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Mauro Porcini

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Mauro Porcini

Leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth: Innovator, communicator, designer, and author


North America

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A leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth, Mauro Porcini is widely regarded as a world-class innovator, communicator, designer, and manager. He worked for Philips Design and found his own agency Wisemad. He then went to work at 3M, one of the world’s most innovative multinationals, taking up the role of chief design officer.

Since 2012, however, Mauro Porcini has worked at PepsiCo. He is the company’s senior vice president and first chief design officer. His innovations within this global food and beverage giant have seen him responsible for leading innovation by design across the company’s food and beverage portfolio. His influence extends from physical to virtual expressions of the brand. This includes products, packaging, retail activation, events, and digital media.

A bestselling author and sought-after keynote speaker, Mauro Porcini is also the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He received the DRIVENxDESIGN Chairman’s Better Future Award in 2018, the Business and Culture Award from the Italy American Chamber of Commerce, and the US Design Brand Leader Award. The latter two were given to him in 2016.

Mauro Porcini has also been lauded by various media. Il Giornale named him ‘One of the 10 Iiitalians that will change the world’ in 2015, while GQ Italy listed him as one of the ’30 Best Dressed Men of 2015’. Fortune Magazine, in 2012, listed him in the ’40 under 40’ ranking, Ad Age named him in their ‘Creativity’ list, and the PoliMi of the University of Milan recognised his accomplishments with the AlumniPolimi Award.

Part of the ‘Italian Talents in a Foreign Country’ community of the Aspen Italia Institute since 2013, Mauro Porcini was recognised by Fast Company as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’ and ‘Master of Design’. The World HR Forum presented him with its ‘Award for Leadership and Innovation’. The Wall Street Journal’s CFO called him ‘the man putting 3M in design’ in 2011.

With regards to PepsiCo, the company’s PepsiCo Design function, led by Mauro Porcini, has been awarded over 700 design and innovation awards from various institutions across the globe.

Mauro Porcini – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Italian-born Mauro Porcini touches on all aspects of design and innovation in building brands and successful companies. He currently resides in the USA and speaks both Italian and English.

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  • “Mauro Porcini is a highly engaging design leader. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with him on a variety of initiatives over the years. He certainly has a talent for elevating the role of design within corporate environments. And he is a terrific guy to share a bottle of wine with over a great meal. Mauro Porcini is a highly engaging design leader. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with him on a variety of initiatives over the years. He certainly has a talent for elevating the role of design within corporate environments. And he is a terrific guy to share a bottle of wine with over a great meal.”

    Seán O'Connor, Founder & CEO, Transform By Design | Brand Strategy | Experience Innovation | Design Thinking | Creative Transformation

  • Mauro Porcini “Mauro Porcini is a highly engaging design leader. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with him on a variety of initiatives over the years. He certainly has a talent for elevating the role of design within corporate environments. And he is a terrific guy to share a bottle of wine with over a great meal. Mauro Porcini is a highly engaging design leader. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with him on a variety of initiatives over the years. He certainly has a talent for elevating the role of design within corporate environments. And he is a terrific guy to share a bottle of wine with over a great meal.”
    5 / 5
  • “Mauro Porcini is one of my favorite people to interview. I always know that Mauro will be leading projects and teams that deliver business-changing and, most importantly for the readers I serve, newsworthy results for his employers. I never have to worry about walking away from the interview without something—best practices in design, team building, leadership, execution, etc.—significant for my audience. On top of that, Mauro is one of the most affable, high-level, corporate executives I’ve had the pleasure to interview. His welcoming personality is such that it’s not only evident in the way he greets everyone, from reporters to employees to peers, with a genuine smile but also translates well on camera and the printed page. I believe that this is due not in small part to Mauro’s calm confidence. My experience is that when business executives are that sure of their abilities and their teams’ abilities, they can command complete attention and lead by welcoming others to the table. This is no surprise when you consider Mauro’s track record of success from PepsiCo, 3M and beyond. Mauro pulls on his innate creative curiosity, strategic capabilities and leadership abilities to build strong innovative teams, align his team’s capabilities with strategic business opportunities, and build bridges between traditional business-centric roles and creative roles while enabling both groups to celebrate their differences to deliver rich results that appeal to the soft and hard goals of a consumer-facing brand.”

