of Car Comauto, a leading car dealer under the brands Audi/Volkswagen, and CEO of Bentley Italia. He founded few years ago W.B.I. srl, a marketing consulting company through which he managed several consulting projects.
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Alberto Frausin

Position: Business Partner
Alberto, an expert in consumer goods with experiences in retailing and pharmaceutical sectors, has an impressive track record covering senior roles in leading multinationals and family owned companies, both in Italy and abroad. He started his career as Brand Manager and Marketing Manager at Kraft, Star, and SC Johnson in Italy, US and Eastern Europe. Afterwards, Alberto was the Global Marketing Vice President of Ferrero Holdings and the General Manager of Manetti & Roberts. More recently, Alberto was appointed as CEO of Zambon Group and then CEO of Galbani. Alberto is now CEO of Carlsberg Italia and CEO of the DraughMasterTM Center of Excellence for the global development of a new technology of beer tapping patented by Carlsberg Group. He is also Chairman of Assobirra, the Italian Brewers’ Association, and member of the Managing Board of Indicod-ERC.
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Fausto Lanfranco

Position: Business Partner
Fausto Lanfranco is an expert in the Manufacturing, Transportation and IT sectors. He has gained international experience in managing complex organizations and family companies. He started as head of the industrial activities of Olivetti in Italy, then in North America and in Mexico. He then joined the Fiat group, where he held senior management positions both in Italy and abroad (Brazil), including the responsibilities of the Construction Equipment New Holland/FIAT-HITACHI, and then CNH. Since 2003 he became Chairman of the Transportation Business Unit at Ansaldo, covering executive roles in Ansaldo's controlled companies. He is currently member of the Board of Directors at Bottero Finanziaria, the holding company of Bottero - one of the leading companies in the glass industry - and Cometto - world leader in the transportation industry for abnormal load.
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Paolo Opromolla

Position: Business Partner
Paolo Opromolla is an industry business specialist with main focus on packaging, fashion, textiles, mechanics and food&beverage sectors. He held business and financial management roles in groups, investment holdings and companies of varying sizes such as Montedison, C&P Capital Investment, Marzotto and Medinvest International, and managed, inter alia, several reorganization and expansion initiatives, both on a domestic and international scale. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Peck, a leading brand in the high-end food & beverage specialties market.
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Giorgio Pucci

Position: Business Partner
Giorgio Pucci is an expert in the ITC, TLC and Renewable Energy sectors. He has been a top executive of several large technology companies, mostly in ITC. He started as a Designer at Texas Instruments before becoming Product Marketing & Product Engineering Manager, and Sales & Marketing Director for Southern Europe. After this experience he became Chairman and CEO of the Italian branches of Prime Computervision, Dun & Bradstreet, Nokia and Bull. In 2006 Giorgio co-founded Enerqos, a European leader in the design and construction of high performance photovoltaic systems. Today he is an operating shareholder with responsibility for sales and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Enerqos.
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