Leonardo Frezza


Leonardo Frezza is one of the major authorities in executive search in Italy, bringing significant expertise in strategic consulting and executive search to the healthcare and life science industries across the Italian and European markets.

Leonardo’s career commenced at the Italian Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (1970-1974), followed by executive roles at Recordati (1975-1979) and Pfizer (1979-1984), where he developed a profound understanding of the pharmaceutical sector. In 1984, he founded Interconsult, a consulting firm that was later acquired by a global executive search firm in 1997. Leonardo then served as Managing Director for the Italian market and Head of the Life Science Practice until 2006.

Leonardo specializes in placing CEOs and top executives in Italian family-owned pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies, as well as in Italian subsidiaries of multinational corporations. His network includes leading companies such as Menarini, Recordati, Italfarmaco, Dompè, Zambon, Rottapharm, Fidia, Sifi, Sorin, Diasorin, J&J/Janssen, BMS/Shire, Pfizer, Amgen, Abbvie/Allergan, Takeda/Baxter, and Daiichi-Sankyo.

He is deeply involved in consulting and executive search projects related to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), contract manufacturing (CMDO), and nutraceuticals. Leonardo’s consulting expertise spans business development, organizational structures, R&D fields, and various therapeutic business areas. His extensive network and deep industry knowledge make him a trusted advisor to many.

Leonardo is also an accomplished author, having written several influential books, including “Pharmaceutical Companies” (1994), “In Search of the Drug” (1997), “Pharmaceutical Industry & Management” (2005), “Biotech Stories” (2011), and “Business, Science and Drugs” (2016). He is set to publish “Rare Diseases Stories” and “Structure & Organizations in Italian Pharma Industries” in 2020, sponsored by Farmindustria (Italian Pharma Industry Association). Additionally, he edits the ManagementPlanet Quarterly, a magazine focused on business and management issues for healthcare industry executives.

Leonardo believes that passion, energy, and human values are the significant drivers that help make a company stronger and more successful over time.

In his free time, Leonardo enjoys hiking, traveling, and cooking. He loves spending quality time with his family, especially his children.

“I am passionate about exploring new destinations, preparing gourmet meals, and enjoying outdoor activities. My greatest joy comes from spending time with my family and planning new adventures together.”