My name is Sergio Caredda and I define myself a Digital Knowmad, a Rebel, a Multipotentialite, an HR Professional believing in the human side of HR.
I currently work for OVS S.p.A. as Chief People Officer. I have substantial experience in HR across multiple functions, both in the business and in consulting. I’m a thinker and a doer, I like crafting and changing things.
currently work for VF Corporation as Digital Transformation Lead.
My Life in a Nutshell
Born in Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy) in 1976, I have been working for many years in the HR and Human Capital domains. I think of myself as an eclectic person, born on the edge of the Y generation, with interests that span various areas of Human Knowledge. I’ve now worked for more than twenty years, in what has been an intense learning experience. Definitely not the end of it.
In 2021 I move back to Italy, to take the challenge of leading the HR Function as Chief People Officer at OVS S.p.A., the leading Italian retailer in the apparel market, owning brands such as OVS, UPIM, Croff, BluKids, and that recently acquired Stefanel.
I had spent more then nine years abroad, more recently based in Switzerland. My last appointment there was Global Digital HR Transformation Lead for VF Corporation, the leading global apparel conglomerate. In this role, I focused on the people side of transformation towards digital, an essential aspect of the company’s growth strategy.
Before this assignment, I was Senior Director, HR Business Partner DTC EMEA. As such, I was responsible for the Retail and Direct to Consumer platform of VF across Europe, serving with my team more than 350 Owned and Operated Stores of the eight brands present in Europe: Timberland, Vans, The North Face, Kipling, Napapijri, Lee and Wrangler.
Before this, I have been working for almost three years in Luxembourg for Deloitte, as Senior Manager Human Capital. During this period, I focused specifically on projects in the domain of HR Transformation, serving companies such as HSBC, Velux, Vestas, BGL, Sanofi etc.
Before moving to Luxembourg, I have been Training and Development Manager at Diesel and its holding company OTB where I’ve been exposed to numerous challenges spanning from Shopping Experience development to a global HR Transformation project, which included the implementation of PeopleSoft as the international HRIS.
I’ve also been cooperating with various universities: I’ve taught at the University of Bologna in Forlì and the University of Trento. I’ve also kept many interests in the non-profit sector, and every year I try to dedicate part of my time to help some non-profit organisations to grow and evolve.
Liberal, Libertarian, Secular, Christian, politically independent. Not easy to define me. I believe that one of the most precious assets of a man is its identity, its diversity, its uniqueness, its Freedom. That is why I think that the critical path for our future is in a Federalist Europe, developed on the grounds of the respect of Human Rights, equality, equity and justice.
I’ve always been interested in technology, and believe that the Internet is one of the biggest revolutions for humankind so far, yet having to demonstrate all its consequences and impacts. I started my first webpage in 1995, and since then have experimented with numerous forms of internet dialogue. Always with the “eclectic” touch that is a characteristic of my self.
A selection of my best posts
Here a selection of the posts that are more important to me. Please also have a look at the Start Here page, which will accompany you through the contents of this blog.
My Most Important Posts
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reasoning (again I would say) on the role and (human) future of HR. I’ve been especially challenged by the idea that “HR is a job for losers“. I have tried to understand where we can still make the difference, which around (re)taking ownership of the relationship between the…
Dear Friend, Dear Reader, Dear Casual Visitor, We always celebrate birthdays and some anniversaries. But do you all recall your first day at work? I have to say that I’ve had many first days. Work started as an early experience for me. My father owned a Bar in central Nuoro, and I started helping out…
The Meaning of WorkThe Ultimate Quest for the Meaning of Work. IntroductionPart 1: A Brief History of WorkPart 2: The Discourses of Work through HistoryPart 3: When Work Became a Job.Part 4: The New Discourse of Work: Personal RealisationPart 5: Work DesignReinventing WorkWhat is the Meaning of Work? I guess many of us have been…
Building the Intentional Organization is the realisation that we need an entirely new approach to the way we intend organisations and their design. It is the acknowledgement that past paradigms are not sufficient to adapt to new realities. The traditional model of Organisation, based on Hierarchy, Bureaucracy, Top-Down Control, Waterfall Cascading of Objectives and an opposing Employer-Employee relationship,…
The Organisation Evolution FrameworkIntroducing the Organisation Evolution FrameworkBusiness Models: the theory and practiceStrategy Frameworks: The Theory and the PracticeOrganisation Models: a Reasoned List between Old and NewOperating Models: the theory and the practice.Leadership Models: The Theory and the PracticeCorporate Culture: The Theory and the PracticeI have dedicated a lot of time over the past month…
My Learning and Growth
HR Business Partner, Human Capital Expert, HR Transformation Expert, Non-Profit, Intellectual Capital… many labels that all define a small part of my interests and activities. But I must say that so far my life has been influenced by two great experiences:
- During the years of my University studies, I’ve been a board member and then President of AEGEE Europe (Association des Etats Génèraux des Etudiants de l’Europe), making this a unique and extraordinary experience.
- The second mention goes to my first “boss” and Mentor Franco D’Egidio, managerial consultant, writer, thinker. A real milestone in my career path: he taught me the importance of People as the key drivers of the company’s success. A lesson that I try to bring along over and over again, in my daily work.
But there are many more people I should be thankful for, in an ever-growing list of supporters and mentors that impacted my life.
So, that’s me. You will discover more on this blog. Its fragmented content is one more sign of a complex personality that never really manages to “fit” a container…
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