Unconventional Education

Carlalberto Guglielminotti was born in Turin in 1983 and spent his childhood and teenage years in the countryside and the Piedmont mountains, devoting himself, almost exclusively until the age of 17, to skiing, cycling and mountaineering.

After abandoning his dream of practicing a professional sport in his final year of high school due to various injuries, he began to focus on his studies, becoming the first in his family to attend university and graduate. Meanwhile, from the age of 15 and until his transfer to Paris, he worked as a metalworker with his father, as well as spending his holidays and free time working as a sports manager in resorts and cruise ships, while volunteering as a 118 rescuer.

Discovering at a later stage his passion for studying, Carlalberto Guglielminotti studied in France, Italy, Israel, and the United States: as a lawyer first, then in philosophy and finally in economics and management.

He received in 2005 a first law degree magna cum laude in France from the University Paris V, a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Turin in 2007 and in 2012 a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the SDA Bocconi School of Management. He also specialized in philosophy in Israel at Haifa University (2005), in New York at the European School of Economics (2007) and most recently at Stanford University (2020).

Assignments and Results

Carlalberto Guglielminotti, 39, is Chief Executive Officer of NHOA (NHOA.PA), once Engie EPS, and member of the Board of Directors and the Strategic Committee of Prima Industrie (PRI:IM).

Since May 2021 he is also Executive Chairman of Free2move eSolutions, the new company created from the joint venture between NHOA and Stellantis.

He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2020, Ambassador of Theodora Foundation and General Secretary of the Ciolina Foundation.

Carlalberto is member of the Board of the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) and of Leadersel Innotech ESG Scientific Committee (Ersel). Moreover, he is Partner and Chairman of the Board of the Advisory Company of 360 Capital, venture capital firm with €400 million assets under management.

In November 2013, he was appointed CEO of EPS (Electro Power Systems), to manage the Chapter 11 of what was, at that time, a research center and a spin-off of the Politecnico di Torino.

In May 2014, after spearheading in record time the complex financial restructuring of the research center, Mr. Guglielminotti relaunched it as a new start-up, using an innovative technology which had been developed in 2005 for the telecommunications sector, and redirected its target application to the energy markets.

Less than one year later, in April 2015, he was leading the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the company, listing EPS on the Paris Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of €55 million. EPS then quickly grew to become an industrial player in renewable energy storage technologies and electric mobility.

Eight months later, in December 2015, Mr. Guglielminotti launched a capital increase and funded the acquisition of a spin-off of the Politecnico di Milano to complete the company’s technological portfolio.

In January 2018, ENGIE, the global energy leader, acquired a majority stake of EPS for an Enterprise

Value of over 108 million euros from its historic shareholders, and then subsequently launched the takeover bid on the French stock exchange leading it to acquire over 60% of EPS capital.

In April 2021 TCC, one of the leading industrial Taiwanese groups active in battery manufacturing, announced the acquisition of the majority stake in Engie EPS for an Enterprise Value of 240 million euros, unfolding new horizons ahead for EPS, that on 20 July 2021 became NHOA.

In May 2021, from the fruitful collaboration between the eMobility division of NHOA and Stellantis, 4th global automaker, was born the joint venture Free2move eSolutions, which designs, produces in Italy and commercializes worldwide innovative products and services for electric vehicles.

In July 2021 NHOA and Stellantis launched Atlante, the first EV Fast and Ultrafast Charging Network enabled by renewables, energy storage and 100% grid-integrated to be initially developed in Southern Europe.

Now NHOA, which reached in 2021 over 450 million euros market cap, has offices in France, Spain, US and Australia, and maintains R&D in its global engineering center in Milano, production and manufacturing in its industrial plant in Valtellina.

With over 300 people of 24 nationalities and a unique team of engineers, NHOA has filed 130 patents around the world and over 1,200 industrial secrets. NHOA now operates through its three Global Business Lines: NHOA Energy, among top five global players in energy storage with over 1GWh under development; Free2move eSolutions, the JV which develops products and services for EV charging and Atlante, the largest fast and ultra-fast charging infrastructure in Southern Europe shaping the future of of a next generation living in harmony with our planet.

