lunedì 9 febbraio 2015

He became a trusted friend and a reference ...

With respect to the memory of Giulio Di Cerbo I write these words to express my sentiments to the family and friends of Giulio. I used to work for Citibank in Brazil and had the satisfaction to work for Citibank Milan in 1999 when I got to know better Giulio.

He became a trusted friend and a reference. I have kept contact with him along the years despite the geographic distance and his open spirit, intelligence, and sincerity was always an inspiration.

I became very sad when I received the news about his passing. He will be truly missed. My prayers are with his family and friends. Kind regards from a friend in São Paulo, Brazil.

Nelson

giovedì 5 febbraio 2015

A kind & gentle man ...

I first met Giulio when Citigroup was created nearly 20yrs ago He was dynamic thinker who understood how to convert large strategies into sustainable revenue.

I was a trader, he was a custodian, together we built things & had fun doing it.

A kind & gentle man, who spent personal capital introducing me to the investment team at the Vatican from which we developed a great relationship.

Always a favourite business trip to the Holy City as the art collection was something we both enjoyed I will never get to try any of his famous olive oil but hope he is now resting in the olive grove that never needs tending.

Kevin

London Stock Exchange Group

mercoledì 4 febbraio 2015

Great person, hugely knowledgeable, a leader ...

Great person, hugely knowledgeable, a leader.

He’s someone who I learnt a lot from and who will be sadly missed.

Matt

London Stock Exchange Group

lunedì 2 febbraio 2015

I will never forget his style, laugh and strive for perfection ...

I was extremely shocked to hear the news about our dear friend and colleague, Giulio. What a loss for everyone. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family as well as the banking communities across Europe and beyond.

I will never forget his style, laugh and strive for perfection. His hard working and professional approach, accompanied by his vibrant personality has certainly set him apart form the rest and made him an unforgettable legend. 

Ciao Giulio – may you rest in peace…..

Yours,

Marta

venerdì 30 gennaio 2015

Farewell to Giulio

Farewell to Giulio - 28.1.2015 - Church St Mary-le-Bow

It's a very sad privilege to stand here today and say a few parting words about our good friend Giulio Di Cerbo. As his former colleague and partner at Citi it is for me to talk about Giulio the banker, the senior executive, the industry figure. But all of you who are here today know that one cannot just remember Giulio as a banker and a business man without also talking about Giulio the person, Giulio the humorous, entertaining and spirited character, the colourful and irreverent spirit, the questioning and innovative mind and Giulio the mentor and friend. Throughout his professional life Giulio was truly not just another expensive suit, even though we all remember his impeccable style and appointment.He was a colourful and engaging original, someone who always questioned the established truths and rules, who constantly searched for ways of doing things better, for the next opportunity, and someone who, more than anything else, was focused on people, on the human side of any situation and on the interactions and relationships of people with him and around him.

Giulio couldn't be or work alone. He always cultivated groups of people, of colleagues and friends around him. People whom he could bounce his ideas off, people who complemented his approach to work, people who shared his enthusiasm or at least provided their support, and people who enjoyed work, who enjoyed the challenge of the new and of good-natured interaction. He had a way to attract people, to make them feel valued and part of something larger. Working with him was unconventional, often unstructured and circular, sometimes frustrating. But ALWAYS entertaining, always good fun.

I first met Giulio during an impromptu interview in New York. I was visiting NY and a friend of mine suggested I interview for a job at Citi I knew nothing about. Giulio happened to be there at the time and I was treated to a one hour monologue ranging from mind mapping, to the Art of Selling, to why I should work for him. He didn't care that I had no idea about the business. That was a detail, a technical obstacle, i.e. not something Giulio bothered too much about. Giulio was not a man who let himself be stopped by technicalities. He focused on other things. Relating to 'things' to processes to aspects of the business he looked for the idea, for ways to change and improve, for means to do something differently or better. He was always certain that once a direction was identified, the practicalities would sort themselves out, or at least would be sorted out by those around him with more of a mind for technicalities. With regards to people, he looked for the right mind-set, for the interest in a challenge, for the willingness to move things forward. And relating to people he did not delegate. He cared about his peoples' development, he quickly understood their strengths and weaknesses - he knew his chickens - as he so often said. He challenged where he could and supported where necessary. He was a natural mentor to so many of us. One of the comments that ring in my ear from when I first started sharing the sad news of Giulio's passing, is the message, often repeated, that Giulio played a truly important role in so many people's careers and lives, that he had helped, guided, and supported so many of us along the way, and that so many of us owe our respect and gratitude for his role in helping us be and become the persons we are today.

While I want to touch on Giulio's career, I won't dwell on the milestones. Giulio wouldn’t have found this interesting or important. I'll limit myself to a brief summary Giulio spent most of his working life at Citi, in multiple disciplines. He started out in the Consumer Bank, spent many years and much exotic travel in the Cash Management organisation, before ultimately joining the securities business, which he was instrumental in building for Citi and which is, of course, the space most of you know him from. He lived and worked in many locations, including Brussels, Athens, Milan, but most of his later working live and the prime of his career was based in London. Giulio occupied many senior positions during his time at Citi, had a vast network within the bank and outside and was always appreciated and consulted by people outside his direct line of business. But above all, Giulio was a client man through and through - true to his passions…people and ideas. Not a man to sit still and tend to his olives when he retired, he continued on working tirelessly in the industry, as consultant to the Romanian securities market, as Chairman of Monte Titoli and as strategic advisor to the LSE. In his last months he had begun to step back from some of his official functions, but he was full of plans and ideas, both for further engagement and investment in the securities industry as well as for new ventures in his second home, Sardinia. He was fully invested in life, it was much too early for him to go.

Today we unite to remember and to celebrate a unique man. A father, a partner, a friend. A mentor, a colourful industry figure. And a fine human being. We will miss you, Giulio. But we will also remember the things you have left us with: the guidance, the fun, the friendship and our personal advancement and successes due to you. All those will stay and endure. What greater legacy can you ask for.

Thank you, Giulio.

Reto

Citi


mercoledì 28 gennaio 2015

Che bella cosa na jurnata'e'sole ...

It is very hard to credit that such a wonderful cheerful friend should have been taken from us so suddenly. I have so many rich memories of Giulio. Quick espressos at London Bridge station when we were based in Cottons Centre, trips to Milan together to see Patrizia and Rowena and the gang, the discussions we had on Infrastructures and about his upbringing as half-Italian, half-English like my son. 

The kindness he showed to us when we dropped in on him in Alghero and his passion for Art Deco. Discussions on the merits of different varieties of skis, coffees, olive oils and of English shoes versus Italian.

I was honoured to be asked to sing at Giulio's Retirement Party and when I hear "O Sole Mio" I shall always think of my pal, chatting away, creating dreams and aspirations with his gentlemanly energy and enthusiasm for life. How he will be missed!

Che bella cosa na jurnata'e'sole
N'aria serena doppo na tempesta
Pe'll'aria fresca pare gia' na festa
Che bella cosa na jurnata'e sole
Ma n'atu sole cchiu' bello, oi ne' 
'O sole mio sta nfronte a te
'O sole o sole mio Sta nfronte a te sta nfronte a te!

Jervis

I will always remember Giulio with a huge smile on my face ...

I will always remember Giulio with a huge smile on my face. He had lots of charisma and energy and was such a fantastic mentor. There was always lots of laughter and fun and I am honoured to have had 10 memorable years working for him and the great team he created.

Caroline

Citi