Mark V. Santo
Mark V. Santo is an accomplished senior executive with extensive international business, law, and finance and management experience.
international legal career following his
graduation from Georgetown University Law Center
with a post-graduate law degree in International and Comparative Law.
Over a twenty year career in international law, business and finance and traveling the world many times over, Mark
has acquired an extensive network of international associates and colleagues at the highest levels of law, business, academia, and world affairs.
During his career, Mark has continued to deepen his life-long interest for world affairs and foreign policy matters and has served as President and CEO of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.
Early in his career, Mark joined the Finmeccanica Group of Rome Italy as its chief US-based counsel.
Finmeccanica is a world leading aerospace conglomerate and is engaged in the development, design and manufacture of aircraft, helicopters, satellites, missile systems and other equipment for the defense, aeronautics, transportation, helicopter, energy, space, information technology and microelectronic industries.
In 1990, Finmeccanica posted Mark to its largest US operation at that time, the Bailey Controls Company of Wickliffe, Ohio where he served as Elsag Bailey's Group Vice President and General Counsel.
While serving in this role, Mark played a key senior executive role in transforming the Elsag Bailey Group into the most important investment in the US by an Italian company at that time.
Specifically, Mark served as a senior executive engaged in the execution of over $3+ billion dollars of cross border mergers and acquisitions for the Elsag Bailey Group.
This consolidation program within the industrial process automation sector resulted in Elsag Bailey revenue growing from $200 million to $2 billion within a seven-year period, and culminated in a workforce of 12,000 employees and 40 operating units in 25+ countries.
By 1999, the Elsag Bailey Group
became the second largest process automation group in the world, with its shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange
In 1999, Mark was a key manager with respect to Finmecannica's divestiture program which included the sale of the Elsag Bailey Group.
Following a worldwide auction by Merril Lynch International of the Elsag Bailey Group
, a sale of the Group was made to Asea Brown Boveri
("ABB") for $2.1 billion dollars at a 100% increase in share value.
Following the sale of Elsag Bailey
pursued investment and management opportunities in the industrial technology sector.
Since then Mark has worked extensively in the high technology sector and has assisted organizations in the raising of private equity and venture capital investment as well as serving in senior executive management roles.
Most notably, in 2003, Mark
acquired Parvus Corporation
, an aerospace electronics group based in Salt Lake City on behalf of a European-based embedded systems conglomerate, the Eurotech Group
Following this acquisition, Mark served as President of Parvus Corporation and successfully led the restructuring of Parvus and grew its revenue and profitability over the next three years.
Today, Mark continues to advice and counsel high technology concerns in the internet realm and clean energy sector as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Formation and Implementation at the Donahue Graduate School of Business of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.