Tell us about your journey at Luxottica.
I began as an intern in Milan in 2006 and continued working there for the first few years in the PR office. Then, thanks to the process through which models were selected and publicised to the press, I began dealing with products-specific areas and fell in love straight away.
And so, I moved to Agordo and since 2010, I’ve carried out various roles related to product function, dedicating myself to the development of collections for certain brands.
These experiences have only increased my passion for this sector, giving me a comprehensive overview of the process involved in developing collections and leading me to the position I hold today.
I currently deal with cross-brand projects within the scope of R&D and Product Development. The aim of my role in “Projects & Change Management” is to update the ways in which we develop collections by taking processes in their current form and reworking them based on future challenges.
If you had to describe what Luxottica means to you, what would be the defining word you would choose?
For me, Luxottica can be summed up in two words: it’s a gym and a school.
It’s a gym because each day is different from the last and you and your colleagues have to keep working on your emotions, timing and pace... but most of all, you have to understand that teamwork yields even greater results.
And it’s a school too because the more you learn, the more there is to learn. The more you delve into things, the more you realise you'll never get bored. The more you discover, the more you’re able to connect the dots. You realise the extent to which we’re all interconnected and just how much each person’s contribution helps in completing the puzzle.
What is your motto and why?
“There are two types of travelers: those who wait until they reach their destination and those who enjoy the journey”.
I fall into the second category. For me, each task and each project has its own unique appeal that you can only unearth by approaching each step of the process with enthusiasm and curiosity. In a nutshell, “enjoy the ride”.
What advice would you give to university students or young professionals considering a career in product development?
I’m biased. I would say that Product Development is the most emotional, exciting and tangible area there is.
Here you see glasses come to life, from strategy, design and prototypes through to the development process. You see how they perform and sell, and whether they succeed or fail.
And finally, you see their purpose come to end when they’re discontinued and taken off the market.
This is an area where dreams and reality come together.
It’s an area where enthusiasm and curiosity are always essential and one that requires outstanding multitasking abilities, as well as a mixture of other high-level skills.
What does collaboration look like in your office?
Collaboration is the heart and soul of product development.
When developing a collection, every single figure is fundamental. This includes designers, people working in technical and strategic product-strategy roles, and all supporting staff-and-services roles.
What is the most important lesson you have learned here?
Never take anything for granted. Anything (or almost anything) is possible.
Each of us is different and the journeys we go on and contributions we make to the organisation are individual. They aren’t meant to be copied or pre-determined by other people. These unique approaches determine our journey as a company; a journey that we can only figure out by moving forward together, one step at a time.
Are you able to balance your personal goals with your professional goals at Luxottica?
I love my job, but it hasn’t forced me to give up my private life.
I’m a very happy mum to a little girl who has just turned 5 and, to my amazement, motherhood has not meant that I’ve had to take difficult decisions about what to sacrifice in terms of my work and private life. Instead, it has enabled me to improve my organisational skills and think clearer at work, helping me to put situations and projects into context better.