Ward Howell International Opens Office in Milan

March 15, 2019 – Global recruiter Ward Howell International has continued its recent expansion with the opening of a new office in Milan. The office consists of 12 people and is led by Luigi Mancioppi, managing partner and chairman Italy, and Vito Gioia, managing partner and director Italy. The team is strengthened by Marcello Marcellini as partner, two associate partners, Massimo Misticoni and Marco Saltalamacchia, as well as Gabriella Espertini as consultant.

“We are all very excited to have now such an experienced group of professionals in Italy,” said Bernd Prasuhn, chairman. “The competence and experience of the team is extensive and rooted in decades of experience in the executive search industry.”

Mr. Mancioppi has completed more than 400 projects in his executive search career. His experience in search spans over almost 20 years with Amrop where he was partner and chairman of Amrop in Italy before joining Ward Howell. Mr. Mancioppi started his career in human resources with IBM, holding the senior position of employee relations manager for marketing personnel, working also in the U.S. headquarters. Subsequently, he was personnel director, Southern Europe, of GE Information Services and director of personnel and organization for the fine chemical activities of the ENI Group.

“After many years in the executive search business I have been very positively surprised to have found in Ward Howell such enthusiastic and innovative approach to the business,” said Mr. Mancioppi. “Today competence, engagement, speed, flexibility but also self-confidence are crucial and I really found them in Ward Howell.”

Prior to joining Ward Howell, Mr. Gioia was managing director Italy for Amrop, where he worked for 11 years. He has consolidated experience and vast experience both for multinational and domestic clients in many industries and particularly for family businesses. Having conducted searches in numerous industries, Mr. Gioia brings a unique insight to the market. His expertise is steering highly sought talent to rapidly growing companies, by engaging and building trusted relationships, and being a thought leader for both candidates and employers. Mr. Gioia started his career working in Ruder Finn and subsequently joined PWC where he set up and managed the HR consulting division providing leadership solutions and executive search services.

Impressive Backgrounds

“Italy is the second European manufacturing country after Germany and 85 percent of companies are family-owned,” said Mr. Gioia. “Together with my partners of the Ward Howell family business practice I can better accompany our Italian clients in the internationalization of Italy.”

Mr. Marcellini has over 20 years of experience in the global executive search industry. After 10 years spent with Honeywell Information Systems as HR director, he started his search career at Tasa International (then TMP Worldwide Executive Search) in Italy in 1991 until 2000, executing senior executive searches in multinational technology and manufacturing companies. In 2000, he continued the same executive activities with Heidrick & Struggles and Amrop, before joining Ward Howell. Mr. Marcellini’s consulting practice is focused on the digital/technology, industrial and life sciences practices.

Mr. Misticoni started in the executive search field in 1994, as partner of TASA International, and since 2018 he has been partner of Amrop, before joining Ward Howell Italy. His main focus is in the consumer, private banking, industrial and automotive sectors. Massimo is a highly qualified professional, with a significant background in management and executive search and consolidated experience in Italian and International business. Mr. Misticoni started in Procter & Gamble in the marketing area and spent 15 years in Playtex International, where he was marketing director Spain, managing director Italy and VP Europe.

Mr. Saltalamacchia’s career development started in the industry where he spent 25 years before entering the consulting business, especially focusing in the automotive business. His last position was SVP of BMW AG in charge for the European Region. Previously, he held various positions at Renault where his last appointment was director at the Paris headquarter in charge for the international network development. In 2010, after more 25 years in industry, Mr. Saltalamacchia moved into the business and investment consulting, founding his own company.

Ms. Espertini has been working in the executive search for 25 years. She started her career at Tasa International, a Swiss multinational, and later moved to the American group TMP Worldwide. She then participated in the start up of Asa Executive Search. Before joining Ward Howell, she worked at Amrop Italy. She is a generalist and she handled several assignments both at national and international level. Her experience spans a wide variety of sectors and functional areas, but she is particularly expert in industrial, financial services and consumer/retail.


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Ward Howell International has a network of more than 130 partners across 26 offices. As one of the pioneers in the search industry, the firm works with corporate boards and senior leadership to deliver immediate and impactful performance gains through better leaders, teams and organizations.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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