Head of Product Development
Jun 2018 - Present (3 years 6 months)
Responsible for the development of the soles made by the Soles by Michelin Team.
-Definition of the functional language that characterizes the design.
-Optimization of flow dynamics in the design process.
-Training and management of Designers and their activities mainly related to the product, but with an eye to marketing and communication.
-Coordination and supervision of development and production sites to ensure successful quality standards.
Project Leader Footwear
May 2017 - Jun 2018 (1 year 1 month)
Leading the team responsible for the design and development of new cycling shoe models under the Time brand.
-Definition of the stylistic language that will characterize the models.
-Selection and definition of the foot last.
-Technological research of materials and construction of the upper.
-Study of a structural system complementary to the lacing for the adjustment of the upper fit.
-Optimizing the performance of the carbon and plastic soles.
-Analysis of design costs and the final product.
Intense collaboration with the RaidLight Team, working on the design of the soles for the new models of trail running shoes.
Feb 2015 - Jun 2017 (2 years 4 months)
Design and development of technical soles for the sports and safety market under the world-leading Michelin brand.
-Support junior designers to improve their skills.
-Collaborate with development and manufacturing sites to ensure project success.
-Work closely with marketing by creating graphic tools to ensure detailed technical communication.
Senior Footwear/Industrial Designer
Feb 2007 - Jan 2015 (7 years 11 months)
Senior Designer, areas of expertise:
-Winter sports technical footwear and accessories
-Work and safety footwear and accessories
-Bicycle frames and saddles
Collaboration with the 3D modelling team (hard components) and the pattern making team (soft components) for prototyping and sampling of models.
Apr 2002 - Nov 2005 (3 years 7 months)
Snowboard boot design.
Duties and responsibilities:
-Participate in the Brain Storming with the marketing manager.
-Propose concepts for models, both for soles and uppers including the selection of materials.
-Participate in the problem-solving process in collaboration with the Snowboard Team.
-Design of a patented locking system.
-Trips to the Far East for cross-checking and fine-tuning of samples.
Axo Sport Spa
Sep 2001 - Mar 2002 (6 months)
Designer of on-road and off-road motorcycle boots (patenting a safety system) and ventilation components for helmets and leather suits.
Participation in meetings with the professional riders of the Axo Team to solve their fit and safety problems.
3D CAD / Designer
Jun 1996 - Feb 2001 (4 years 8 months)
3D CAD operator.
-Design of hard components for sporting goods (soles, inline skates, saddles), lacing mechanisms and components for vehicles.
-Projects for mountaineering and trekking shoes and seasonal collections for sneakers.
-Travel to the Far East to learn and understand the shoe sampling process.