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Valentina Rainone: from LUISS to Ermanno Scervino by way of Fendi and Nike

Passion, sacrifice and consistency are key elements to success

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Valentina Rainone graduated with a degree in Economics in 2001 and is currently Global Finance and Control Director for fashion house Ermanno Scervino.

Starting in high school, Valentina had clear ideas about her future career. “I loved Latin, Greek and everything about classic literature. Looking forward, however, while flipping through fashion magazines, I dreamed of working as a director in a large company.”

From there she worked hard and consistently to put together her experiences in “a puzzle of skills that allowed me to follow my interests.”

After her first internship with PricewaterhouseCoopers, found through the LUISS Career Services Office, she worked with Birra PeroniERG Power & GasAccessorize and the Body Shop before receiving an offer from Fendi to work as Senior Controller. 

"My five years with Fendi gave me the management skills I was lacking. Accepting the offer at that moment was risky, as I was just about to become the mother of twins, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Valentina still felt like a piece of the puzzle was missing: working for a multinational. “After Fendi, I moved on to Nike to learn what it meant to be a part of a company that employs the same logic around the world.”

Since March 2017, Valentina has worked for Ermanno Scervino where she manages a team of 16 people and works on the front line of banking and finance. “It’s a huge challenge because I have to use everything that I have acquired over the years while still learning new things and facing new challenges every day.”

Valentina has had to make several choices, some more difficult than others, to have the career she has always wanted. “It was essential to find the right balance between my private and professional lives. If you concentrate solely on your work, you cannot obtain soft skills that are vital, especially in a workplace. At times I have had to put family or work aside, in a constant battle between the two sides.”

Regarding her university years, Valentina remarks: “The thing I appreciated most about LUISS was the compassionate atmosphere that I experienced during my four years there. I built solid friendships and was able to meet amazing people. It is a place where students are always inspired to be better versions of themselves.”