Dr Maurizio Bragagni: Chairman and CEO of Tratos Ltd, the manufacturing division of global cable-maker Tratos Group. Tratos is an innovation-focused European cable innovator with factories in UK and Italy, offices in five continents and customers worldwide – across power, transport, shipping, communications, oil and gas.
Italian-born Dr Bragagni, 20th April 1975, is based at Tratos’ UK HQ in London and has responsibility for the company’s multi-national manufacturing facilities and a global customer base.
With a Magister Degree In Law from the University of Pisa, and now, an MBA from London’s Cass Business School, he has held a number of strategic positions within Tratos Cavi.
During his time as Export Director he took the group’s manufacturing capability global, establishing Tratos bases in strategic locations for key markets and closer customer relationships. Across Tratos’ key countries – such as China, Spain, UK, Switzerland and Belgium – he has also forged close relationships with countries’ governments to better understand the key to their ways of doing business. Consequently he has been responsible for exponential growth at the company which is now considered one of the largest independent cable manufacturers.
Under his guidance Tratos UK has won government funding and invested heavily in new facilities, creating much needed employment and state of the art centres of excellence for manufacturing and developing next-generation cables.
Passionate about his industry’s ability to drive world-stage progress in customers’ industries; from faster, safer and more efficient processing at the biggest trade ports to super fire-resistant cabling in metro networks, the work he leads includes significant investment in the company’s people.
He introduced the Tratos Academy which focuses on fostering world-class product knowledge, innovative ideas and customer service across company colleagues. The academy is backed by an internal communications programme which aims to share knowledge and promote awareness of new and emerging technology in the cable industry.
As the company has grown internationally he has ensured that service-levels keep pace, with Tratos offices worldwide to ensure customers are fully supported. This has been particularly important as Tratos’ bespoke design work has expanded and the company has become the ‘go-to’ solution for the development of new and advanced cable systems.
He has continued to lead a business defined by practical, inspired and ground-breaking innovation. His passion for new ways of looking at and doing things is at the heart of everything Dr Bragagni involves himself in, from CPD for staff to the development of new ways to help those in need. Indeed he devoted his Cass Business School MBA thesis to ‘The Culture of Innovation’.
The company’s culture of innovation has been developed beyond products and across supply chains. He took the decision to cut out middlemen and secure directly Tratos’ source of raw materials allowing the company to control cost and guarantee supply.
Dr Bragagni is behind several campaigning initiatives to drive better business in the UK and strengthen the mutually beneficial relationship between the UK and Italy.
These include a focus on winning support for breaking BT’s broadband monopoly (a process now underway with Ofcom), introducing faster connectivity for UK PLC, and publishing a White Paper on the hugely negative impact of fake cable for Britain’s smart motorways and the businesses that rely on them.
He has been vocal in demanding that new CPR cable standards go further to ensure safety in public buildings, homes and workplaces and part of that process has included a pledge from Tratos that its own cable production standards will exceed the standards set out in the new legislation.
A devoted patron of the arts and keen supporter of causes that change people’s lives for the better, he is behind the launch of the Esharelife Foundation – which provides a sales-platform connecting artists’ work and customers – with a share of sales benefitting good causes.
He is Vice President PEMA, a member of BCA (British Cables Association), ANIE Federation (representing the electrotechnical and electronic companies operating in Italy), ACI (Approved Cables Initiative), IOD (Institute of Directors) and Oil & Gas UK.
He is also a non-executive director of UK mobile personal health monitoring start-up siHealth Ltd. siHealth’s app technology enables real-time self-monitoring to help wearers prevent skin damage from over exposure to UV.
In 2016 Dr Bragagni was recognised with the Keynes Sraffa Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK – for his ongoing commitment to promoting greater co-operation between the two countries. In accepting the award, he joins the company of previous recipients including Lord Eddie George, former Governor of the Bank of England; Antonio Fazio; former Governor of Banca d’Italia; Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, former Chairman of Ferrari and Fiat; Sir John Sunderland CBE, former president of the Confederation of British Industry; Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and Francesco Profumo, the Italian engineer and academic, previously Italy’s Minister for Education.
Ahead of advanced Brexit negotiations he brokered an introduction between British-based businesses and former Italian Senate President, Senator Marcello Pera, President of the Italian Senate. In 2018 he is standing for the Italian Senate focussed on a role dedicated to helping Italians in business abroad.
At the end of 2017 he was presented with The Big Ben Award one of China’s business community’s most prestigious acknowledgements for business leadership.
The award is organised by the British Chinese Youth Federation (BCYF) and recognises the people who contribute most to the relationship between China and the nations it trades with.
Previous luminaries to have received one of these awards include snooker World Champion, Junhui DING, celebrity violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson and House of Fraser COO Peter Gross.
Dr Bragagni has been married to Alessandra since 2003 and together they have four daughters.
- Lloyd’s Register – Best Italian Client Award (2017)
- Knowsley Business Awards – Manufacturer of the Year (2017)
- Chineses Business Community’s Big Ben Awards – International Business Leadership Prize (2017)
- CERVED – Company to Watch Award (2017, 2016)
- Knights Hospitaller (Order of Saint John of Jerusalem) Award (2017)
- Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK – Keynes Sraffa Award (2016)
- Knowsley Business Awards – Commercial Developer of the Year (2015)