    Linda Casey, Editor-in-Chief and Senior Content Editor at NAPCO Media

  • Mauro Porcini “Mauro Porcini is one of my favorite people to interview. I always know that Mauro will be leading projects and teams that deliver business-changing and, most importantly for the readers I serve, newsworthy results for his employers. I never have to worry about walking away from the interview without something—best practices in design, team building, leadership, execution, etc.—significant for my audience. On top of that, Mauro is one of the most affable, high-level, corporate executives I’ve had the pleasure to interview. His welcoming personality is such that it’s not only evident in the way he greets everyone, from reporters to employees to peers, with a genuine smile but also translates well on camera and the printed page. I believe that this is due not in small part to Mauro’s calm confidence. My experience is that when business executives are that sure of their abilities and their teams’ abilities, they can command complete attention and lead by welcoming others to the table. This is no surprise when you consider Mauro’s track record of success from PepsiCo, 3M and beyond. Mauro pulls on his innate creative curiosity, strategic capabilities and leadership abilities to build strong innovative teams, align his team’s capabilities with strategic business opportunities, and build bridges between traditional business-centric roles and creative roles while enabling both groups to celebrate their differences to deliver rich results that appeal to the soft and hard goals of a consumer-facing brand.”
    5 / 5
  • “Mauro is really an astute design agent of change- he is changing the corporate landscapes by injecting design as the great brand differentiator. I have worked with Mauro for a few years and I feel he is a brilliant contributor to shifting the mentality of corporations and infusing good design in them. Bravo.Mauro is really an astute design agent of change- he is changing the corporate landscapes by injecting design as the great brand differentiator. I have worked with Mauro for a few years and I feel he is a brilliant contributor to shifting the mentality of corporations and infusing good design in them. Bravo.”

    Karim Rashid, Konductor at Karim Rashid Inc.

  • Mauro Porcini “Mauro is really an astute design agent of change- he is changing the corporate landscapes by injecting design as the great brand differentiator. I have worked with Mauro for a few years and I feel he is a brilliant contributor to shifting the mentality of corporations and infusing good design in them. Bravo.Mauro is really an astute design agent of change- he is changing the corporate landscapes by injecting design as the great brand differentiator. I have worked with Mauro for a few years and I feel he is a brilliant contributor to shifting the mentality of corporations and infusing good design in them. Bravo.”
    5 / 5
  • “Mauro Porcini is one of the most creative and visionary design leaders that I know. He recognizes the value that design thinking brings not just to the creation of compelling products, but to the organizations that make them and the processes that create them. He has brought that thinking to one of the world's great companies, 3M, and has made remarkable progress is creating a culture of creativity and innovation there that builds on that company's long-held strength in that area. I know of few people better able to convey the importance and excitement of design thinking than Mauro Porcini. He is a real change agent.Mauro Porcini is one of the most creative and visionary design leaders that I know. He recognizes the value that design thinking brings not just to the creation of compelling products, but to the organizations that make them and the processes that create them. He has brought that thinking to one of the world's great companies, 3M, and has made remarkable progress is creating a culture of creativity and innovation there that builds on that company's long-held strength in that area. I know of few people better able to convey the importance and excitement of design thinking than Mauro Porcini. He is a real change agent.”

    Tom Fisher, Professor, Director at University of Minnesota

  • Mauro Porcini “Mauro Porcini is one of the most creative and visionary design leaders that I know. He recognizes the value that design thinking brings not just to the creation of compelling products, but to the organizations that make them and the processes that create them. He has brought that thinking to one of the world's great companies, 3M, and has made remarkable progress is creating a culture of creativity and innovation there that builds on that company's long-held strength in that area. I know of few people better able to convey the importance and excitement of design thinking than Mauro Porcini. He is a real change agent.Mauro Porcini is one of the most creative and visionary design leaders that I know. He recognizes the value that design thinking brings not just to the creation of compelling products, but to the organizations that make them and the processes that create them. He has brought that thinking to one of the world's great companies, 3M, and has made remarkable progress is creating a culture of creativity and innovation there that builds on that company's long-held strength in that area. I know of few people better able to convey the importance and excitement of design thinking than Mauro Porcini. He is a real change agent.”
    5 / 5
  • “Mauro is a leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth. Compining his design leadership with 3M's deep reservoir of innovative technologies, Mauro is making a compelling case for design as a strategic business tool. Now that Mauro is working face-to-face with 3M teams at the company's headquarters in Minnesota, the pace of innovation seems to already be accelerating, and it will be very interesting to see what new ideas the company brings to market in the next few years.”

    Tom Kelley, Partner at IDEO

  • Mauro Porcini “Mauro is a leading thinker in the application of design strategies to business growth. Compining his design leadership with 3M's deep reservoir of innovative technologies, Mauro is making a compelling case for design as a strategic business tool. Now that Mauro is working face-to-face with 3M teams at the company's headquarters in Minnesota, the pace of innovation seems to already be accelerating, and it will be very interesting to see what new ideas the company brings to market in the next few years.”
    5 / 5

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