For his accomplishments in the industrial sector, commitment to the promotion of positive change through technology, and for his achievements in bolstering the use of renewable energy around the world, in March 2020 Mr. Guglielminotti has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Prior to NHOA venture, Mr. Guglielminotti was an entrepreneur and investor mainly focused on technology, industrial and digital sectors, with a strong expertise in start-ups, growing-stage companies and turnarounds.

In 2011, he was appointed Partner at 360 Capital, one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe with €400 million of assets under management and charged with the development of cleantech and digital portfolio companies. He still maintains this role today focusing exclusively on energy transition and sustainability.

Before joining 360 Capital, Mr. Guglielminotti co-founded two successful technology startups. In 2009, he co-founded Blackshape Aircraft which was acquired by an investment group specialized in aerospace and electronics. Blackshape developed the highest-performing ultra-light aircraft in the world, entirely made of carbon fiber. In 2011, he co-founded Restopolis, now TheFork, a TripAdvisor company dedicated to online restaurant-reservations, with more than 14 million visits and 20,000 partners across Europe.

Previously, he spent four years at Linklaters specializing in structured finance, with a secondment in investment banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland, during which time he also became a qualified lawyer enrolled with the Milan bar.

NHOA, €450 million market cap
Atlante, launched the largest EV infrastructure in Southern Europe
Free2move eSolutions, e-mobility JV with Stellantis
TCC, new majority shareholder
360 Capital, Partner
ERSEL, Leadersel Innotech ESG Scientific Committee
World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader 2020
Prima Industrie, Board of Directors and Strategy Committee
Stanford University, Strategies for Sustainability
ISPI, Board of Directors
Theodora Foundation, Ambassador
EPS, ENGIE’s MTO, €108 million Enterprise Value
European Investment Bank, Innovation Award
▹ EPS, listing in Paris at €55 million market cap
EPS, financial restructuring and exit from Chapter 11
EPS, Chapter 11 start
EPS (Electro Power Systems), CEO appointment
SDA Bocconi School of Management, MBA
360 Capital, Operating Partner
TheFork (formerly Restopolis), co-founder
Qualified Lawyer, Admission to the Italian Bar, Milan (Italy)
Blackshape Aircraft, co-founder
The Royal Bank of Scotland, secondment
Linklaters, associate
European School of Economics, New York, summer program
University of Turin, JD degree summa cum laude

Haifa University, Israel, Philosophy
University Paris Descartes, LL.B degree magna cum laude

Family and social engagement

A former athlete, Carlalberto Guglielminotti loves trail running, skiing and mountaineering, but his main passion is his family, which he “co-founded” with his wife Claudia, with three recent additions to the team: Tommaso in 2015, Edoardo in 2016 and Vittoria in 2020.

In parallel with his entrepreneurial career, Carlalberto Guglielminotti regularly lectures at Europe’s leading polytechnics and business schools, being also a Board member of the Institute for International Policy Studies (ISPI).

He was also appointed in 2019 Ambassador for the Theodora Onlus Foundation, which, since 1995, has the goal of bringing moments of play, listening and smiles to children hospitalized, taking care of their “healthy part”, with the special visits of their Doctor Dreams, professional artists, hired and specifically trained to operate in pediatric hospital wards of high complexity. From 2020 he also plays the role of Secretary General for the Ciolina Foundation, born one hundred and fifty years after the birth of the painter Giovanni Battista Ciolina, great-grandfather of his wife Claudia. The Ciolina Foundation aims at promoting on the Italian territory the artistic and cultural heritage of Italian Divisionism and Post-Impressionism, as well as the Vigezzo Valley, a heritage that Giovanni Battista Ciolina has made known and appreciated throughout Europe, including two Brera Triennials, a Venice Biennale and the Brussels World Expo in 1910.