Building the future

Under the light of our experiences, we believe that, in every moment of deep transformation, skills improvement plays a key role in achieving companies’ expected results, together with the pursue of their ambitions in business continuity and growth.

Duke&Kay is an independent company of Managers with proven track records in handling complex business situations.

Duke & Kay unique approach to effectively support companies is based on two closely connected souls:



Maurizio Ria: New EBA regulation for the classification of NPLs


Duke&Kay works for Companies, Investors (industrial & Financial), Banks, Law firms, Government agencies, Local authorities


Almost 6 out of 10 companies with liquidity difficulties, Unioncamere NPL and UTP growth

Duke&Kay can help you emerge from the crisis and build the future with confidence

  • To set and implement a business plan to recover and restart the company
  • To activate a network of partners (Banks, Funds) to support the management of the company
  • To involve managers with the right skills for crisis management and to guide the recovery plan


In Italy there are 10 billion euros of equity spread over 450 companies (AIFI)

Bring your company back to growth: Duke & Kay supports you in all phases up to the exit.

  • Knowledge and strong relationship with the main international Private Equity Firms
  • Many operations successfully managed
  • Selected senior executives with proven experience


The challenge for 70% of Italian companies is to recover performance levels before COVID

Duke & Kay offers you support, expertise and tools to help you recover

  • Senior Executives with proven experience and credibility
  • Proprietary tools for performance analysis
  • Sharing of risk for definitive results


1 company out of 2 is ready to hire Managers in the next three years

Duke & Kay believes that the success for companies’ recovery and growth is based on the key role of competence

  • Obsessive attention to the search and selection of the right Manager to solve the problems
  • Advanced analysis and evaluation tools to guarantee a choice of quality and objectivity

  • Managers with a proven track record in the area involved


Business cases

Leadership Team

Maurizio Ria

Managing Partner

Maurizio Ria

Managing Partner
With a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, a Master’s in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi and an early career in Finance and Controlling, he is used to role such as Chairman/President, CEO / CFO / CRO and member of various Boards of DirectorsMaurizio is an Executive Manager with experience gained in various industrial sectors operating by mass production or production to order: Machinery, Food, Aviation/Defence, Chemical/ Pharma, FMCG, Media / Publishing, Logistics, Trading and Shipping industries. Fields in which he has successfully led important transformation processes.After an early career in Finance and Control, he held top positions in Reckitt & Colman, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, CoeClerici, ASW Farmaceutici, Domopan, Getronics.He is one of the founders of Duke&Kay, and since 2004 he has mainly worked with Private Equity Funds, leading both development (Performance Improvement) and industrial e financial Restructuring projects.In the last few years, he has successfully led, directly or through the selected Executives / Partners, some of the major Restructuring and Turnaround projects in terms of size and complexity (Azelis, Lucchini, Tekfor, Targetti, Mosaicon, Seves, Metalcam), due to the crisis that hit all sectors since 2008.Thanks to these experiences, he is in contact with the heads of Restructuring and Corporate departments of the most important European Banks and the main Financial Advisors and International Law Offices.

Paola Mucci

HR Partner

Paola Mucci

HR Partner
With more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources Management, Paola worked for several middle-large companies in challenging contexts of various organizational and strategic complexity, covering different industries. She focused her attention on the search and selection processes, assessment centers, headhunting, to provide clients with permanent or interim management solutions.Paola started her career in a financial services company as Area Manager North Italy/HR Manager in charge of the start-up of all the agencies in north Italy.With 2 master degree in Human Resources Management and more than 15 years in the world of HR international consulting firms, to date she is the HR Equity Partner of Duke&Kay.Together with the management Team involved in a Duke&Kay restructuring or a performance improvement project, she is involved in the redefinition process of the organizational structure as far as Human Resources issues. Moreover, she is responsible for the search and selection of Executives involved in Duke&Kay projects, for Talents Acquisition strategy and she supports Client Companies with Permanent or Interim Management solutions.Degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. She speaks English and French fluently.2015 – ongoing HR Equity Partner DUKE&KAY – Business Partner TTI Success Insights2005 – 2015 HR Specialist EIM – Executive Interim Management2004 – 2005 HR Consultant PRAXI1995 – 2003 Area Manager North Italy & HR Manager FRAMA (Financial Services) <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-14776" src="" alt="" width="200" />       <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-14499" src="" alt="" width="242" height="60" />

Duke&Kay is a Globalise Partner.
The members of Globalise are interim management firms spread all over the world

Valtus Alliance is a worldwide network of leading executive interim management companies providing tailor-made management solutions anywhere in the world

Valtus Alliance welcomes a new member: CE Interim in Central & Eastern Europe

With full mandate and shared risk with the clients – Valtus Alliance's Italian partner Duke & Kay has found their niche in leading successful transformations.

As a Partner at Valtus Alliance, the global leader in business transformation, Duke & Kay supports clients facing critical situations on both national and international scales

illimity, Neprix and Duke & Kay tell the latest success story: TRE Holding business case