Partner & Managing Director Italy

About Vito Gioia

Vito is the Managing Director of Ward Howell Internationa Italy since January 2019.

He started his career working in Ruder Finn – one of the leading American Public Relations Agencies. Subsequently he joined PWC where he successfully set up and managed the HR Consulting Division providing Leadership Solutions and Executive Search services.

In the 1990s he focused his career in Executive Search with International Firms like Carrè Orban (subsequently KF) and TASA International (subsequently TMP) where he was both Equity Partner and Managing Director Italy for many years.

He was one of the co-founders of Amrop Italy until 2018 when he left to re-launch and manage a historical brand (1951) Ward Howell International in Italy.

Vito has consolidated experience and is used to working both for Multinational and domestic clients in many industries and particularly for Family Businesses. He partners his clients listening and proposing the most appropriate solution, whether it is for an Executive Search or a Leadership service, actively supporting his clients in the development of its Internal Executive resources and staff.

Having successfully conducted searches for many years in numerous different industries Vito brings a unique insight to the talent-starved and challenging market. Vito’s expertise is steering highly sought talent to rapidly growing companies, by engaging and building trusted relationships, and being a thought leader for both candidates and employers.

Vito’s Academic background is in Accounting and Economics and includes Master courses at Ashridge Management College Uk and Loyola University of Chicago. He has also published several Management books including “Italian Manager”; “Come farsi cacciare dai cacciatori di teste” (how to be head hunted by headhunters); “Il colloquio di lavoro” (the Job Interview); “E’facile trovare una lavoro se hai voglia di lavorare” (It’easy to get a job if you want it); Smile manager (management by brain and sentiment); La ricerca di Top Manager (Executive Search)

Vito speaks fluent English.


  • Consumer & Retail
  • General Industry
  • Legal
  • Financial Services


  • Executive Search
  • Family Business Governance
  • Business Development
  • Change Management
  • General Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Family Business Governance
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Development