Luca Patanè is the President of Uvet American Express Global Business Travel and of the Uvet Group, a leader in Italian tourism and in providing innovative services and solutions for business trips, mobility, tourism, incoming delegations, and corporate events. Luca Patanè joined Uvet in 1989, working in high-level positions. When his father, the founder of the agency, died, Patanè became Head of Sales, then CEO in 1995, and finally President.
In 2001 Luca Patanè sealed the most important agreement in Italy in the sector of corporate travel: in a joint venture with American Express, he created Uvet American Express – today Uvet Global Business Travel. The Uvet Group thus became the most important provider of tourism services in the Italian market, with a presence in France, Switzerland, Romania, and northern European markets as well after the acquisition of an important Swedish OTA.
Born in Milan in 1961, he earned a degree in Political Science with a focus on statistics. In 1988 he joined BNL, overseeing the promotion of insurance and financial products.
In 1991 he became the Head of the marketing and membership analysis office at Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. In 1996 he joined Uvet Viaggi Turismo as the sales and marketing Director.
Since 2000 he has held the role of CEO for Uvet Viaggi Turismo while, since January 2002, he has been CEO of Uvet American Express. He is a member of the board of Uvet France, a business travel company with headquarters in France.