Maria is Italian from Lazio region. An MBA graduate from Bocconi University, School of Management, with a Master of Science in International Management at Oxford Brookes University and holds a degree in Marketing at University of Urbino. She has acquired more than 15-years working experience both in Italy and in the UK, mostly within different brands in the Kantar network (part of WPP group), including world’s leading data, insight and consultancy companies. In her latest position as a Regional Pricing Lead at Kantar Insights, she was part of a dedicated regional team of pricing and commercial specialists, responsible for any strategic or high value pitching opportunities across the region, and acting as a source of expertise and advice to senior client service around contracts, pricing and negotiation processes. Key tasks included leading end to end competitive costing of projects, P&L setup and management, procurement model assessment and account financial reviews as required for the preparation of complete pricing proposals. Previous experiences also include operations and project management on multi-country research projects, responsible for setting up and leading the entire process from inception to implementation, including securing resources and organizing teams based both onshore and offshore. Currently PWA secretary, she is also cooperating with an international Foundation, working as a consultant on a project covering over 196 countries.
She is a natural competitor in sport, who enjoys playing tennis and basketball, the latter at a regional level. She also likes skiing, swimming and trekking, and any outdoor activity in general. Her active and sociable personality makes her the ideal secretary for PWA.