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Team
Michele Colaninno
Chairman of the Board
Michele holds a degree in Business & Economics from the Università Cattolica of Milan.

He is Chief Executive Officer of Immsi S.p.A., a listed company with diversified business interests in finance, real estate (Is Molas Golf Resort), naval (Intermarine) and mobility industry. Immsi is the controlling holding company of Piaggio Group where Michele is Director of their Board as well as being responsible for strategy and product.
Greg Lynn
Chief Executive Officer
For the last 30 years Greg Lynn has been at the intersection of the digital and physical in architecture.

He is the founder of Greg Lynn FORM where in addition to award winning buildings he has designed industrial objects in production with companies like Swarovski, Alessi and Vitra. As the Design Advisor of the Palo Alto retailer Curbside he is responsible for the company's physical identity.

He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture and returns to the American Pavilion for a second time in 2016 where he will represent the United States again. He has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and is a Fellow of United States Artists.

Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. Forbes Magazine named him one of the world's ten most influential architects.

He is a Studio Professor at UCLA, o. Univ. Professor at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. He is the author of eight books.
Jeffrey Schnapp
Chief Visionary Officer
Jeffrey is co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and the founder-director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, a knowledge and technology design studio dedicated to exploring and expanding the frontiers of networked culture.

Professor in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the Graduate School of Design, holder of the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair, he is a leading international figure in the digital media field, has led a number of pioneering software development and design projects, and is the author of an influential corpus of publications that includes twenty-five books and hundreds of essays. In addition to widespread coverage in the international press, Schnapp's research has received support from leading foundations such as John Simon Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, Getty, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett, and Knight.

His work in the domains of design, digital arts, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.
Brian Kendall
Chief Financial Officer
Brian moved to Boston from Denver, Colorado. He studied Accounting and Finance at Texas Tech University and MBA at Northeastern University. After college he pursued a career as a professional cyclist for four years, and continues to have a passion for cycling. He began his next career track at New Frontier Media, a publicly traded international media company in Boulder Colorado, and then grew his experience in scaling startups at RuMe, a textile manufacturing and resale company, as well as Faction Holdings, an Infrastructure as a Service company. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of Financial Executives International as well as the Association for Corporate Growth.

Three fun facts:
1) Was a professional cyclist
2) Love to cook and attempt to make anything I can from scratch
3) Grew up on a ranch in Texas
Mitchell Weiss
Chief Operating Officer
Mitchell Weiss is the Chief Operating Officer at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for engineering and volume production. Mitchell began building and developing robots as a teenager in the 70's and has never stopped.

Mitchell comes to PFF from Seegrid Corporation, the first producer of vision-guided industrial vehicles. He was responsible for engineering, production, and technology development. Seegrid's products are used in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce.

Prior to that he was CTO for Brooks-PRI Automation, a supplier of advanced factory automation systems used by semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Mitchell was President and founder of ProgramMation, Inc., which PRI Automation acquired in 1993 and co-founded United States Robots in 1980, which was acquired by Square D company in 1982.

Mitchell is co-author of the textbook "Industrial Robotics: Technology, Programming and Applications", has taught automation and robotics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, and engineering design at MIT. Mitchell holds twenty-five patents on robotics and automation systems and has contributed automation papers for trade journal publication and trade presentations and has been featured speaker at many events. He is a member of standards organizations and is vice-chair of the F45 committee of ASTM which is developing standards for the performance measurement of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. He received a B.S. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T, and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from Northeastern University.
Lisa Lewis
Chief Marketing Officer
Lisa Lewis is Chief Marketing Officer of PFF where she is responsible for facilitating growth, sales and a strategic marketing vision for the gita robot and all products produced by PFF. She brings with her more than 20 years of marketing experience and big plans for PFF’s first product, the gita robot. A California girl at heart, Lisa was born in Boston, raised in California but relocated back to Boston where she earned her BA in Business Management from Curry College while working full-time at Reebok.

After earning her degree, she quickly rose through the ranks at Reebok where she discovered her love for brand marketing and her knack for building global campaigns and managing VIP partnerships. She has since led the digital marketing efforts for American Eagle Outfitters, served as Brand Manager at Converse for the Chuck Taylor brand, and served as Head of Lifestyle and Music Marketing at Puma.  Eventually, her love of technology led her to join Sonos, Inc. where she held several roles including Global Head of Product Collaborations over her nearly seven years in-house. Most recently, she was the VP of Marketing for the 100 year old Keds brand, where she rebuilt their strategy around women empowerment and was part of an all-women leadership team, which is unprecedented in the sneaker industry.

