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Lt. Gen. Pietro FINOCCHIO, born in Naples on 31st March 1945, joined the Italian Air Force Academy on 1963.
He received a University degree (cum laude) in Electronic Engineering from Polytechnic of Naples and has been appointed “Avionics System Flight Test Engineer” by the ITAF flight test centre.
He also carries a civil pilot and parachutist licence.
Among the others, along his career he held the following positions.
- Within Italian Air Force
- Technical Director of Flight Test Centre (Pratica di Mare)
- Director of Tornado General Maintenance Centre
- Chief of EFA and AMX aircraft logistic Branch of Air Force Staff.
- Within MOD Italy
- Chief of Aircraft research and development projects Department
- Chief of Aircraft, engines and avionics procurement Department
- Director of Technical Coordination office of Telecommunication, Air Defence and Air Traffic Control Department.
- Chief of National Armament Directorate R&T Department.
- General Manager of NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency)
- General Director of Teledife(Mod It procurement and contractual agency for ICT and high technology)
Lt. Gen. FINOCCHIO has also a large experience in NATO /International environment, namely:
- Technical Defence Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Washington (DC)
- Host Country Inspector for NADGE Programme
- Co-chairman of the Anglo-Italian Management Committee and member of the Policy Group of EH101 helicopter program
- Head of IT Delegation to Joint Executive Committee and member of the Steering Committee of NH90 helicopter program.
- Director of Italian programme and member of the Policy Group of FLA (Future Large Aircraft) program.
- Chairman of WEAG Panel II (research and technology)
- Chairman of WEAO Research and Technology Committee
- Chief of IT Delegation to Nato RT Board.
He retired from the service on the 1st april 2010
He is currently president of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Rome Chapter, and Vice President of the Italian Institute of Navigation President.
Lt.Gen. FINOCCHIO is married with Mrs Enrica and has a daughter and a son and four grand children