My name is Marco Blasi. I graduated in Economics (advanced DES course of degree) from Università Bocconi in Milan and I was conferred an MBA degree from the Anderson Graduate School of Management (UCLA). During my course of studies I concentrated on Economics, Econometrics, EU Economics and Policies, Finance and International Business and Management.
I have a solid CFO background (I worked for major multinational companies in several industries) coupled with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In my last assignment as Group CFO, I had twelve different companies reporting to me, including our Argentinean branch. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
As Head of Strategic Business Development at PMC Operations, I started negotiations with the Serbian Ministry of Energies and Mines for the development of bio-masses powered factories and CO2 emission abatement plants. I worked on feasibility studies of green-powered projects linked to sustainable development of poor areas in less developed countries.<o:p></o:p>
I managed several system integration processes in multinational organizations, setting up Accounting and ERP systems (e.g.: Hyperion, JDE) that would comply with US GAAP, IAS/IFRS and national accounting standards. I was also in charge of HR and IT functions. I am certified in Change Management (PROSCI)<o:p></o:p>
As CFO at Universal Music Italy, market leader in the record industry, I was also in charge of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, as well as responsible for new media activities. I worked with Corporate Finance, International Business Affairs and Corporate Strategy from the International Headquarters in London, UK. I managed the merger between Universal Music S.p.A. and PolyGram in Italy, and achieved total annual savings in excess of Euro 6.7 Million. I opened the Digital Music Division in Italy in 2001. Under my direction, digital business went from zero to representing 6% of the Net Turnover of the company (and about 20% of EBITDA) in three years. I managed the re-engineering of content and style of the company’s internet site, which was awarded Best Music Site in Italy in 2004. I secured sponsorship and co-marketing contributions that accounted for over 3 Million Euro working with private companies and institutions (e.g.. Progetto Italia, Trust of Telecom Italia that fosters Italian artists’ innovative initiatives). <o:p></o:p>
Currently, I am Partner in a consulting group and I focus on the areas of Finance, Business Plan Development, International Business Development, Change Management and Contracts Negotiation. I have finalized a partnership deal with a major international TLC company to provide innovative portable devices and system infrastructure for a remote assistance ECG service to the Italian National Health System (for a client from telemedicine industry). I am in charge of development projects in Eastern Europe, dealing with local authorities and business, for a Business Process Outsourcing client. I am managing the start-up of a Shared Services Centre in Belgrade to assist Italian SME’s entering the Serbian market.<o:p></o:p>
I am familiar with multilateral negotiations having dealt with unions and Government representatives at national level for restructuring projects of private business. I have successfully worked on development plans in different industrial sectors and countries. I am fluent in Italian (mother tongue), English, and French. I have a good working knowledge ofSpanish and Serbo-Croatian and have studied Russian. <o:p></o:p>
I believe that my twenty-year experience working with diverse cultures, heading multinational teams, coupled with my desire to work for an international organization, would be a good fit for an executive role in an international organization.