Mauro quit ice hockey in 2007, moved into his family business in his native Italy, and started working his way up the career ladder. For three years, he advised rich Russian investors looking to buy luxury Tuscan real estate. But with the world becoming increasingly inter-connected, he felt he had to look even further afield.
As a self-confessed Sinophile, Mauro looked to an MBA in China to take his career to the next level. His number one option: Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) in Beijing, a school that lists Alibaba founder Jack Ma among its successful alums.
He got admitted. After the 14-month MBA, and a stint at IBM in Beijing, he landed a top management consulting job at KPMG. Now, he works out of KPMG’s Milan and Beijing offices, helping consumer goods companies boost their performance on an international scale.