At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Stefano empowers and inspires others.
Never give up: when it doesn’t work, ask for help and try a different way.
As the father of two kids and a medical doctor with hospital management experience, I have a passion for health care and technology. The desire to challenge the increasing unsustainability of health care systems, to connect the dots among different stakeholders in the interest of patients, and to push for innovative perspectives, brought me to BCG, which I consider to be the most innovative global think tank on the so-called value-based health care. The people I’ve met here and our collective capability to “make things happen,” rather than just designing new strategies, keep me busy and excited in my daily work.
Stefano is a health care specialist for BCG in Italy, and is also affiliated with the Insurance Practice. He previously was COO and, later, General Manager of a 750-bed cancer center in the Milan area, and is a medical doctor with over 15 years of experience.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The people I work with represent a key ingredient. It is exceptional to touch and feel their passion and see how important the combination of cultures and viewpoints is when bringing the best solutions to our clients. Working in an international environment, constantly challenged by new and intriguing problems at a global scale, gives me an energizing stretch every single day. But most of all, and probably as a doctor, I love to see how the results of our work immediately translate into a positive impact for the patients.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: I tend to wake up early, go for a run, kiss my little ones - if I’m at home! - and give a look at the news. Then, I quickly dress in my “uniform” and I go straight to the team room at the client site. The most exciting part of the day consists of meeting clients and supporting them in the creation of new opportunities or better understanding and tackling their performance issues. A vital part of our daily life at BCG is working with the team: everyone is asked to speak up and give his or her contribution, bringing their expertise and perspective to collectively offer a better answer to the clients’ business questions.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: Our international playing field makes us face universal challenges and accelerate change, learning from the best at the global level. Think of how stimulating it could be to redesign an entire health care system, taking a real greenfield approach, but at the same time ensuring no interruptions in daily operations. Most relevant for me is our ability to appreciate the universality of some of these challenges – such as the unsustainable cost of health care – and understand the local context to avoid a generic one-size-fits-all approach.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: Believe it or not, BCG is a family. You can’t understand and appreciate it until you experience it firsthand, across the personal and professional storms and satisfactions that we all live through. What seems incredible to me is how this spirit dominates the company culture in a nearly 20,000 -person firm, operating in 100+ radically different countries. BCG makes you feel “at home,” whichever is the office you are spending your time in.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: There is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, in Southern France, where I like to spend most of my spare time with my beloved ones. It has a lighthouse up in the mountains to guide the boats, which is reassuring, as it helps you to know exactly where you are. It is a place where you can both make friends and spend time climbing the hills leaving the sea behind you. It can be warm and reassuring, or freezing and freaking scary during the storms. It is unpredictable, but if you get to know it, it is exactly as you want it, when you want it. You can create your own place there, pretty much like at BCG.