Claudio Descalzi has been Chief Executive Officer of Eni since May 2014. He graduated with a degree in Physics in 1979 from the University of Milan. He is currently a member of the General Board of Confindustria and Director of the Fondazione Teatro alla Scala. From 2000 to 2001, he held the position of Executive Vice-President for Africa, the Middle East and China. From 2002 to 2005, he was Executive Vice-President for Italy, Africa, Middle East, also serving as member of the board of several Eni subsidiaries in the area. In 2005, he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Eni Exploration & Production Division. From 2010 to 2014, he held the position of Chairman of Eni UK. In 2012, Claudio Descalzi was the first European in the field of Oil&Gas to receive the prestigious “Charles F. Rand Memorial Gold Medal 2012” award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers.