Manuela Soffientini



Born in 1959, she graduated in Economics in 1983 at the Università Cattolica of Milan. 

She started her professional life at Henkel Italia reaching the position of Product Manager Perlana and Dixan. From 1990 up to 1997 she worked as Marketing Manager first and then as Marketing and Sales Director at Nuova Forneria, a joint-venture among the SME, Barilla and Ferrero groups (dealing in the food and snacks market). 

In 1997, she entered the Philips group: at the beginning in Philips Lighting as Manager Consumer Lamps and Batteries, establishing a new organization to develop the penetration of Philips in the Italian market (lamps and batteries); thereafter, in 2001 she was appointed General Manager of Philips DAP Italy. In 2008, she entered Philips Consumer Lifestyle, where she took the position of Deputy Chairwoman and General Manager responsible for the small domestic appliances and consumer electronics business, with the specific task to complete the integration of the two former organisations. In May 2012, she took the position of Chairwoman and Managing Director of Electrolux S.p.A., Major and Small Appliances and International, while in January 2021 she was appointed Chairwoman of Electrolux Italia S.p.A., the Italian holding of the Group. 

She was President of Confindustria Applia Italy from June 2016 to June 2021. Board member at: 

 • Pirelli S.p.A. from 2012 to 2016; 

 • Geox S.p.A. from 2016 to 2019; 

 • Banco Bpm from 2017 to date.