Rafaella Mazzoli


consultant name

Rafaella Mazzoli Egon Zehnder, Milan


Rafaella Mazzoli, based in Milan, is a trusted advisor to clients in the consumer sector, with deep experience in the retail, fashion and luxury segments. Rafaella is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Consumer, Retail Fashion and Luxury Practice, as well as Human Resources and Assessment & Development Practices. Many of her clients are family-owned and private equity-backed companies. Rafaella provides expert advice in senior leadership assessment and development. She is involved in CEO successions and conducts national and international executive searches for C-suite and other senior management roles, as well as human resources roles across industries.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Rafaella had a successful line management career while pursuing her passion for retail, with growing responsibilities in retail operations and marketing, culminating in her role as Commercial Director for Auchan in Italy.

Rafaella earned a Degree in Business Administration at University of Trieste and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

News and Publications

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

The Next-Generation Retail CEO: Mobilising an Ecosystem of Advocates

In contrast to the “merchant princes” who built the great retail businesses of the last century, the next-generation CEO will need to be a more skilled team builder who can create a culture of motivated collaboration.

consultant name

Rafaella Mazzoli Egon Zehnder, Milan