Her most important roles however, are that of mom - to a spirited 3- year-old Vander and a mysterious 5-month old Phoenix - and wife - to a supportive husband Jed. With a love for travel, she always has the next family getaway planned, usually including a beach, some yoga (she’s a certified yoga teacher), and a lot of music to sing and dance to.
Andrene McDowall
General Counsel
Andrene is the General Counsel at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is responsible for directing and overseeing all corporate legal matters.

Her broad legal experience includes corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, employment and litigation. She served as Senior Director, Senior Counsel at Insulet Corporation from October 2016 to March 2019, where she provided legal guidance relating to clinical trials, new product development, complex commercial transactions, regulatory issues, market access and customer service.

Previously she was Associate General Counsel & Privacy Director at ModusLink Corporation, where her responsibilities included handling complex commercial transactions, human resources, corporate governance, and data privacy. She began her legal career at Goodwin Procter LLP where she was an Associate in the corporate department and represented public and private companies on various corporate matters. She received a B.A., cum laude, in Business Management and International Business from Florida International University and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
Elizabeth Murphy
VP of Communications and PR
Elizabeth joins Piaggio Fast Forward as Vice President, Communications and PR.  She is a strategic partner and trusted advisor with more than 17 years of combined in-house and agency experience building global brand awareness through innovative high-impact partnerships, promotional campaigns, product placement, social media and digital marketing initiatives, immersive events, influencer and celebrity collaborations and traditional public relations. She has worked with brands across industries from luxury lifestyle, beauty & wellness, fashion, entertainment and hospitality including Swarovski, Estee Lauder, Jim Beam Brands, Frederic Fekkai, Best Buy/Geek Squad, among others.

Elizabeth is proud of all her work but highlights include championing 10 years of production design collaborations for the Academy Awards, building amazing costume design collaborations across film, television, theatre and music with award-winning designers, and establishing a scholarship program and masterclass with UCLA's School of Theatre Film & Television and the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design.

Elizabeth graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a degree in Business along with minors in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and Psychology. She has just relocated to Boston after 20 years in Los Angeles with her Labrador retriever, Abby in tow.
Jean-Claude Coutant
VP of Product Engineering
Jean-Claude Coutant is the VP of Product Engineering at Piaggio Fast Forward where he leads the engineering teams responsible for the development and implementation of gita. With 20+ years of experience in the technology industry, he oversees the Hardware/Software, Mechanical and Robotics development at PFF.

Prior to joining PFF, Jean-Claude Coutant served as a Vice President of engineering at Wind River, where he led the delivery of innovative products that enable customers to meet the challenges and opportunity for the embedded device software and the Internet of Things (IoT).

He received a B.S degree from Ecole Centrale, d'Electronique in Paris in Systems and Computer Science.
Ryanne Harms
VP of People Operations
Ryanne Harms is the VP of People Operations at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is responsible for people operations, office operations, facilities, events, and in true start up fashion, anything else that comes up.

She grew her career at tech start ups in the Boston area, sized from a dozen people to global companies of hundreds. Her strengths include people and office operations and she knows what it takes to tackle the gaps in a start up environment and scale their operations successfully.  She is passionate about creating and optimizing process, building incredible teams, and culture.

Prior to her role at PFF, she was the Office Operations Manager for DataXu, a venture backed advertising technology company in Boston's Innovation district.  Ryanne attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with studies in pre-med and psychology.  She also competed in and won the Miss New Hampshire USA 2012 competition and represented her state in the Miss USA pageant that same year.  Outside of the office, Ryanne enjoys hanging with her pup, skiing, snowmobiling, spending time at the lake, and bingeing the latest Netflix sensation.
Katrina Weiss
Senior Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Katrina Weiss is the Senior Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Piaggio Fast Forward where she is dedicated to applying data analysis and creativity to her role in product management. Katrina is passionate about customer satisfaction and thrives in small team, collaborative environments.

Prior to joining the team at PFF, Katrina worked in sourcing operations at New Balance. She also spent time in various areas of supply chain and operations, including a start-up, private organization, publicly traded large scale corporation and non-profit organizations.

