Ericsson exec Elisabetta Romano becomes CTO of TIM

27 April 2018 | Alan Burkitt-Gray


TIM has appointed former Ericsson executive Elisabetta Romano as its CTO. She will join the company on 1 July.

A computer scientist, Romano has spent almost 20 years in Ericsson, in Rome until 2009 and then in Stockholm and, for the last three years, in Santa Clara.

For the past year she has been executive VP and general manager of Ericsson’s packet core and identity management unit, working on network slicing and distributed cloud at the edge, with a team of 3,000 driving the evolution of packet core to 5G.

At TIM, the former Telecom Italia, she will report directly to CEO Amos Genish. The company said: “She will be responsible for ensuring technological innovation, evolution of the networks, and for the information technology required to support TIM’s digitisation process at group level.”

Romano graduated as master of computer science in 1987 from the University of Salerno, after which she joined the former Alcatel – now part of Nokia – before moving to Ericsson in 1998.

In her new role with TIM, Romano “will also oversee the integration of engineering processes, and the development of technological infrastructure, platforms and IT applications, as well as the governance of the related businesses”, said the company.

TIM said that Romano “is the latest in a string of new senior hires to join the group, all of whom are highly qualified, experienced, and internationally recognised for their expertise”.

The company added: “She follows the recruitment of Stefano Siragusa as head of network infrastructure, Riccardo Meloni as head of human resources, and Pietro Scott Jovane as head of commercial.”