Paolo Scaroni was born in Vicenza on 28 November 1946.
After graduating in economics at the Universitŕ Luigi Bocconi, Milan in 1969, he worked for three years at Chevron, before obtaining an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and continuing his career at McKinsey. In 1973 he joined Saint Gobain, where he held a series of managerial positions in Italy and abroad, until his appointment as head of the Glass Division in Paris in 1984. From 1985 to 1996 he was Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Techint. In 1996 he moved to the UK and was Chief Executive Officer of Pilkington until May 2002.
From May 2002 to May 2005 he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Enel and from 2005 to July 2006 he was Chairman of Alliance Unichem.
Paolo Scaroni has been Chief Executive Officer of Eni from June 2005 to May 2014.
He is currently Non-Executive Director of Assicurazioni Generali, Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of London Stock Exchange Group, Non-Executive Director of Veolia Environnement. Besides he is in the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School and Fondazione Teatro alla Scala.
In May 2004 Paolo Scaroni was appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro of the Italian Republic and in November 2007 he was decorated as an Officier of the Légion d'honneur.