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Italian brains abroad, what a pity...

Rome, Italy - When good managers emigrate, the loss for the Country is even worse

It is years that in Italy people talk about draining brains and their cost as both human capital and as resources that were invested in education, the fruits of which other Countries will benefit from: people focus on the rate of youth employment in relation to that of other Nations, on the growing rate of Italian people who emigrate -with numbers that according to some estimates are close to those at the end of the Second World War- and on percentages of expatriates according to age ranges and education levels. People look -correctly- to the future of the Country, that today is depriving itself of an important part of its young human and intellectual resources, of specific skills and talents from which Italy will not be able to benefit. An article that was recently published on the magazine "Aeronautica & Difesa" becomes the starting point to think about this "brain drain" from another point of view. It is a long interview with the Italian manager Giuseppe Giordo, former-CEO of Alenia North America, later of Alenia Aeronautica, former Head of the aeronautic division of Finmeccanica, and since 2016 CEO of Aero Vodochody, the industry from the Czech Republic which is a World leader in the construction of trainer aircraft and today is getting stronger and stronger in many other segments of the market. The manager, who built himself and grew up within Alenia -a company that under his direction saw an exponential growth of its sales volume with tenders that were won and important deals signed in North America- was also in charge of significant programs, gave life to Alenia Aermacchi, continuing to increase orders and revenues and also creating the premises for the sale of the Eurofighter Typhoons to Kuwait, an operation this one that was finalized when the Finmeccanica Group -today Leonardo- was under the guidance of the CEO Mauro Moretti (for further details see AVIONEWS 1). Besides the institutional roles that Giordo carried out in his career, what impresses is the specific competence in the field, technical and commercial, the knowledge of the variable needs of customers, the ability to give value to the strengths of the company and to its products, to positioning the business on the market and planning its organic and supportable development. The fact that to benefit from the professionalism -and from the talent- of Giordo is today a foreign company -moreover a competitor of our partially Government owned Leonardo (see AVIONEWS 2)- is an even more serious loss for the Country than that of a young new graduate, in terms of both industrial competition and of future, given that actual managers are those ones who contribute to create the long-term conditions that are necessary for allowing next generations of Italian people to find an industrial and economic context adequate for their professional integration. Therefore one asks himself, why did a manager like him leave Leonardo and the Italian industry? In the article it is written that "he was moved away from it": why? Did the management of the time consider him not suitable with the future path of the company? Was there an incompatibility from the economic point of view? Or was the decision taken from the top of the management for other reasons, maybe personal ones? We do not know, and the question does not want to go into the details of the specific matter, but it becomes an opportunity to more generally think about Italy, on the many businesses, companies or institutions in all fields, which are not always able to exploit their internal resources and that sometimes choose to give more value to other aspects of working life -such as savings on labour costs or personal relations- rather than to the achievements, losing competences and key figures. If this happens for people who already showed their capabilities and contributed to the business continuity -which is quite important in companies like those of the aerospace field in which the development times of an industrial project are very long-, a young person who is just starting his working life, who sees and reads about these things, what can therefore think? That after all, leaving Italy today can even make sense...
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