Paolo Scaroni

Paolo Scaroni was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1946.

He became CEO of ENI, one of the most important integrated oil companies in the world, in May 2005.

Paolo Scaroni obtained an economics degree from Milan’s Bocconi University in 1969 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1973.

For a year following business school, he was an associate at McKinsey & Company. From 1973 until 1985, he held a series of positions with Saint Gobain, culminating with his appointment as President of the Saint Gobain flat glass division.

In 1985, Paolo Scaroni became CEO of Techint. During his time at Techint, he was also Vice President of Falck and executive Vice President of SIV, a joint venture between Techint and Pilkington plc. He joined Pilkington in 1996 and was group CEO until May 2002.

From June 2002 to June 2005 he was CEO of Enel, Italy ’s leading electricity utility.

Paolo Scaroni is a member of the Board of Il Sole 24 Ore and of Teatro alla Scala. He is Chairman of Alliance Unichem plc (UK), as well as member of the Board of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (Amsterdam) and the board of the Columbia Business School (New York).

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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