Michele Marzola


Name: Michele Marzola
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Digital Networks Plc
Country: Italy

2006 – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Networks PLC (Milan), Started a new entrepreneurial activities together with the leadership team of the AMM unit of IBM and the exCOO of Enel.

Digital Networks PLC is in the process of acquiring a number of companies to create the team capable of delivering Smart Grids to the Utilities of the World, with specific attention to those in Emerging Markets.

1994 – 2006 VicePresident of IBM Global Services (Milan and Paris). Led as General Manager some of the most successful and fastest growing activities at IBM, including: the global leadership of the Automated Meter Management Solutions business, which was created through the alliance with ENEL and has generated a pipeline of more than € 5 billions and signings for about € 200M in less than two years.

Dealt with the boardrooms of the most important utilities in the World. Interacted with Energy and Finance Ministers, Regulators and Influencers to shape new regulations and incentives that may facilitate new investments.

The European leadership of the Application Management Services division. Created the organisation, offerings and processes of the new business unit. Created the AMS Outtasking unit, which generates more than € 1 BN of net new revenues for IBM the European leadership of the IBM Consulting Group, which became the fastest growing of the major consulting practices in Europe. Achieved the full annual profit target in just three quarters in 1999.

The foundation of the IBM Consulting group in Italy and its expansion throughout the South of Europe. Moved from nil to the second largest consulting practice in Italy in less than two years.

1986 – 1994 Principal, Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

Led the Mergers & Acquisitions activities and the Strategy Consulting practice in Milan and in London. Became the youngest Principal in the Firm and closed the largest transaction for the M&A practice at that time.

1984 – 1985 Strategy Consultant, Bain & Co. in London.

Achieved promotion to Consultant after six months

1982 – 1984
Master in Business Administration, Columbia Graduate School of Business in
New York. Dean’s List and the Beta Gamma Sigma honour society (top 3% of his class).

1977 – 1982
Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bologna (Italy). Completed the curriculum with full grades in less than 5 years (including the military service) instead of the usual 8 years for the equivalent achievement

Lead negotiator in English, French and Spanish besides his native Italian. Conducted business in all the major world economies and in the fastest growing developing countries.

Has specific experience in several Industries: Energy; Raw Material; Pharmaceutical; Industrial and Process Industries; Services and IT. Is married to a very supporting wife, willing to move wherever there are interesting opportunities.