Claudio Carpano, Ph.D

President & Founder
Claudio Carpano, Ph.D, Founder

Areas of Expertise

  • Turnaround strategy & execution
  • Organizational restructuring
  • Marketing research
  • Management consulting
  • Strategic planning
  • International business


  • PhD, International Business & Strategic Management, University of South Carolina
  • MBA, Management, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Dottore, Pedagogia e Filosofia, Sapienza Universita di Roma

Claudio Carpano is the founder and president of Management inSites.

Claudio was Associate Professor Emeritus at The University of North Carolina Charlotte – Belk College of Business before retiring in 2023, where he was also the Director of the International Business Graduate Programs and taught international management and strategic management. He teaches MBA international business courses at LUISS University in Italy.

He has delivered executive seminars and lectured at a variety of universities including the University of South Carolina; American University in Washington, D.C.; Bocconi, the University of Torino, and the University of Ancona (all in Italy); EGADE – Monterrey Tec (Mexico); Universidad de Desarrollo (Chile); and QUT (Australia).

Claudio’s research on the topics of international business strategy, organizational structure, and foreign direct investment have been published in several leading academic journals, including The Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of Business Ethics, which the Financial Times has listed among the 40 most influential scientific business journals. In addition, his articles have been published in European business publications.

He is currently the CEO of Comi Polaris Systems, Inc. He has held the top management position at RAASM USA, Simem America, Inc., and Biesse America, Inc. AS CEO of RAASM USA, he built the U.S. operations, including hiring a direct sales team, instituting a national distribution network, and establishing a trusted service department. While the CEO of Simem America, he was also the Director of Global Operations and Planning of Simem America’s parent company, Simem S.r.l. Before beginning his academic career in the U.S., Claudio worked in Italy where he held product and brand management positions with FIAT Lubrificanti and Ethicon S.p.A. (a Johnson & Johnson company).

Claudio is on the board of several companies and non-profit organizations including Casa della Cultura Italiana – North Carolina, of which he was a founder and President (2014-2020), and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. Formerly, he was on the Board of the International House of Charlotte. He has also served on the Charlotte International Cabinet (formerly the Mayor’s International Cabinet).

He was the Honorary Consulate of Italy for the State of North Carolina from 2010 until 2022. In 2020, by decree of the President of the Republic of Italy, he was bestowed the title of Cavaliere of the Order of the Star of Italy for his work preserving and promoting Italian national prestige in the United States.

Claudio holds a Ph.D. in International Business and Strategic Management and an MBA. He received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Before studying business in the U.S., he earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

Fun Facts

Grew up in Rome, Milan, & Venice (Italy), as well as Bangkok (Thailand)

Hitchhiked throughout Western Europe and slept under the stars in the fields of France

Has lived in 5 U.S. states from the deep South to the Mid-West to the Northeast and travelled to 6 continents

Black belt in Shotokan karate, and taught karate in Rome for one year

Languages: English & Italian

Foreign Favorites

Drink: Grappa

Singer: Fabrizio De Andre’

Dish to eat: Melanzane alla Parmigiana (if cooked by my aunt in Rome!)

Book: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Film: La Grande Guerra, directed by Mario Monicelli

Author: Ezra Pound

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