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Law degree at Università Cattolica in Milan, Italy

Gianni Franco Papa

General Manager

Gianni Franco Papa is General Manager of UniCredit, being responsible for all business-related activities across the Group. His primary focus is on developing further UniCredit's client offer, maximizing cross-selling and value creation throughout UniCredit's different divisions and areas of activities as well as driving the digital strategy and the change of the bank's service model. 

Furthermore, he holds the positions of Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Nomination Committee of UniCredit Bank AG, Member of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Member of the Management Board of Bank Pekao S.A., and Member of the Boards of Directors of Koç Finansal Hizmetler AS and of Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi AS.

He started his career at UniCredit Group at predecessor company Credito Italiano in 1979, after completing a law degree at Università Cattolica in Milan, Italy.

Having worked in different positions within the Group, Gianni Franco Papa was appointed manager in the International Division in 1986. From 1988 to 1992, he served as Assistant General Manager at Credito Italiano in Hong Kong.

Following a period at the Group's internal financial department in Italy, Gianni Franco Papa was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Singapore Branch in 1998. Following this, his responsibilities were extended to additionally include the role of Director for Asia (without China) for UniCredit.

Between 2003 and 2005, he worked as General Manager of the New York branch, serving at the same time as Director for the Americas for UniCredit.

Gianni Franco Papa further pursued his international career in the Central and Eastern Europe Division for which he took over responsibility in 2010. During that period, in addition to senior management positions held at UniCredit's banks in Slovakia and Ukraine, Mr. Papa held various positions on the Division's control and steering committees, including: President of the Supervisory Board of UniCredit Bank Slovenija, Vice President of the Turkish companies Koc Finansal Hizmetler AS and Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi AS, and Vice President of the Supervisory Board of PJSC Ukrsotsbank.

From January 2015 to August 2016, Gianni Franco Papa acted as Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Division.

In 2013, he was appointed Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana following the proposal by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri).

He is member of the UniCredit Executive Management Committee.