After twenty years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Massimo Sarmi was appointed CEO of the Poste Italiane Group in May 2002.
An Air Force engineer, he graduated with honors in electronic engineering from La Sapienza University in
Rome, and then specialized in electrical engineering for the telecommunications industry at the Galileo
Ferraris Institute of the Polytechnic University of Turin. In 1995 he played a leading role in the start up of the mobile business within Telecom Italia becoming General Manager of the new company, TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile).
It was during this period that Sarmi developed a whole new approach to mobile telephone service payments through the introduction in the market of the prepaid card system.
Three years later, in 1998, he was appointed General Manager of Telecom Italia, and was placed in charge of re-launching the commercial and technical activities of the company.
In 2000 he was named CEO and Managing Director of Siemens Italy and in 2002 assumed the same position in Poste Italiane.
Under his leadership, Poste Italiane became profitable after 50 years of losses. In 2003 he created Postepay, the most widely used prepaid card in Europe. In 2005 he opened the Service Control Room, the nerve centre of Poste Italiane’s technological infrastructure and in 2007 he launched PosteMobile, the new mobile operator that made Poste Italiane the first postal company worldwide to join the mobile telephone sector.
Today Massimo Sarmi is chairman of the Global Cyber Security Center (GCSEC), member of the Academic Board of the Bocconi University in Milan and since May 2009 part of the board of the International Post Corporation (IPC).
Massimo Sarmi was born in Malcesine (Verona) in 1948. He is married and has 2 sons.