The Management Group

Passion, experience and great expertise: the inestimable value of Polynt Human Resources.

Rosario Valido - President & Group Chief Executive Officer

Rosario Valido received a commercial diploma in 1971 and frequented Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan for two years.
Mr. Valido began his professional career in the commercial sector of the resin producing companies Società Italiana Resine and SNIAL, where he worked as a commercial director both in Italy and abroad.
He joined Alusuisse (at the time a Group company) in 1982 and since then has held various management positions within the Group.
Mr. Valido has served as the Plant Manager at our San Giovanni Valdarno facility and the General Manager for certain of our product lines.
He has also served as the President of the Association of Compounds Companies in Italy and Germany and the Chairman of the Composites European Association.
Mr. Valido was a member of the Managing Board of Lonza Group A.G. from 2000 until 2007.
He serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Group.

Paolo Carugati - Group Chief Financial Officer

Paolo Carugati received a degree in economics and banking from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy in 1992.
After graduating he worked as an auditor for KPMG in Italy and Germany.
After leaving KPMG, Mr. Carugati served as the Strategic Planning Manager for Pirelli Tyre and as the Mergers and Acquisitions Manager and Country Manager Poland for Manuli Rubber Industries where he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2000.
He joined the Group in July 2006 as the Chief Financial Officer.

Sergio Conni - Group Chief Operating Officer

Sergio Conni received a degree in chemical engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1987.
Before joining the Group in 2009, Mr. Conni held senior roles at SISAS Group and Chemial Group.
He joined the Group in 2009 through the acquisition of Chemial Group.
Since then, Sergio covered various positions in the Group in the operations and in the business management. From 2014 to 2017 Sergio held the position of Senior Vice President Americas, reporting into the CEO.
After that he moved back to Italy and was till 2020 EVP Europe, taking over the Group COO position starting July 2020.

Maurizio Leonardi - Executive Vice President Europe

Maurizio Leonardi received a degree in Chemistry from Università degli Studi di Perugia in 1983.
After graduating he worked as researcher for the university, before moving to become a researcher at ENICHEM’s hi-tech division.
After leaving ENICHEM he served as project manager in Nestlè.
Since joining the Group in 1988, Mr. Leonardi has served in various roles in R&D and Operations, becoming COO Composites Europe in 2015, and since 2020 he serves as Group’s EVP Europe.

Harold Visser - Executive Vice President Americas

Harold Jay Visser received degrees from Albion College in 1983 with Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management as well as English.
His career has been in the Composites business since 1984, where he has served in various commercial and leadership roles.
He joined CCP Composites in 2009 where he became President of CCP Composites Canada and Managing Director EMEA. Following the acquisition of CCP by Polynt in 2014, he assisted with the European integration before moving back to the U.S. in 2015, where he held various leadership positions such as Business Manager Composites until 2018, US General Manager until 2019 when he was appointed to his current role of EVP Americas.

Alberto Milesi - Executive Vice President Asia

Gianni Alberto Milesi received a diploma in Industrial Chemistry from 2.o ITIS per la Chimica Industriale di Bergamo in 1981.
He joined Alusuisse (at the time a Group company) in 1982 and since then has held various positions within the Group.
Mr. Milesi has served in the operations, technical service, commercial and supply chain departments.
He moved to China in 2008 as Commercial Director and then as General Manager.
In 2015 he was also appointed Chief Operating Officer of Asian Composites Companies of the Group and since 2017 he serves as EVP Asia.

Alberto Carpani - Group General Counsel – Group Director HR&IT

Alberto Carpani received a degree in law from University of Milan—Bicocca in 1999 and was admitted to the Italian Bar in March 2006.
He worked as an attorney in leading international law firms, such as Simmons & Simmons, White & Case and Chiomenti, and was an International Visiting Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York in 2008/2009.
He joined the Group in October 2017 as Group General Counsel and in September 2020 he was also appointed as Group Director HR & IT.

Simona Grilli - Assistant to President & CEO and Managing Board – Group Communication Manager – Corporate General Services

Simona Grilli received a technical diploma in Tourism and Foreign Languages in Milan in 1988 and immediately after she began her professional career joining Alusuisse in the commercial area and in customer service, logistics and then as Assistant of the Commercial Direction of the Company.
She is the PA to the President and CEO and the Assistant of the Managing Board since 2000.
Group Communication Manager since 2007, she also manage the HQ General Services.

Luca Bielli - Group Supply Chain Director

Luca Bielli received an Accounting and Information Technology education and then he graduated in Business Economics.
He joined the Company in 1990 starting in the Intermediates Sales Division, he performed several commercial and leadership roles, in 2004 he became Anhydrides and Plasticizers’ Business Line Director and in 2012 he became Head of Plasticizers’ Division.
After a 27-year seniority he left the Company and joined Sun Chemical Italia, where he performed as Business Director Liquid Inks, Offset Inks and Printed Circuit Boards for 4 years.
In September 2021 he reentered the Company as Group Supply Chain Director at the Scanzorosciate (BG) site.