Seniority, versatility, pragmatism and common sense
The crucial transitions in the life of a company require mature judgment.
That's why the average age of our consultants is 45+, and each has more than 15 years of consulting experience. In addition, GEA has just one junior consultant for every two seniors – numbers that go against the mainstream in our field, where high-leverage teams are the norm.
GEA's senior consultants are adept at combining strategic vision and analytical capacity; specialized expertise and general management skills; the ability to interact with top managers and entrepreneurs as well as with their organizations' operational people.
Marco Chinello joined GEA in 1999, shortly after earning an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic. He subsequently attended specialization courses at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago and the London Business School, and over the years has gained broad expertise in the areas of supply chain design and management working on numerous projects for major manufacturing and distribution companies and third-party logistics operators. He has also in-depth knowledge of product development processes and product lifecycle management, particularly in the food sector, as well as being highly skilled at understanding the closely interconnected links between business processes and IT systems, and mediating between functional needs and the development and parameterization of software solutions. Marco combines a big-picture approach to problem-solving, in terms of strategy and organization, with a strong analytical and quantitative mindset. He teaches supply chain logistics and management in particular at the International Institute for the Management of Logistics (IML) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Master Publitalia program in Milan. A member of the technical committee for the magazine "Logistica" ("Logistics"), Marco became a GEA Partner in 2011.
Luigi Consiglio holds an Economics and Business degree from the Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He joined GEA in 1987 and from 2009 is GEA's President. Luigi is one of world's top experts in the food and FMCG sectors, where he has deep expertise in competitive and industry dynamics and sales channels, especially Horeca. He has consolidated and fine-honed his skills through work with both Italian manufacturing companies and major retailers, and helped some of Italy's most important companies to grow through internationalization, new project development, access to new distribution channels and restructuring.
He is an expert in the assessment and redefinition of strategic positioning and the operational implementation of major company changes, as well as in all of the extraordinary initiatives in a company's life. He has successfully handled various complex projects for international integration.
Gianpaolo Fascina holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Milan Polytechnic and an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, and attended IMD's Program for Executive Development (PED) in Lausanne. A Senior Partner, he joined GEA in 1984.
In Gea Gianpaolo Fascina is leader of the Family Business practice and "Continuing Family Business" course director.
He works with numerous clients as a knowledge leader in organizational structures and the strategic use of IT, with a particular focus on organization and business transformation (business models, turnaround and restructuring, process re-engineering, and performance and productivity with special attention to sales and marketing) and information advantage (building information advantage in distribution, sales and marketing, digitalizing products and services, business strategy, IT strategy and planning).
His recent assignments include the development of a new business model for a leading games and entertainment company, process reorganization for an important FMCG company, assistance in innovating new technological services for a leading European household appliances company, and the development of IT strategic planning for a major Italian multinational.
Gianpaolo teaches at the Publitalia Master in Business Communications (Milan) as well as at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the International Institute for the Management of Logistics (IML), also in Lausanne. For many years he was a contract professor at the Department of Economics of the Polytechnic University of the Marche. He has authored numerous articles, including "Augmented Design: A New Approach to Integrating Organizational Capabilities and Information Technology Design" with J. J. Sviokla and B. R. Konsynski of the Harvard Business School, and participated in training and research programs at HBS and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is President of the IMD Alumni Club of Italy.
Senior Partner & CEO
Luciano Giannetti has spent most of his professional career in GEA, which he joined in 1989 following work with Olivetti (1984-87) and Andersen Consulting (1987-89).
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic and attended IMD's Program for Executive Development (PED) in Lausanne.
In his many years with GEA Luciano has worked for both leading Italian companies and multinationals, defining strategy, developing business and reorganizing structures and processes, mainly in the sectors of fashion and luxury, FMCG, durable goods and services.
