A Board of Directors operating under a one-tier board structure
Yann Rousset has been in US & Swiss banking and capital management for over fifteen years advising family offices, corporate institutions and fiduciary organizations on capital management, governance matters and strategic guidance.
Graduating in Finance from Bentley University in 2005, he started at UBS Financial Services Inc, New York City in 2006. Soon after, he worked at Citigroup Global Markets Ltd in London before joining the founders of Maseco LLP in 2009 as Executive Director to lead and establish the Swiss expansion. He completed the Swiss acquisition and founded Pilotage Private Wealth AG in Switzerland in 2013. He is currently the CEO, with a focus on wealth, asset and capital management. In 2019 he founded Pilotage Private Office AG and is the Chairman with a focus on financing structures, corporate and capital market advisory and governance.
Luca Concone graduated in Technological Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. In the early 1990s, Luca focused on a consulting career with A.T. Kearney and McKinsey & co., specialising in financial institutions and technology. In the 2000s, he became deputy CEO of one of the largest banks in Italy (Gruppo UBI) and CEO of a significant bank in the United Kingdom (Capital One). He supported the founders of Volagratis brand (now belonging to lastminute.com group) in the context of the corporate legal entities establishment since the beginning. In 2006, he became CFO of the City of Milan under mayor Letizia Moratti. In 2009, Luca started his own renewable energy fund and invested over 200M€; he was appointed Chairman and CEO of the fund and, as of today, he retains a Director position.
He has over a decade of experience as entrepreneur, angel investor and senior advisor to many technology and internet industry companies.
Massimo Pedrazzini holds a Degree in Law from the Geneva University (1985). Among others, Massimo is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sterling Strategic Value Fund SICAV-RAIF SA, Luxembourg and of Fidinam Group Holding SA, Lugano (Switzerland).
In the past he has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Washtec AG, listed in Frankfurt (Germany), and Member of the Supervisory Boards of Teleplan International N.V. and of Brainpower N.V., both listed in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Massimo’s law firm is based in Lugano (Switzerland). He has been practicing law since 1985 with focus on contract, corporate, international tax and financial law. He is specialized in cross border M&A transactions and joint-ventures in Europe, Asia and America.
Valentin Pitarque graduated in Engineering in 1997 and, subsequently, he studied at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he graduated with an MBA in 2005, as well as at Keio University in Tokyo, where he graduated in 2004.
Valentin started working at Cisco designing telecommunication networks in Europe and Latam. Thereafter, he joined Telefonica, where he developed several roles, ultimately leading the strategic planning process of the company in Latam and supporting several strategic and M&A initiatives.
Valentin joined Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media, and Telecoms Investment Banking group in London in 2005, from where he led different landmark corporate finance transactions in EMEA. He then joined Goldman Sachs’s West Coast office from where he invested Goldman Sachs capital in strategic startups and co-led some of Goldman’s global Investment Banking Technology teams.
After retiring from Goldman Sachs, Valentin founded Digital Aura Ventures to invest globally in early and growth-stage startups. Valentin has also continued advising a number of CxOs and Boards on investments, strategy, technology, and governance.
Maria Teresa Rangheri graduated in Law and in Psychological Sciences and Techniques and has been a professional journalist for over 20 years. She held positions of responsibility in the field of communication and marketing in various sectors, from telecommunications (Infostrada and Wind) to banks (Banca Popolare di Lodi and Intesa Sanpaolo) and non-profit organizations (FAI). During these experiences she has been in charge of corporate culture projects, in phases of corporate transformation.
From 2008 to 2017 she was part of the team that led the growth of the lastminute.com group. Within the Group, she has been first Marketing Director and then Head of Leisure, Travel & Tourism and Chief Communication officer. She set up the Lastminute Foundation and from 2017 to 2019 she was CEO of Bheroes Società Benefit, dedicated to the growth of the startup ecosystem in Italy. In 2020 she attended the training course: “Induction Session for directors and auditors of listed companies” by Assogestioni and Assonime. Since December 2020 she has worked as Chief of Communications in e-Novia, an Italian Startup Studio. Currently she is a Board Member of Fondazione Bagatti Valsecchi (nominated by Comune di Milano) and Kaaja srl.
Cyril Ranque was lastly President of the Travel Partners Group, Expedia, for more than 15 years. In this role, he was responsible for the integration of all travel partners through the marketing, distribution, data and technology solutions of the Expedia Group platform.
Prior to joining Expedia Group, Cyril was Vice President Marketing & Distribution for Louvre Hotels, having advised the Taittinger Group when the company was founded in early 2004. Previously, he was co-founder of Educastream.com, an online education startup, head of the French CRM practice for AT Kearney, CRM consultant at Accenture, investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and financial analyst at LVMH in Tokyo.
He is currently a board member of the Ritz Paris Hotel and he was, until its sale to Trip.com, a board member of the Chinese OTA eLong. Cyril holds a master’s degree from ESSEC Graduate School of Business in Paris, with a specialization in finance and strategy, and he currently lives with his wife in Geneva.