He was born in Naples on 24 January 1955. He graduated in Law at the 'Federico II' University in Naples and then took State examinations to practice law. From 1978 to 1980 he worked for a commercial bank before joining the Bank of Italy in 1981. He was assigned to the L'Aquila branch and then transferred to the General Secretariat Department at the Head Office in Rome. In 1984 he moved to the Banking and Financial Supervision Department, first as Head of the Supervisory Regulations Office, then of the Secretariat to the Advisory Committee for the Examination of Irregularities, and finally of the Relations with Authorities and General Government Division.

In 2006 he joined the senior management of the Competition, Regulation and General Affairs Department and in July 2009 was appointed Head of the External Relations and General Affairs Department. He is a delegate to the statutory bodies of the Interbank Deposit Protection Fund and the Depositor's Guarantee Fund of Credit Cooperative Banks.

In September 2015 he was appointed Director General for Property and Tenders, having been Deputy Head since January 2014, and is responsible for procurement and managing the Bank's real estate and artistic assets, including selling properties no longer used for institutional purposes. He is Vice-President of the Supervisory Board for SIDIEF SpA, a real estate company subject to the management and coordination of the Bank of Italy and a member of the Steering Committee of the Eurosystem's Procurement Coordination Office.

He is a member of the Management Committee for Italy's National School of Public Administration.

He has performed numerous roles within the Bank, cooperating with a variety of institutions, notably the public prosecution service, the National Anti-Mafia Office, Consob, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of the Interior and the National Anti-Corruption Authority. He has been called to give expert testimony before the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic as part of legislative work on the prevention and combating of corruption and illegality in general government (2010/11).

From 1998 to 2007 he was visiting professor at the Bocconi University of Milan, teaching a course on Monetary Economics - Financial Market Institutions and Regulation. For several years he held lessons in Criminal Law and Economics at the School for the Finance Police. He has also taught courses for the National Council of the Judiciary, the Anti-Mafia Investigative Office and the Ministry of the Interior. He has been teaching banking supervision and crisis resolution as part of the Banking Law course at the Sapienza – Università di Roma and as part of the course on the Economics of Credit Companies at the Università degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata since 2014.

As well as writing numerous essays on banking law, corporate criminal law and money laundering, he has written various articles and has spoken at several conferences and seminars on the real estate market and the reform of the public procurement system.

Together with Donato Masciandaro, he is the author of Criminalità e intermediazione finanziaria. Economia e diritto and Moneta, banca, finanza. Gli abusi del mercato.