Nicola Pelá


Office Location: Milan

Phone: +39 02 762521

Nicola Pelà is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Milan office and a member of the global Human Resources, Consumer, and Healthcare & Life Sciences practices.

Nicola has operated in the human resources and corporate social responsibility realm for more than 30 years and has built professional expertise spanning the information technology, automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, and fashion & luxury sectors across all five continents. He has experience both in an executive capacity and as a board member, having worked in leading Italian companies including Olivetti, Fiat, Barilla, Luxottica, and Benetton, as well as international organizations including SmithKline Beecham (now GSK ), Eli Lilly, and Walgreens Boots Alliance. He has lived in Belgium, Italy, the US, and the UK.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Nicola was with another executive search firm. Before that, he held operating partner roles in private equity projects.


Nicola earned a master’s degree from CUOA and a bachelor’s degree in law with honors from Ferrara University.