Gelsomina Vigliotti is appointed Chair of the EIF

Gelsomina Vigliotti is appointed Chair of the EIF

 December 22, 2022

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The Board of Directors of the European Investment Fund has appointed Gelsomina Vigliotti as Chair of the EIF Board, the EIB Group's SME-support arm.

Gelsomina takes over from President Hoyer, who temporarily held the position of Chair of the EIF.

Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, who served as Chair of the EIF Board until Gelsomina's appointment, said: “I am delighted by Gelsomina Vigliotti’s appointment as Chair of the EIF. Gelsomina has a wealth of experience and true European passion. I wish her best success and look forward to continuing our cooperation as she takes on her new role along with her duties as Vice President of the EU bank.”

“I am delighted to be appointed as Chair of the European Investment Fund, the EIB Group's SME-support arm. Working with hundreds of financial partners across Europe, the EIF plays a crucial role in supporting the investment needs of small and medium-sized businesses and in ensuring that innovative entrepreneurs can to turn bright ideas into viable business propositions. This is as important for the entrepreneurs as it is for the European economy,” said Gelsomina. 

“SMEs are the backbone of Europe’s economy, and the EIF’s role is especially important at this time of uncertainty as Europe faces immense economic challenges and intense global competition. Innovation, digitalisation, and climate action are at the core of the Fund’s business and, now more than ever, are key to promoting a smooth green and digital transition.” 

An impressive leadership career 

Gelsomina, an Italian citizen, is a Vice President and member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Gelsomina's areas of oversight at the EIB include financing SMEs and mid-caps, equity and equity-type products, counterpart monitoring and restructuring, new products, special transactions, microfinance, as well as operations in Italy, Malta, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine.

During her career at the Italian Treasury, Gelsomina's held several positions covering domestic and international economic policy. Before Gelsomina's appointment as EIB Vice President, Gelsomina was Director General for International Financial Relations at the Italian Treasury, responsible for coordinating activities related to the international economic, monetary and financial system and multilateral development institutions. In this position, Gelsomina served as Deputy-Deputy to the G7 and G20 groups.

Gelsomina also served as the Italian Alternate Governor of the major multilateral development banks, member of the European Investment Bank Board of Directors, member of the Administrative Council of the Council of Europe Development Bank, and Alternate Director of the European Stability Mechanism.

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