Senior Partner & CEO
Cristiano Grosa has gained deep expertise through many projects for medium-sized and large companies in the areas of management control, corporate finance, M&A. After receiving a degree in
Business Economics he began working as a controller, later completing his training with a full time MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and the Program for Executive Development
(PMD) at the IMD in Lausanne. With GEA since 1987, Cristiano has started his career in developing management information systems and improving processes in administration, materials management and sales & distribution. He is a recognized expert in business intelligence and corporate performance management processes (planning, budgeting, reporting, profitability analysis), and in the related “top tier” software tools. At a strategic level, he has been involved in several performance improvement projects, M&A deals, valuations and business due diligence, corporate restructuring. He integrates his functional knowledge with a solid business vision of all of GEA's main sectors of expertise, from FMCG to retail. He is an angel investor in several startups.
Stefano Pellandini is working in the area of strategy and general management.
He holds a degree in Engineering from the Lausanne Polytechnic and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne.
He has developed expertise both in Italy and abroad in managing strategic and operational redesign projects and providing support for their implementation.
He works for both entrepreneurial groups and large companies on strategic planning, the development of mid-term and turnaround plans, company assessments, business due diligence, and decision analysis.
In the past, in the role of general director he also led plans for the operational and financial re-launch of Italian and Swiss companies.
Stefano teaches at the Master's degree program at the International Institute for the Management of Logistics (IML) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he heads the "Designing Supply Chain Management" course.
Fabrizio Tellarini joined GEA in 1986. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA from the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan; he has also attended numerous executive development programs at Harvard Business School and Stanford University, as well as being involved in research activities at HBS.
Fabrizio works with major Italian companies who are global leaders in their industries, helping their top management find ways to combine innovation and efficiency.
He brings a mix of experience, method, peripheral vision, enthusiasm and energy to projects involving major industrial restructuring, new product platform launches and new organizational structures.
Fabrizio teaches production innovation at the MBA program of the Milan Polytechnic's MIP School of Management and heads the "Designing Supply Chain Management" course at the International Institute for the Management of Logistics (IML) in Paris.
He has also taught courses in the area of technology and operations at the MBA program of the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan. He collaborates with professors from the Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on projects for GEA clients, and has served as President of the European Logistics Consultants (ELC Group).
In his free time, he is a mountain-climber and marathon runner; he has also sailed two single-handed trans-Atlantic races.
Guido Zanetti holds an Engineering degree and an MBA from the Milan Polytechnic's MIP School of Management.
Following a period in the corporate world, he joined GEA in 1999 to set out on a consulting career.
He began in the area of operations but later acquired significant experience in the commercial and organizational areas as well.
Over the years Guido has handled more than 100 projects for important clients in the FMCG, durable goods, services and renewable energy sectors.
He is an expert on business process redesign and in assisting client companies to improve over time, with a special focus on organizational change management.
He has deep supply chain expertise, consolidated in areas such as logistic network redesign, infrastructure resizing and the management of outsourcing processes for logistics and distribution activities.
In recent years Guido has also acquired expertise in the redesign of commercial networks and of complex distribution networks, using an innovative approach that he developed based on advanced simulation tools.
Senior Partner & CEO
Tito Zavanella has been with GEA since 1991.
He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Milan Polytechnic and an MBA from the same institution's MIP School of Management. In his twenty years of consulting experience, Tito has worked with leading companies operating in different sectors and product divisions (durable household goods, food and non-food FMCG, apparel textiles, etc.) and at different levels of the value chain (raw material extraction and transformation, manufacturing, third-party logistics, and wholesaling and retailing).
His projects have focused on strategic repositioning, improving operational efficiency, and internal reorganization.
He is an expert on business processes, particularly in the areas of purchasing, manufacturing, and distribution logistics, as well as the originator of an innovative approach to the redesign of distribution and commercial networks.
He has co-authored a volume on supply chain management as well as several articles on the topic of operations. He heads the supply chain management course at the Master Publitalia program in Milan, and serves as a strategic advisor to several companies in the sectors of food, durable household goods, and third-party logistics.
Tito is one of GEA's two Managing Directors since 2009.