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Africa – Italy: The inner circle of ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi

By Christophe Le Bec
Posted on Friday, 19 November 2021 11:33

ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi is married to a Congolese woman, the former head of the Lagos and Brazzaville subsidiaries, and a connoisseur of Libya. The 66-year-old Milanese engineer hopes to further expand operations on the continent and has one of the most extensive Italian-African networks. Below are the key figures.


Claudio Descalzi

ENI’s CEO Claudio Descalzi and his group were accused of corruption in Nigeria’s OPL245 case, but were finally acquitted at the end of March 2021 by the Milan court. In recent months, Descalzi, who has been at the helm of the Italian hydrocarbon giant since 2014, has gone back on a charm offensive aimed at Africa, where ENI prides itself on being the leading oil and gas extractive company.