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Forum Teratec 2021
Plenary session
Thuesday 22 June 2021 (morning)

Boosting European Innovation through leadership in High Performance Computing

Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo

We live in an increasingly digital world and it is true to say that data will be for the 21st Century what oil was for the 20th Century. Therefore, we must act now to guarantee the digital sovereignty of single EU Member States as well as at a pan-European level. Today, HPC is mainly used in large research centres and major corporations. To achieve its true potential, this technology needs to become commonplace across the entire economy, including small and medium-sized enterprises. Europe faces a challenge to make this leap. The answer is collaboration. Bringing together – at a European level – the main industrial players to work in partnership. There is already a concrete example in the form of the European Cloud project – also known as Gaia-X. EU Members are working on a shared approach – a direction that we can follow also for HPC. Leonardo’s vision, which is based on the full exploitation of digital technologies’ potential, for security and sustainable growth, is wholly aligned with the European strategy. At the core of this approach lies Leonardo’s supercomputer davinci-1, with its computing and storage capabilities that are exploited by HPC and Cloud solutions, through the expertise of high skilled professionals. As Leonardo seeks to become ever more a driver of innovation, HPC is a key element in this ambition. Therefore, to speed up digital progress we must be united, involving the entire ecosystem of open innovation. It is up to all of us to shape Europe’s digital future.

Biography: Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since May 2017. He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security), President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Co-Chairman of the Italy-Japan Business Group.
Born in Genoa (Italy), he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University.
In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1989 he joined Bain, Cuneo & Associati.
In 1991, he was appointed General Manager in RAS - Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, responsible for the banking and parabanking sectors
In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and, in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till 2010. Under his leadership, Unicredit Group became a European leading player, growing from 15,000 to over 162,000 employees, with branches in 23 countries.
From 2012 to 2015, he was Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank, and from 2015 to 2017 Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM.
Profumo was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro in 2004 and decorated Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Grand Officer Order of Merit of the Italian Republic) in 2005.

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