Born in Rome, Erica Coletta has a cum laude degree in european and international law from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She earned her Master's degree in strategic human resources, change management and industrial relations in 2001 from the London School of Economics. Coletta is a qualified lawyer who specialises in European and international law.
She started her career working in top private law firms and government agencies in Italy. She then worked for a growing bank in Italy in sales and marketing. After that and for the last 17 years, Coletta has worked in HR, change and communication roles of increasing complexity for a number of world-class and culturally diverse organisations in different sectors, including Shell Oil, the BOC/Linde Group and Unilever. Her last role at Unilever was global vice president, refreshment where she was in charge of the strategic HR agenda for Unilever’s €11 billion combined ice cream and beverages business.
Her focus was working with the business to drive transformation, sustainable performance and globalisation efforts across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas by developing a compelling HR strategy and people agenda.
In 2013 Coletta joined Godiva, part of the Yildiz Group, and was promoted to CHRO a year later. In 2016 she was offered the opportunity to drive the people agenda for pladis, a newly-created biscuit and confectionery company bringing together iconic brands such as Godiva, McVitie’s and Ulker.
Coletta also serves on the board of Health Right International, a global health and human rights organisation that empowers marginalised communities to live healthy lives. She is passionate about driving change, opening up new possibilities for organisations, and people doing well by doing good.