Vice President of European Sales and Operations, Tesla Motors
Cristiano oversees Tesla’s fast-growing European operations from the company’s EU headquarters in Windsor, UK. Before joining Tesla in January 2010, he lead mission-critical divisions at Fiat, served as CEO of an Italian start-up and served as a member of the management committee of the Organizing Committee of the XX Winter Olympic Games.
Cristiano joined Fiat in 1995 as a marketing analyst and rose to the vice president level, most recently overseeing the strategy and operations of the rent-a-car and used car department for European markets. Carlutti was also in charge of the Flagship development project, a €150 million program which established a network of company-owned dealerships throughout Europe.
He also served on the Organizing Committee of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. As managing director of media operations and press chief for the 2006 games, Carlutti helped to create and manage a €13 million media operation with 20 venues serving more than 3,000 journalists. Before that he was CEO of Autocontact Italia, where he was in charge of reselling and servicing more than 90,000 vehicles per year.
Cristiano has a degree in business administration from the University Luigi Bocconi in Milan, and he’s lectured on business and entrepreneurship at several universities in his native Italy. He is fluent in English, French and Italian, and he has lived in Germany, Russia, Ireland and the United States.