Vittorio Colao

Senior Advisor



Vittorio Colao is a Senior Advisor at General Atlantic, providing strategic support and advice to the firm’s investment teams and portfolio companies in the EMEA region. Before joining General Atlantic in 2019, Vittorio served as Group Chief Executive of international communications company Vodafone Group Plc for over ten years. During his over 20-year tenure with Vodafone Group, Vittorio held numerous executive positions, leading the start up of the Italian business and orchestrating the organic growth of European, African and Asia-Pacific markets. During his tenure he transformed Vodafone from a consumer-focused mobile operator into one of the largest full communications groups in the world by investing organically around €100bn and inorganically around €50bn.

Vittorio was also Group CEO of RCS Media Group, a leading Italian publishing company operating in Italy, Spain and France. Prior to that, he was a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Milan office.

Current Board Affiliations

Unilever, Non-Executive Director
Verizon, Board Member

Historical Board Affiliations

European Round Table of Industrialists, Vice-Chairman
Harvard Business School, Dean’s Advisory Board, European Advisor
McKinsey, Advisory Board Member


Bocconi University, Business Degree
Harvard Business School, MBA

Community Involvement

Bocconi University, Italy, Executive Trustee
Cometa, Advisory Board Chair
the Oxford Martin School at University of Oxford, Advisor