Angelo Mazzocchi of BearingPoint

Angelo MazzocchiAngelo Mazzocchi likes a challenge. The Milan, Italy–born managing director of BearingPoint Latin America, who speaks fluent Italian, English, and Portuguese, is accustomed to working in multicultural environments, too. So when BearingPoint plunked him into the middle of one of the world’s largest SAP/R3 implementations for Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras, he was well prepared for the task. “Projeto Sinergia,” as it became known in Brazil, brought together 200 consultants from BearingPoint, 30 employees from German-based SAP, and 570 Brazilian Petrobras staff, with Mazzocchi as chief visionary, motivator, and mediator.

“The scale of the project itself had a factor of complexity that made it difficult to manage and hard to understand regarding where the project was going,” Mazzocchi explains. In addition to a full-time staff of 800, there were also 24,000 users to train and more than 100,000 activities to monitor.

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