Born in Rome in 1958, Fabrizio Viola obtained a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. After serving as General Manager of Banca Popolare di Milano from September 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Viola was appointed CEO of Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna. In the early part of his career, Mr. Viola worked for leading finance and consulting organisations and later joined the asset management industry, where he managed a number of world-class mutual investment funds. Mr. Viola’s most important professional experiences were: IMI Group in 1987, where he was in charge of the Italian Securities portfolio for Sige’s consumer and institutional funds; in 1990, Mr. Viola joined the Fondiaria Group; in 1995, he was appointed Deputy General Manager by the Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM) Group and Head of Investments for BPM’s fund management company Ges.Fi.Mi S.p.A., responsible for BPM’s asset management activity. After three years as Deputy General Manager of Banca Popolare di Vicenza, Mr. Viola returned to the BPM Group in 2001 as co-General Manager and member of the Board of Directors of Bipiemme Gestioni SGR. He was subsequently appointed Managing Director in 2002. Since 12 January 2012 he is General Manager of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and on 3 May 2012 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.