Who we are

Valore D is the first association of large companies formed in Italy in order to support women’s leadership in the corporate world. Our mission is to support and increase women’s representation in top positions in major Italian companies through tangible and concrete actions.

The representation of women in Italian companies has been characterized by a wide presence in the middle and lower levels of management and a rather low representation of women at the highest levels (in 2011 women on boards of directors in Italy were only 6.8%). Numerous studies have shown that this situation causes a net loss value for companies, because a greater representation of women in top positions leads to a more harmonious and better performance from both an economic and financial point of view. Furthermore, women achieve, on average, better academic results than men and lack of valorization of their talent causes a non-optimal use of the company’s potentials.

The activity of Valore D in support of women’s leadership is developed in three directions: towards women managers, Italian companies and society as a whole. Valore D promotes an innovative corporate structure that overcomes the implicit gender bias and favors reconciliation, provides women managers the tools and knowledge relevant to their professional growth and proposes a new cultural model that includes the full participation of women in the economic and social life of the country.

Companies are at the heart of our association, as we believe that they have the fundamental role of transferring into management decisions the necessity of having more women be able to determine the strategies of industries. They can do this by identifying career paths based on talent and merit, creating talent pools where they can draw for summit positions and by promoting the recognition of a different kind of leadership from the prevalent one. Our role is to make all of this easier and faster, by encouraging the sharing of best practices and pooling objectives, instruments and strategies.

the organization


Sandra Mori
General Counsel
Coca-Cola Europe


Barbara Falcomer

Vice Presidents

Mauro Meanti
Amministratore Delegato
Susanna Zucchelli
Direttore e Diversity Manager
Gabriella Porcelli
Senior Counsel Italy and RRP Commercialization EU
Philips Morris Italia
Costanza Ramorino
HR Holding Head of H.R. GRM & AUDIT
UniCredit S.p.A.

Steering Committee

Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos
Amministratore Delegato
Isabella Falautano
Direttore Comunicazione e Relazioni Istituzionali
AXA Italia
Rafaella Mazzoli
Egon Zehnder
Ludovica Parodi
Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs Global Trading
Grazia Fimiani
Direzione Risorse Umane e Organizzazione Executive Vice President
Sofia Nasi
Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane
Paola Mascaro
Communications & Public Affairs Director
General Electric
Monica Possa
Group HR & Organization Director
Generali Assicurazioni
Renata Duretti
HR Country manager
IKEA Italia
Cristina Balbo
Responsabile Divisione Banca dei Territori - Direzione Piemonte, Valle D'Aosta e Liguria
Intesa Sanpaolo
Barbara Saba
Head of Commercial & Business Insights
Johnson & Johnson Medical SpA
Direttore Generale Fondazione Johnson & Johnson
Maurizia Iachino
Partner - Governance Practice Leader
Chiara Parisi
Talent Acquisition Director
Luxottica Group
Andrea Arosio
Managing Partner
Cristina Catania
McKinsey & Company
Maria Teresa Iardella
Managing Director Head of Debt Origination and DCM
Silvia Candiani
General Manager Consumer Channels Central Eastern Europe
Donatella Sciuto
Professore Ordinario e Prorettore vicario
Politecnico di Milano
Barbara Poggiali
Head of Strategic Marketing
Poste Italiane
Barbara Stefanelli
Vice Direttore Corriere della Sera
RCS MediaGroup
Laura Bruno
HR HEAD Italy and Malta
Patrizia Rutigliano
Direttore Relazioni Istituzionali e Comunicazione
Laura Villani
The Boston Consulting Group
Maria Antonietta Russo
Head of People Development & Education
Anna Nozza
Head of HR Technology
Vodafone Italia

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