Pietro Palella was born in Cremona in 1951. In 1974 after the graduation in engineering from the University of Pavia he begins his career in Italtel Research & Development laboratories (STET group).
In 1978 he joins SGS becoming Responsible for Product Marketing. He is then appointed as Product Manager for semi-custom products. In 1986 he become Business Director of the new ST branch that deals with ASIC, Innovative Silicon Technology. In 1997, Mr. Palella becomes General Manager of the Wireline Products Division and in 2002 he is appointed as Group General Manager for the Auto market.
In April 2006, the Board of Directors of STMicroelectronics, the Italian subsidiary of STMicroelectronics Group, appoints Palella as General Manager of the Company. In April 2012 Palella becomes President and CEO of STMicroelectronics Italy until 2019.