The President is nominated by the Governing Council, which also nominates a Vice President. The President’s mandate lasts four years, as does that of the Governing Council, and may be renewed just once. The President is the legal representative of the Compagnia, with duties that include chairing meetings, establishing the agenda and directing the works of the Governing Council and Management Committee. The President has the faculty to undertake urgent measures in the interest of the Compagnia which will then need to be ratified by the Management Committee.
Francesco Profumo, born in 1953, as of May 2016 is Chair of Compagnia di Sanpaolo.
He was Minister of Education, University and Research from November 2011 to April 2013 and President of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), from August 2011 to January 2012.
In 2003 he became Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the Politecnico of Turin, where he was appointed Rector in 2005 up to 2011.
He is full professor of Electrical Machines and Drives at Turin’s Politecnico and adjunct professor at the University of Bologna.
He has worked in various universities in the world: Argentina, China, Hungary,
Albania, Romania, Latvia, USA, Japan, Czech Republic.
He was given the title of Honorary PhD by 10 universities in different countries.
From 1978 to 1984 he worked as Senior Engineer at the R&D Centre of Ansaldo Group in Genoa.
He has been member of the Board of Directors at Telecom, Pirelli, Unicredit Private Bank, Il Sole 24 Ore.
He was Chairman of IREN Group until May 2016.
He is Chairman of Inwit, President of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Chairman of the Turin Campus of ESCP, President of SAFM, member of the Board of Directors of Fidia, member of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Agnelli, member of the Scientific Board of IIT.
He was also honoured with the Lion d'Oro in Turin in 2008, with the Valdo Fusi Award in 2011 and the Guido Carli Award in 2011.
He was Chairman of G8 University Summit 2009 in Italy and Chairman of Columbus (association of 55 European and Latin American universities).
He is member of Accademia delle Scienze in Turin and of Academia Europaea.
He was appointed President of the Compagnia di San Paolo on May 2016.