Executives’ Views on Innovation: speakers

Arrigo Berni

Chairman @ MOLESKINE

Mr. Arrigo Berni serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Moleskine SpA since 2006 and serves as its Managing Director. Mr. Berni has been the Managing Director at A. Testoni S.p.A. Mr. Berni served as Managing Director of Bulgari Global Operations at Neuchatel (Svizzera). Mr. Berni served as Managing Director of Bulgari Corporation Of America, Inc. at Gruppo Bulgari S.p.A. from 1992 to 2001. He served as Manager of Bain & Co. from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Berni served as Marketing & Sales Manager at Benetton USA from 1988 to 1989; Consultant of MAC Group from 1987 to 1988 and served as Brand Manager in Rome (Italy) and in Osaka (Japan ). Mr. Berni served at Procter & Gamble S.p.A from 1981 to 1987. Mr. Berni achieved a degree in Business Administration from the prestigious University S.Anna of Pisa in 1979 and carried out his military service in the Air Force.

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Carlo Purassanta

Area Vice President @ MICROSOFTCarlo Purassanta

Mr. Carlo Purassanta has been Area Vice President – France at Microsoft S.r.l. since September 2017 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until September 2017. Mr. Purassanta worked at IBM for fourteen years. He is a member of the General Council of Confindustria Digitale and President of the Group on Supply Chain Platforms for SMEs. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Confindustria’s Foreign Investors Committee and is responsible for its working group dedicated to “Research, innovation and education”. Mr. Purassanta holds a degree in Business Engineering from Milan’s Polytechnic and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Business School.

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Francesco Starace

CEO @ ENEL

Mr. Francesco Starace has been the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel SpA since May 27, 2014. Mr. Starace served as the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel Green Power S.p.A. from October 2008 to May 2014. He served as the Head of Market Division at Enel SpA since November 2005 and also served as its Head of Domestic Sales. He started his career as Analyst for the security of the electronuclear plants at Nira Ansaldo from 1981 to 1982 and he performed from 1982 to 1987 several executive management positions in Italy, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Arab Emirates, in the Sae Sadelmi, which was part of the General Electric group. He held a number of management positions in Italy, the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE in the contracting and engineering department of General Electric Company from 1982 to 1987 and subsequently of ABB Alstom Powers Corporation from 1987 to 2000, where he was appointed Head of global sales of the gas turbines division, including the office of Chief of the “business power” area from July 2002 to October 2005 and the Chief of Market Division from November 2005 to September 2008. Mr. Starace joined Enel in 2000 as the Head of Energy Management of Enel Produzione. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of ABB Combustion Engineering Italia from 1997 to 1998 and Senior Vice President for the global and turnkey systems sales for the gas turbine division from 1998 to 2000. He served as the Chairman of Enel Iberoamérica, S.R.L. He served as the Chairman of Enel Green Power S.p.A. He served as Vice Chairman of Enel Chile S.A. (alternate name, Enersis Chile S.A.) from February 29, 2016 to April 28, 2016. He served as a Vice Chairman of Enel Américas S.A. (formerly, Enersis Américas S.A. and Enersis S.A.) until April 2016 and served as its Director from April 28, 2015 to April 2016. Mr. Starace has been Vice Chairman and Director at Endesa, S.A. since June 16, 2014. He has been a Director of Enel SpA since May 27, 2014 and United Nations Global Compact since June 1, 2015. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy 4 All initiative of the United Nations since June 2014. He served as Director of Enel Green Power S.p.A. Mr. Starace graduated in Nuclear Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic Institute.

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Harry Shum

Executive Vice President, AI and Research Group @ MICROSOFT CO. 

Shum will be one of the speakers at the R&D Management Conference 2018

 

Dr. Heung-Yeung Shum, also known as Harry, has been Executive Vice President of Artificial

 

Intelligence & Research Group at Microsoft Corporation since September 30, 2016. Dr. Shum is responsible fordriving Microsoft Corporation’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents. He oversees AI-focused product groups — the Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups — and the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams. He also leads Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations and its integration with the engineering teams across. He served as Chief Scientist of Search and Advertising Group of Microsoft Corporation since 2007. He served as an Executive Vice President of Technology and Research Group of Microsoft Corporation since December 2013 until September 30, 2016. Dr. Shum was responsible for driving Microsoft Corporation’s overall technical directions, including mid-term and long-term technology strategy, technology policy and forward-looking research and development efforts. He oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations and its integration with the engineering teams. Dr. Shum served as Corporate Vice President of Search Product Development at Microsoft Corporation. Dr. Shum served as Chief Scientist for Search & Ad Group and Head of Research Asia of Microsoft Corp. Dr. Shum oversees the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in Asia Pacific. Recently, Dr. Shum has taken the additional responsibility of driving the long-term and short-term technology investments in search and advertising at Microsoft. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computer Vision and is a Program Chair of the International Conference of Computer Vision (ICCV) 2007. Dr. Shum has published more than 100 papers in computer vision, computer graphics, pattern recognition, statistical learning and robotics. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents. Dr. Shum joined Microsoft Research in 1996 where he worked in Redmond, WA as a researcher on computer vision and computer graphics.

Source: Bloomberg