Interview with Aldo Gebbia, President of IPMA Italy


Interviewed by Luca Cavone

Milan, Italy

Interview with Aldo Gebbia, President of IPMA Italy

Senior Vice President, Saipem S.p.A.

President of IPMA Italy



Starting this month we are launching a new initiative, a series of featured interviews with prominent players in the field of project management: they will share with us the state of the art of the discipline here in Italy, considered as one of the most promising profession in the coming years. We will have the pleasure to host different professionals, from business, academia and other industries, to understand how projects are managed, comparing the different approaches and highlighting the characteristics of each.

As a first guest we have the pleasure to welcome Aldo Gebbia, Senior Vice President of Saipem SpA and President of IPMA Italy.


Luca Cavone (Cavone):   Aldo, let’s start with a quick introduction about yourself, can you share with our readers your professional background?

Aldo Gebbia (Gebbia):     Sure, and first of all let me thank you and PMWJ for interviewing me!

I am a mechanical engineer graduated at Naples University, and I have spent my entire professional career in Saipem, an Oil & Gas Contractor in which Eni SpA holds a 43% stake.

My job has taken me around the world, taking part and then leading offshore projects for a number of multinationals and national oil companies. I have then assumed general management duties in Italy and abroad, but never distancing myself from cultivating the discipline of Project Management, which is at the root of Saipem’s modus operandi.

I’ve been one of the founding members and then President of the Rome PMI Chapter in Italy and also now as President of IPMA Italy I’m seeking to continue my support to the promotion of the project management culture.

Cavone:       Based on your long experience in managing projects, especially in Oil & Gas industry, what kind of evolution and changes did you observe over these years?

Gebbia:        Certainly the “management of the complexity” has become the name of the game! This in turns has determined a dramatic change of the profile and of the competencies needed, I mean skills like:


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