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Christopher Carnicelli 1993
Global Executive Credits His Roots
Christopher Carnicelli is the Chairman and CEO of Generali in the United States, part of a Fortune Global 500 company with offices in 60 countries. When he credits his Pace Law education with providing his career path, one could naturally assume his focus was international law. Though he took advantage of the London Law Program, an experience he described as “fantastic,” Carnicelli says his early focus was actually environmental law since he had earlier founded a small environmental firm, Carnell Environmental Inspections.
After obtaining his JD in 1993, Carnicelli joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker and then Pino & Associates in White Plains. While at Pino & Associates, Carnicelli represented Generali in environmental defense cases. In 1996, that client brought him in house to serve as their general counsel.
By 1999, Carnicelli had advanced to CEO of Generali U.S. Branch and then moved to London in 2003 to become CEO of Generali's United Kingdom branch, where he lived just about a block or so away from where he resided as a student in the London Law Program.
Five years later, Carnicelli was back in the U.S. running all of Generali's U.S. operations, which include the second largest life reinsurance company, a property and casualty company in New York, an Employee Benefits business in New Jersey, and an assistance company across the U.S.
“There is absolutely no doubt that my experiences at Pace Law helped me to get to where I am today,” says Carnicelli. “The Pace London program helped me to gain an international perspective and the environmental emphasis helped me to land the job where I represented Generali.”
With a successful global career and an enviable world travel record, Christopher Carnicelli is happy to be back living in Westchester with his wife, Elizabeth ’95, and their two sons, William and Lance. In fact, his family resides close to where he grew up, and his law school classmates remain among his closest friends.