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Raffaella Rao

Region: Europe/Middle East/Africa
Tel: (+39) 02 7208981

Signium Italy
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Practice Groups: Professional Services, Consumer, Leadership Consulting


Raffaella Rao is Director and Head of Leadership Services Practice of Signium Italy in the Milan office since 2014. 
She joined Signium as Research Manager in 2008.

Her areas of expertise are Consumer Goods, Retail and has also significant experiences with family-owned business advisory and specifically for Management Development projects.

From 2001 to 2008 she worked as a Senior Associate for Heidrick & Struggles, where she was involved in domestic and–more extensively–cross-border projects within different industries. She was also Project Leader of  the Talent Observatory group, which focused on identifying high potentials in the FMCG sector. 

Prior to joining H&S International, she worked with Russell Reynolds Associates as Research Associate where Raffaella successfully set-up the in-house Practice for Legal Counsel, by creating and developing a ad hoc database.

Raffaella Rao has written many articles about Executive Search and Management topics for Harvard Business Review and “L’Impresa” (Il Sole 24 Ore). 

Raffaella Rao holds a degree in Corporate Law from L.U.I.S.S. International University, Rome and a Master in Human Resources Management from Università Cattolica of Milan.
She speaks fluent Italian and English.