Role at RSR Partners
Giovanni is a managing director with the firm and co-leader of its Consumer Goods and Services Practice. He is also a member of the firm’s Financial Officers, Marketing Officers, and Hospitality and Leisure Practices. As a consumer sector domain expert, Giovanni has developed relationships globally with clients by providing impactful solutions to talent management and organizational needs.
Experience and Expertise
Prior to joining RSR Partners, he worked for Heidrick & Struggles in Europe, where he was responsible for its operations in Western Europe and subsequently in its New York office. Giovanni brings 25 years of global management experience in the consumer sector, where he has led cross-cultural teams, built brands, designed strategies, and developed organizational structures both locally and nationally. He began his career at KPMG and later acquired operational expertise in marketing, sports management, sales, and general management at Johnson & Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company, and JTI (Japan Tobacco International). In these capacities, Giovanni worked in mature as well as emerging markets on three continents. Giovanni has been a guest speaker on global management and career development at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He has also authored papers on building a culturally diverse organization.
Outside RSR Partners
Giovanni graduated from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has a General Management Program degree from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is a permanent U.S. resident with triple citizenship: Brazilian, Italian, and Swiss. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, German, and French. Giovanni holds a Taekwondo black belt and has represented Brazil in international tournaments. He also enjoys golf and tennis and has run some of the world’s best-known marathons. Giovanni and his wife Gabriela live in Westwood, New Jersey with their four children.