Barbara Poggiali


Managing Director of the Cyber Security Division

Barbara Poggiali is the Managing Director of Leonardo's Cyber Security Division since January 2019.

In 1984, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA., where she subsequently obtained a Master of Science in Materials Engineering in 1985, and her Ph.D. in 1987.

In 1987, she began her career at McKinsey & Co., and in 1989 joined Bain & Co. She worked for Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy) from 1995 to 2000, initially as Head of Strategy and Development then as Head of Consumer Division. She moved on to E.Biscom S.p.A. (now Fastweb) as Chief Operating Officer until 2002, and then Cable and Wireless Plc. as Mobile Group Director. From 2004 to 2011, she worked for RCS Mediagroup initially as Chief Development Officer (2004-2008), then as CEO and General Manager of Dada S.p.A (RCS Group), from 2009 to 2011. From 2014 to 2017, she was Head of Strategic Marketing at Poste Italiane S.p.A. and served as Chairman at PosteMobile.

She is an Independent Director of several public companies: Falck Renewables S.p.A. since 2012, ASTM Autostrade Torino-Milano since 2013, and Banca Farmafactoring Group and Elica S.p.A. since 2018. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Bocconi University since 2014.