Meet Francesco


Francesco Tarabini Castellani

Head of Sales EMEA

26 years with Vontobel


Vontobel Asset Management AG

Genferstrasse 27

CH-8022 Zurich


Francesco Tarabini Castellani is Head of Sales EMEA.

After graduating in economics and some experiences in the consumer business in South Asian markets, Francesco joined the Asset Management division of Banca Popolare dell‘Emilia Romagna as Portfolio Manager.

He joined Vontobel Asset Management in Zurich in 1997, and assumed responsibility to develop the fund distribution activity in the Italian market in 1998. In 1999, he became responsible for Institutional Asset Management as well as for Investment Funds for the Italian market.

In 2003, he opened the Italian Vontobel Asset Management company in Milan as Country Head Italy and developed the retail and institutional business in Italy also setting up a local portfolio management division in Milan. End of 2011 he entered the Fixed Income Boutique in Zurich, leading its development from a local small player into a global fixed income manager with excellences in the areas of Corporate Credit, Emerging Market Debt and Global Flexible Bonds. Francesco also lead the expansion in Iberia and LATAM hiring and structuring local sales teams and opened the French market establishing a Branch in Paris. In 2020 he has taken the overall responsibility for distribution in EMEA ex Switzerland leading the sales teams of Italy, Iberia, France, Germany, UK, Nordics and Middle East.

Francesco holds a degree in Economics and Commerce from the Università di Modena.