Carlalberto Guglielminotti is Chief Executive Officer of ENGIE Eps and, in October 2013, he was appointed CEO of Electro Power Systems (EPS), with the mission to manage the Chapter 11 of what was, at that time, a research centre and spinoff of the Polytechnic University of Turin.
In May 2014, after spearheading the complex financial restructuring of the research centre in record time, Mr Guglielminotti decided to target the energy markets by launching a start-up using the innovative technology which had been developed since 2005 and, until then, was deployed only in the telecommunications sector.
Less than one year later, in April 2015, he led the company’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), listing EPS on the Paris Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of €55 million. Since then, the construction of the new EPS from scratch quickly transformed it into a real industrial and global player.
Eight months later, in December 2015, he launched a capital increase and funded the acquisition of a spinoff of the Polytechnic University of Milan to complete the company’s technological portfolio. Afterwards, EPS deployed an installed base of 67 MWh, becoming one of the largest players worldwide for microgrids and utility-scale storage systems.
Two years later, in January 2018, ENGIE, the global energy leader operating in more than 70 countries and the world’s largest independent power producer, took control of the company by acquiring a majority stake, and it launched a tender offer worth over 100% of the capital of EPS for an enterprise value of €108 million.
In September 2018, following the capital increase of €30 million (160% oversubscribed), EPS market capitalization reached €150 million.
Prior to the EPS venture, Mr Guglielminotti was an entrepreneur and investor focused mainly on the high-tech and digital sectors, with strong expertise in start-ups, growing-stage companies and turnarounds.
In 2011, he was appointed Operating Partner at 360 Capital Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe, with responsibilities for the development of the clean-tech and digital portfolio companies. He later became chairman of the advisory company of the fund, a role he still maintains.
Before joining 360 Capital Partners, Mr Guglielminotti was a co-founder of Blackshape Aircraft. Acquired by an investment group that specialises in aerospace and electronics, the company develops and sells the highest-performing ultra-light aircraft in the world, completely made of carbon fibre.
He also co-founded Restopolis, now called TheFork, a TripAdvisor company and leading online restaurant-reservation platform in Europe with almost 14 million monthly visits.
Mr Guglielminotti was born in Turin in 1983. He received an MBA with merit in financial risk management from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in 2012. He graduated with a JD summa cum laude in international law from Université Paris V in 2005 and magna cum laude with a master’s degree in law from the University of Turin in 2006. In 2010, he became a qualified lawyer and was enrolled in the Milan bar.
He specialised in philosophy at the University of Haifa in Israel (2005) and at the European School of Economics in New York (2007). Afterwards, he spent four years at Linklaters between London and Milan, specialising in structured finance, with secondment in investment banking, at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
In addition to his career, Mr Guglielminotti is a regular lecturer and visiting professor at leading European polytechnic universities and business schools.
He enjoys trail running, skiing and mountaineering. However, his main passion is his family, which he “co-founded” with his wife, Claudia, and with two recent additions to the team in 2015 and 2016: Tommaso and Edoardo.