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Nico Riggio



Nico Riggio

Nico Riggio

Senior Advisor

Operations Expert. Company Builder. Product Innovator. Strategist. Deal Maker.


Nico is a Senior Advisor at STEP, actively involved in the consumer products market with experience as an operating partner in developing brands and managing the production and distribution, bringing valuable insights into every deal.  


Nico has served as CEO of food and beverage companies in Brazil and was the VP and GM of the Philips Consumer Lifestyle division in the US and in Mexico.  Nico was previously with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is skilled in company building, investments, and acquisitions.


Nico is a global executive with solid experience in both multi-national corporations as well as start-ups.  His skill set is outstanding in product innovation, strategy, business model framing, and accomplishing goals. 


Nico is fluent in four languages including Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Italian with a keen understanding of each culture, having lived and worked in Argentina, Brazil, Italy, England, and the USA.  Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Florence, Italy, living in Milan, London, São Paulo, Mexico, and New York, leading multi-cultural / multi-disciplinary teams.


Nico holds a BA in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. 


Nico is a Professor within the University of Buenos Aires in Decision Theory and Gamification.


Experience Summary:

Senior Advisor, STEP Strategy Advisors, Los Angeles, California

CEO & Founder, Unnico Food, NY, New York 2020 to present

Board Member, Blissimo, São Paulo, Brazil  2020 to present

CEO & Founder, Blissimo, São Paulo, Brazil 2014 to 2020

Good Indulgence, parent company of Blissimo, is a company with a focus on Real Food, Beverage, and Dairy with a mission to bring meaningful and disruptive innovation to the refrigerated category.  Completed a successful sale and exit in 2020 to a multi-national.

CEO LATAM & Co-Founder Global, Amazon Beverages, New York / São Paulo 2011-2014.  

Amazon Beverages is a US company that launched the first-ever all-natural coconut water mixed with iced tea.  Completed a successful sale and exit in 2012 to a Brazil investment group.

Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG)

VP / GM Consumer Electronics, Philips, USA  2008-2011

VP / Managing Director, Philips Consumer Electronics, Mexico  2007-2008

GM, Audio and Video Multimedia, Philips Latin America, Brazil  2005-2007

GM, Philips Consumer Electronics, Argentina  2001-2005

Manager, Philips, Europe and Argentina 1995-2001

Strategy Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers, London and Milan 1993-1995

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