Claudio Descalzi has been re-appointed as Italian oil firm Eni's CEO and general manager by its board of directors.
Born in Milan, Descalzi has been Eni’s CEO since May 2014. He joined Eni in 1981 as an oil and gas field petroleum engineer and then became 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 appointed managing director of Eni’s subsidiary in Congo and, in 1998, he became VP and managing director of Naoc, a subsidiary of Eni in Nigeria.
From 2000-2001, he held the position of EVP for Africa, Middle East and China. From 2002-2005 he was EVP for Italy, Africa, Middle East, covering also the role of member of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area.
In 2005, he was appointed deputy chief operating officer of the exploration and production division in Eni. From 2006-2014, he was President of Assomineraria and, from 2008-2014, he was chief operating officer in the exploration and production division of Eni. From 2010-2014, he was chairman of Eni UK. Descalzi graduated in physics in 1979 from the University of Milan.
As well as various other committee appointments, Eni's board of directors also decided that in the next few months will set up an advisory board, composed of international experts in the oil and gas sector with director Fabrizio Pagani as chairman.