Board of Directors

nf.pngNicola Francia -  ACEPI Chairman

After graduating from Bocconi University in Milan, Nicola gained extensive experience in the structured products business from 2000. Between 2004 and 2014, he worked in London as the Head of ABN AMRO Italian Private Investor Products business and Head of RBS European Listed Products. In 2015, he joined UniCredit, where he assumed increasing responsibilities within the Private Investor Products team, ultimately as Co-Head of the European PIP Distribution and Brokerage Sales team. As of 2023, he is part of UniCredit's Group Investment Strategy team, focusing on investment decisions, portfolio allocation, and advisory services for the bank's clients.
Nicola was one of the founding members of ACEPI in 2006 and served on the Board of Directors until 2014. Currently, he holds the position of Chairman of the Board in ACEPI and is a member of the Board of Directors of EUSIPA, since 2019

aleessandraannoni104x128.jpgAlessandra Annoni - ACEPI board member
Intesa Sanpaolo - IMI

Alessandra Annoni is responsible for the Investment & Listed Products Sales team for structured investment products , in particular, she deals with the distribution of investment products on the primary market and direct listing on the main European exchanges. Alessandra began her career at Citigroup where she was Sales & Marketing Manager for Equity Derivatives.

debenedetti104x128.jpgLeonardo De Benedetti - ACEPI board member
Banca Akros
Leonardo De Benedetti, is graduated at Bocconi University in Milan and started his career in 1990 with Citigroup where he worked until 1998 in Sales and Marketing of Warrants and Equity Derivatives, eventually becoming business head. He then moved to UniCredit Group where he contributed to the establishment and development of TradingLab, a wholesale bank specializing in trading, structuring and distribution of investment products for retail customers, with the role of Head of Sales. Since 2005 in Banca Aletti, Private & Investment Bank of Banco Popolare Group, he is responsible for Corporate and Institutional Sales and contributes to the launch and development of the Investment Certificates business. Since September 2018 in Banca Akros he is head of Banks & Investment Products.
fdz.jpgFabio De Zordo - ACEPI board member

Fabio De Zordo is global head of Equity and Brokerage Trading at Unicredit.
He joined the Unicredit group in 1999, after graduating in Economics of Institutions and Financial Markets from Bocconi University in Milan, becoming member of the team that launched the first warrants and certificates listed in Italy and founded TradingLab, a bank specializing in the creation of investment products for retail customers.
He subsequently held various roles with european responsibility in the trading and structuring area of cross asset derivative products for retail and institutional customers.
He was one of the founders of ACEPI, in December 2006, holding the position of member of the board of directors for several years.

Heiko Geiger - VontobelHeiko Geiger - ACEPI board member
Heiko Geiger works in Vontobel Europe AG, where is Head of Public Distribution Europe for the whole distribution and marketing of retail structured products in Europe. Previously he worked for Deutsche Borse AG where he was Responsible for Marketing and Sales for Indices for development for new indices as underlyings for ETFs and structured products. He started his career in 1998 for Entory (UK) / Entory AG (London, Frankfurt) as consultant for Banks and Insurances.
Nevia Gregorini - Consigliere ACEPI BNP Paribas CIBNevia Gregorini - ACEPI board member
BNP Paribas CIB
 Master degree in Economics at Università of Bologna and postgraduate qualification at University College Dublin, Ireland, Nevia Gregorini worked as advisor for Andersen Consulting/Accenture from 2000 until 2004 for Financial Services and Telecommunication, partecipating to Marketing & Developmant projects. In 2004 she joined Marketing Office of Vodafone, where she contributed to dovelop the internet channel and advanced payment services. In January 2007 she came back to financial industry, joining Banca IMI as Marketing Responsable, for investment certificates and ETFs developing. In January 2008 she joined BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking, where is Head of Exchange Traded Solutions.
costanzamannocchi104x128.jpgCostanza Mannocchi - ACEPI Board Member
Société Générale S.A.
 Since 2004, Costanza Mannocchi works for Societe Generale within the team in charge of Italian Listed Products. During the years she covered different roles within the team and oversaw marketing activities for Lyxor ETFs in Italy. She is now focusing on new projects and, over the recent period, she took care of the listing of first Daily Leverage Certificates in Italy and of a range of SG ETCs/ETNs. She is graduated in Economics of Institutions and Financial Markets at Università L. Bocconi in Milan.
andrea_mereta_104x128.jpgAndrea Mereta - ACEPI Board Member
Banca Cesare Ponti

Entered into service in 1988 at the Istituto Bancario San Paolo of Turin and graduated in Economics and Business at the University of Genoa in 1995, Andrea Mereta (54 years old) developed his experience as financial adviser in the “High Assets and High Incomes” unit from 1994 to 1998 and then as private banker from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, he joined the Wealth Management & Private Banking Team of UBS Italia (UBS AG Group), where he further developed his professional skills in the analysis and offer of alternative investment solutions and of structured finance products. In 2009, he joined Banca Cesare Ponti (Banca Carige Group) as Senior Private Banker and Wealth Manager, participating in the development of the new branch for Genoa and for Liguria and supporting the Group’s private banking consultants in the activities of portfolio analysis and reallocation. After almost a year in the Investor Relations & Research Team of Banca Carige, as of 6 December 2021 he is Head of the Certificates Office of Banca Cesare Ponti.
Roberto Romeo - Consigliere ACEPIRoberto Romeo - ACEPI Board member

Roberto Romeo began his professional career in 1997 in Citibank and subsequently joined Tradinglab Banca (Unicredit Group) on the Warrant and Equity Derivatives trading desk. From 2004 to 2008 he worked for Deutsche Bank, where he was Head of Trading X-markets Italy. Mr. Romeo joined Mediobanca in July 2008 as a Managing Director of Capital Market Solutions, Head of Equity Derivatives Trading. In July 2019 he was nominated Head of Equity Trading and Structuring into Mediobanca Markets Division, leading a team of twenty people. He holds a Degree in Business Economics from Università Cattolica in Milan.