Barbara Cominelli

Barbara Cominelli has 25 years' of management experience in the ICT, Telco and Energy sectors in Italy and internationally. Her expertise covers General Management and P&L management, Strategy and M&As, Planning, Marketing, Large Operations and Corporate Governance, with a strong focus on innovation and digital transformation.

She's currently Marketing and Operations Director in Microsoft Italy, in charge of developing the business and the market strategies of the company and accelerating the Italian digital transformation, leveraging on new technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence and big data.

Previously she spent 7 years with Vodafone, where she was Director of Commercial Operations and Digital, with responsibility for the digital and traditional channels, the Digital Transformation and the Wholesale business unit, with a team of 3000 people in multiple sites.

She is an independent Board Member at ERG S.p.A. and a member of the Risks and Control Committee since 2015. She has been nominated by Inspiring Fifty one of the top 50 influential women in Tech in Europe both in 2016 and 2017 and "Best Digital Director" by LeFonti in 2017.

In 2017 she's also been included in the Top 15 women in Digital in Italy by Digitalic and among the top 10 managers in technology by CorrieredellaSera. The Italian Executives association has assigned her the the "Best Women Executive" award in 2015 and the "Best Young Executive" award in 2009. With her team she won a dozen of awards for excellence in Digital, Customer Experience and Digital transformation both in Italy and internationally.

From 2003 to 2010 she served as Strategy, Marketing and Planning Director for Tenaris Dalmine (TEN.MI) world leader in products and services for the Energy Industry; additionally she was member and then President of the Board of So.Par.Fi Dalmine Holdings. Previously she was Partner of a Venture Capital company managing investments in the high-tech industry in Italy, France and USA.

From 1996 to 2000 she was Manager in the Management Consulting firm A.T. Kearney in the London and Milan offices: one of the youngest Managers in Europe, she managed consulting assignments for major multinational clients in the Manufacturing/Automotive, Consumer Goods and IT/High Tech industries.

She started her career as Researcher and Assistant Professor at Bocconi University, teaching Marketing and Industry analysis. She has a wide international experience: she studied/worked in Italy, UK, USA, Spain, The Netherlands and she has a successful track record in managing culturally diverse organizations.

She holds a degree 110/110 Summa cum Laude in Business Administration from Bocconi University and the Master CEMS-MIM in International Management from Bocconi and ESADE (Barcelona); she also studied at the Rotterdam School of Management, Stanford and SDA Bocconi.

Passionate about people/talent development, she is actively involved in several non profit initiatives as a mentor, with particular focus on young women.

She lives in Milan with her husband, her son and her cat.