Francesco Panfilo joined Apax Partners in 2018 as Senior Advisor for Italy. With over 30 years of experience in Private Equity, he helps reinforce the presence in Italy while identifying high potential SMEs in Apax Partners’ sectors of specialisation.

From 2014  to 2018, Francesco has been Board member of Benetton Group and Olimpias, as well as Chairman of Panakes from 2015 to 2018 . He seats on the Board of Coster Tecnologie Speciali (as deputy Chairman) and Elemaster.

He started his career at Technip and Foster Wheeler as Process Engineer and Project Manager before integrating BNL, Groupe BNP Paribas, leading loans in Energy and Tech Innovation, with EIB funding. He then joined SOFIPA (investment bank of Mediocredito Centrale Group) as Managing Director, and then Chief Executive Officer. He led for two years the private equity activity of ABN AMRO Capital Investment and was then Chairman and Founding Managing of PM & Partners from 2001 to 2014.

Francesco graduated from Sapienza Università di Roma and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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