People: Telecom Italia SpA (TI.N)
Mr. Franco Bertone has served as Head of Telecom Italia Headquarter for Southamerica at Telecom Italia SpA since February 2013. He was Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Argentina and Chairman of Telecom Personal at Telecom Italia SpA from December 2, 2010 until February 2013. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Argentina within the Company since March 26, 2009. After graduating in Electronic Engineering from Universita degli Studi di Pavia in 1977, he began his professional career in 1978 as an analyst in Datamont. In the same year he joined Sirti where, from 1979 to 1985, he project managed joint ventures with GTE Automatic Electric, AT&T, Ericsson and Philips in the field of telecommunication networks in the United States, Sweden and Saudi Arabia. In 1986 he was appointed System Division Director in Sirti-Milano where he managed system development and integration for planning and control of access and transmission networks. During that same period he served as Non-Executive Board Director at Retix (Santa Monica, Ca). In 1992 he was appointed Managing Director of Sirti subsidiaries. In 1997 he joined Telecom Italia Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Entel in Bolivia and later as Director of International Operations Manager for Argentina, Vice-Chairman of Telecom Argentina and Chairman of Nortel. In 2003 he was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs for Telecom Italia Latam in Brazil and Non-Executive Director in the Board of the affiliate companies in Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and USA. In 2008 he joined Telecom Argentina Group as Chief Operating Officer.
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