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Paola Ogliari

Paola Ogliari

On Demand Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Turnarounds and Transformations, Coach and Mentor

+39 338 583 0286

Paola has provided hands-on leadership support to under-performing businesses for almost two decades. She guides teams through unfamiliar situations, helps them develop achievable and effective plans and embraces leadership responsibility when executive roles need to be filled.

Paola’s professional growth while leading challenging transformation programs rests on solid foundations of personal resilience, humility and creativity in problem solving. She has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has augmented her deep emotional intelligence by studying and applying Enneagram and Coaching techniques. Teams who have worked with Paola recognize her talent for proactively anticipating issues, visioning solutions, building trust and creating a team performance culture.

Career History

Paola’s passion for turning around organizations was first inspired as she completed her thesis for her bachelor’s degree at Bocconi University. Her thirst for knowledge and determination to make a difference was fueled by working with the most respected turnaround experts at Brugger & Associati and then at AlixPartners. Her development as an expert in her own right was recognized at each career milestone as she advanced to become a Turnaround Director.

Paola has taken numerous interim executive management roles and honed her decision-making skills while driving transformations for domestic and international companies. She's a skilled CFO with experience across a wide spectrum of industries and a valued non-executive director of Boards with packed agendas.

In addition to leading challenging transformation programs, she remains a dedicated adjunct faculty member at Bocconi University, specialising in Corporate Finance.

Leadership Highlights

Envisioning and leading the generational change, both operationally and financially, at a large family business, with a portfolio of companies.

Governed the transformation of a leading financial services group, implementing new processes and a broader program of cultural change, ultimately constructing a redefinition of the internal financial structure.

Managed the financial turnaround and stakeholder integration at an Italian manufacturing giant.

Interim CFO for a financial services group, leading the set-up of the Group Finance Function, a full financial structure redefinition and, the holistic operational transformation of all company assets.

Interim CFO for an Italian apparel company; following incorporation, achieved instigation of newly independent finance and corporate functions, including creation of an integration blueprint for other sister companies.

Treasurer and interim CFO for a global manufacturing company, completing full holistic turnaround and financial restructuring.

Project managed the successful carve out and disposal of a major fashion brand, for a leading luxury group.

BA (Hons) in Corporate Finance from Bocconi University (Milan), where she is now a Contract Professor in that same field, Executive Coach ACTP certification

Industrial Goods, Consumer Goods & Retail, Fashion, Luxury Goods & Financial Services

General Management, Finance and Treasury, Credit and Risk, Non Executive, Family Office

Turnarounds, Transformations, Fast Carve-outs, Rapid Growth, Tense Stakeholder Relationships, Crisis Recovery

Favourite quotes
An important attribute of success is to be yourself... never hide what makes you you” Indra Nooyi
Management is doing things right... leadership is doing the right things” Peter F Drucker

“I joined Leaders on Demand...

... because I know how it feels when accountability for the future of an organisation, its people and the community around it rests on the shoulders of so few. Together, we really make a difference when the stakes are highest”

“When I'm not at work...

... I love to play piano, and am happiest when surrounded by family and friends. I find peace and serenity through the practice of yoga and pilates; and anything that helps me keep an open mind and be grateful for all the wonder”