Eni names Claudio Descalzi new CEO

Eni’s Board of Directors on Friday appointed Claudio Descalzi as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager.

In this role he will be responsible for the management of the company, with the exception of specific responsibilities that are reserved for the Board of Directors and those that are not to be delegated according to the current legislation.

While a final decision will be taken at a later date, the Board confirmed Claudio Descalzi as Chief Operating Officer of the Exploration & Production Division.

The Board also deliberated that, in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code for listed companies, the Head of Internal Audit will report to the Board, and on its behalf, to the Chairwoman. In addition, the Chairwoman will carry out her statutory functions as legal representative managing institutional relationships in Italy, together with the CEO.


Claudio Descalzi has been Chief Operating Officer of Eni – Exploration & Production Division – since July 2008.

He is currently President of Assomineraria and Vice President of Confindustria Energy.

Born in Milan in 1955, he graduated in physics in 1979 from the University of Milan.

He joined Eni in 1981 as Oil & Gas field petroleum engineering and project manager, for the development of North Sea, Libya, Nigeria and Congo. In 1990 he was appointed Head of reservoir and operating activities for Italy.

In 1994 he was named Managing Director of Eni subsidiary in Congo and in 1998 Vice Chairman & Managing Director of Naoc, Eni’s subsidiary in Nigeria.

From 2000 to 2001 he held the position of Executive Vice President for Africa, Middle East and China.

From 2002 to 2005 he was Executive Vice President for Italy, Africa, Middle East covering also the role of Chairman of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area.

In 2006 he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Eni – Exploration & Production Division.

In 2012 Claudio Descalzi has been awarded the “Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal 2012‘ award by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.

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