Since March 2016, he has been CRO and COO of Unieco Group, one of Italy's largest general contractors with a turnover in excess of €250 million. At Unieco, he is leading a team implementing an operational, organisational and financial restructuring of the group.
He has been a board member of Burgo Group, a European leading producer of coated and specialty papers since July 2015.
Recently, he served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of a large sportswear company with the responsibility of stabilising its organisation and financial affairs after a business integration process. He led a number of projects in different sectors, such as advising on the creation of Pillarstone, KKR's credit platform in Italy, on the re-organisation plan of a large gaming group and assisted the board of the listed Saes Getters in the reassessment of its financial monitoring and forecasting systems.
Mr. Franzone acted as CRO of companies going through operational and financial turnaround under restructuring procedures, such as Tecnopali Group, an Italian poles and masts manufacturer, Eukedos (formerly Arkimedica), a listed holding company of a healthcare group, and Sixty Group, a fashion apparel group.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Franzone served as managing director on the board of Management & Capitali, an investment firm focused on turnaround situations. Earlier, he served as CEO and lead investor of a successful leveraged buyout of Leggiuno, an Italian textile company. Mr. Franzone began his career at SOPAF, an Italian private equity firm that provided buy-out / buy-in financing and growth capital to enterprises. He moved to UBS, where he served as Italy's country head and CEO of investment banking. For two years he was also head of Italy's investment banking and a member of the global investment banking committee of Calyon S.A., Crédit Agricole's investment bank. During his 15 years in investment banking, he advised corporations on funding and capital structuring needs and led or supervised more than 50 M&A transactions worth U.S. $48 billion, as well as several equity or bond offerings for an aggregate value of U.S. $10 billion.
Mr. Franzone earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, cum laude, from the Università Luigi Bocconi in Italy. An Italian national, he is fluent in Italian and English and has a working knowledge of German.
In 2015, he was nominated by Italy's Ministry of Justice as a member of the Technical Commission in charge of legislative modifications to the Bankruptcy Law.