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Tarek A. Robbiati is a highly-regarded global media, technology and financial services executive, best known for his transformational strategic leadership roles in telecom and technology giants across four continents.
In August of 2018, Mr. Robbiati was named Chief Financial Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (NYSE: HPE). This appointment follows two and half years leading turnaround efforts at Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) as that company’s Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Robbiati previously served as the CEO of the high-growth diversified Australian financial services company Flexigroup ($1.2B USD Mkt. Cap.), Group Managing Director of Telstra International Group, the International Division of Australian telecommunications leader Telstra Corporation ($40B USD Mkt. Cap.), and as the CEO of Telstra’s Hong Kong-based subsidiary CSL Limited ($1B USD annual revenue).
In addition to a number of other significant financial and leadership roles within Telstra, Mr. Robbiati served as EVP and Head of Corporate Finance for Orange Plc, France Telecom’s mobile business in Europe. He also held leadership positions at global credit insurer Atradius, investment bank Lehman Brothers, and the global consultancy Arthur Andersen (now Accenture).
Mr. Robbiati drove Sprint’s recent transformation programme – delivering $6B USD in operational expense reductions over nine quarters and raising $15B of capital in 16 months, setting the table for the company’s strategic future. His award winning leadership at Telstra (Telecom Asia’s “Best Mobile Carrier,” 2011), led Australian business titan Margaret Jackson to personally recruit him to lead Flexigroup through a highly successful transformation that included a radical shift in the core business model.
Mr. Robbiati is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and qualifies as an Audit Committee Financial Expert.
Earlier in his career as an award winning analyst for Lehman Brothers, Mr. Robbiati made his mark on both the growth and value side in telecom, new media, internet, cybersecurity, and related M&A. He began his career as an R&D Engineer for Schlumberger in France.
Mr. Robbiati earned an MBA from the London Business School (1998), a Master of Science in Business Administration from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises, Caen, France (1990), and a Master of Science in Nuclear Physics and Electronics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs, Caen, France (1989).
He holds both Italian and Lebanese citizenship, and is fluent in six languages: English, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and German.