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Massimo Tosato ’80
Executive Vice Chairman, Schroders plc, England
Massimo Tosato was born in Venice in 1954 and lives in London. He is married with three children. Educated at the University of Rome, he received an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1980.
In 1981, Mr. Tosato founded Cominvest S.p.A., an investment banking and asset management organization, and became its chief executive officer.
In 1991, at a time when Cominvest had become a significant independent financial services company, it was sold to the Cassa di Roma Group. He also cofounded Tonic-Ata-Ecom, an advertising company, and served as its chairman from 1982 to 1987. In 1994, he cofounded Viasat Assistance S.p.A., which was subsequently sold in 1997 to the Telecom Italia Group.
In 1995, Mr. Tosato joined Schroders as managing director of investment management in Italy. In 1999, he relocated to London, where he became head of Schroder Investment Management for Continental Europe and the Middle East.
In 2001, he was appointed group managing director, retail, and joined the Schroders plc main board and the group executive committee.
In 2003, he was appointed global head of distribution at Schroders. He is responsible for managing Schroders’s institutional and retail businesses globally across the group.
In May 2007, Mr. Tosato was appointed vice chairman of Schroders in addition to his responsibility for global distribution. He is also in charge of the fund of hedge funds subsidiary, NewFinance Capital.
From April 2002 until April 2005, Mr. Tosato was an independent director of the board of Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Rome. In March 2005, he became a board director of the Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London.
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