Our Team

Giovanni Lamarca

Managing Director

My Role at RSR Partners

I am a managing director for the firm and co-leader of its Consumer Goods and Services Practice. I am also a member of the firm’s Financial Officers, Marketing Officers, and Restaurant Practices.

How I Deliver Impact

In my experience in corporate life and executive search, I realized that people with passion and perseverance will perform. Great companies have world-class brands, solid strategies, and large budgets, but these ingredients no longer suffice in the recipe for success in the highly volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous, and competitive consumer environment. It is a heterogenous and hyper-connected world. Being insular and homogeneous can be a prescription for failure. I invite my clients to be tenacious, seek outside of their comfort zone, and inject brain, gender, and cultural diversity to challenge the status quo, innovate, and gain a competitive edge. Selecting the right people, with the right mindset and with great learning agility that are equipped to transfer expertise across industries and companies, can and will make a difference. Being client centric, I am keen to deep dive into a client’s culture, understand the landscape in which they operate, the challenges they face, where they are in their journey, and where they want to be. Building a thorough knowledge of my clients enables me to understand the nuances of their needs and unveil unique human capital solutions to bridge their talent gaps. This has significant impact on their businesses.

Expertise I Bring to the Firm’s Clients

My focus is on senior-level assignments in general management, commercial leadership, financial officers, and research and development in the broad consumer and restaurant industries. I leverage my global corporate leadership experience and blend it with executive search to personally care and respond with great speed, agility, accuracy, and quality to my clients’ needs.

Before RSR Partners, I was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles in Europe, where I led their Western Europe business across practices, as well as in their New York office. My clients range from some of the world’s top organizations to family businesses and start-ups.

Prior to executive search, I had a 20 years’ global career trajectory across world-renowned corporations like KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, and Japan Tobacco International in positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, innovation, sports management, and general management. In these capacities, I worked in mature as well as emerging markets on three continents.

I graduated from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and have an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a General Management Program degree from I.M.D. in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Life Outside RSR Partners

I live with my wife and four teenage children in Westwood, New Jersey. Sports and teaching are my passions. I am a blackbelt in Tae-Kwon-Do, an avid golfer, strong tennis player, and have run some of the world’s most famous marathons. I have given lectures on global leadership at the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as at I.M.D. in Lausanne and Pepperdine University. I just completed my training as an adjunct professor at UCLA.

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