Tell us about your journey
After completing my university studies in Turin and Trondheim in Norway, I began my career in 2011 at General Electric, an American multinational company. I took part in a leadership programme where I had the opportunity to rotate roles and locations every 6 months (in Florence, Belfast, and Houston), serving as an IT business partner to support various business functions (engineering, sales, supply chain management). This programme gave me the opportunity to appreciate how technology and the diversity of an international context can drive change in a company. This allowed me to continue my development, first as a European IT manager responsible for guiding the integration process of a new company in the UK and Denmark, and then as an IT manager in Italy accompanying the digital transformation of an aircraft engine production and maintenance plant. Another factor in my development over recent years has been the opportunity to test myself outside my comfort zone. In 2018, I returned to the United States as a customer success manager for North and South America to guide the integration and commercial growth of a software acquisition in the Aviation division's portfolio. I had the opportunity to take on new challenges and more fully appreciate how technology not only drives change but also creates new business opportunities, by exploiting the potential of data analysis and the digitalisation of processes.
What does your work bring you?
My work allows me to put myself to the test and, above all, to collaborate and deal with ideas and constantly changing situations. I have always been lucky enough to fulfil roles that have given me the opportunity to express my ideas and achieve ambitious goals on a journey marked by many successes but also failures, resulting in constant personal and team improvement.
What do you bring to Atlantia?
I believe I bring a mix of international experience to Atlantia, as well as a different point of view that can enrich the change and transformation process already underway. I have also contributed best practices to support the digital growth process which brings people closer to technology by turning a need into an opportunity that involves us all.
What does Atlantia represent for you?
Atlantia definitely poses a new challenge and raises the bar for me in a context of radical change in which we are helping to shape the Atlantia of the future, where we can put forward our ideas and try out new technologies and ways of working.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced during your time with the company?
There are countless challenges and every day we have to reinvent the ways we approach them, but the biggest challenge we constantly face is time. Digital transformation entails putting together time, resources, and tools to lay foundations that must then be made scalable. Atlantia has launched a transformation process that allows us to have resources and tools, but the greatest challenge is to complete it within a very tight timeframe. Atlantia's management of time and priorities is what gives all of us such a great opportunity.
What is your biggest achievement in this role?
The biggest achievement will undoubtedly be looking back at the end and appreciating the transformation process brought about by the whole Atlantia team, which is why we created the Atlantia Reloaded brand. So far, the greatest achievement has been building a strategy, a team, and a new digital structure from scratch.
What advice would you give to university students or young professionals thinking about a career in your area?
You should definitely set yourself a goal every 5 to 10 years and identify what you need to do to achieve it by looking for work and personal experiences and opportunities to facilitate the process. The clearer the goal is, the easier it is to achieve. Once you have defined the goal, you should put yourself in a position to achieve it. I would suggest three things:
- Do something you are really passionate about. This gives you the impetus to move forward, overcome obstacles and find solutions. It's what motivates you to carry on; otherwise, everything gets more difficult.
- Take risks. You should take the sort of risks that can help you to grow, and above all reflect when things don't go the way you want them to. But the risk should always be calculated, and you should have a plan B up your sleeve.
- Undertake activities that are outside your comfort zone. Growth is about stretching your limits and learning from mistakes, initiating a process of continuous personal feedback and understanding which aspects you constantly need to improve. In your comfort zone, you're not forced to put yourself to the test.
Where do you see Atlantia and yourself in 5 years?
I definitely see Atlantia moving along an international growth path in connection with businesses that are increasingly linked to innovation and digital transformation. As far as I'm concerned, I hope to be part of this process by seeking out new challenges to tackle.