In her free time, Katrina can be found anywhere in the outdoors, most often in the mountains - skiing, hiking, camping, or just relaxing with friends. She is always up for an adventure.

Katrina graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Management with a focus on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and went on to complete her Master's in Sports Leadership at Northeastern University.
Josh Cramoy
Senior Director of Business Operations
Before PFF, Josh spent five years at HubSpot, where he worked on Marketing Operations before making the change to Business Operations, scaling, and supporting the broader organization's software stack and business processes. Before that, Josh worked at Keurig Dr. Pepper as well as spending ten years as a nationally touring musician. He is an avid technology and coding enthusiast, with a particular interest in the impact of AI and automation on the future of our global society. At PFF, Josh leads our team of talented Data Analysts and Data Engineers. The Business Operations team works across the organization to develop integrations, build data pipelines, manage our data warehouse and BI stack, deliver reporting, and support our software systems, to help grow and scale the business.

Outside of work, Josh can mainly be found writing and performing music with his bands, playing video games, or enjoying a craft beer or bourbon with friends while debating politics and philosophy. He is also an avid hockey player, skier, waterskier, Patriots fan, and loves to ride his Harley.
Peter Walderzak
Senior Director of Product Support
Peter is the Senior Director of Product Support at Piaggio Fast Forward where he is responsible for all things Customer Care / Product Support. Prior to PFF, Peter has built customer care centers for Greater New York Hospital Association and most recently Neurometrix. At Neurometrix, he launched the customer care department for Quell, a new alternative to chronic pain. There he also trained and managed the third-party call center that handled sales calls and general inquiries for the product as well as an internal team of specialists. He worked with major retailers (QVC, Target, Walmart, BestBuy, CVS) to train their teams on the benefits of Quell.

He believes every customer deserves to be handled with VIP treatment and should walk away from the interaction remembering that conversation.

When Peter isn’t delighting customers, he spends most of his time with his ladies (wife and two daughters) and his son. Peter also enjoys spending time on the golf course and a good pick-up game of basketball.
Board of Directors
Roberto Colaninno
Chairman/CEO, Piaggio Group
Chairman, IMMSI Group
Roberto Colaninno is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Piaggio & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of IMMSI S.p.A., the company that controls the Piaggio Group. He is Honorary Chairman of Alitalia-Società Aerea Italiana and a member of the company's Board of Directors.

After his early experience in Italian auto components maker Fiaam, of which he became Chief Executive Officer, in 1981 Mr Colaninno founded the Sogefi company in Mantua. Under his leadership, Sogefi expanded to become one of Italy's primary auto components players and a stock-listed company. During this period, he held senior positions in a number of leading US and British automotive multinationals. In September 1996, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Olivetti, at a time when the Ivrea-based company was experiencing a serious crisis. Thanks in part to international agreements, he rapidly restored Olivetti to health and transformed it into a telecommunications holding, with controlling shares in Omnitel and Infostrada and minority interests in the information technology business.

In February 1999, Mr Colaninno led Olivetti in a public tender offer for Telecom Italia worth more than €60 billion, the largest takeover bid ever made in Italy up to that time. Olivetti acquired approximately 51% of Telecom Italia and Mr Colaninno was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, as well as Chairman of TIM, holding these posts until July 31, 2001.

In September 1998, he established Omniaholding S.p.A., the family-owned financial company of which he is Chairman. In September 2002, Mr Colaninno joined other partners to form Omniainvest S.p.A., a holding in which Omniaholding currently owns the majority. In November 2002, through Omniaholding and Omniainvest, he acquired IMMSI S.p.A., a stock-listed real estate holding company.

Beginning in February 2003, IMMSI also acquired shareholdings in industrial and services companies, notably control of the Piaggio Group and of the Intermarine Group. In 2008 IMMSI S.p.A. was one of the founders of CAI (Compagnia Aerea Italiana), the company that acquired the Alitalia and Airone airlines. Mr Colaninno has served as a director of Mediobanca, Capitalia and other financial organisations.

Mr Colaninno has been a member of the Confindustria Management Committee and the Confindustria Board since 2005. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary degree in Business & Economics from the University of Lecce. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary master's diploma in Management, Innovation & Services Engineering from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, a special-statute university in Pisa.
Davide Zanolini
Chief Marketing Officer,
Piaggio Group
Davide joined the Piaggio group in November 2013, where he currently serves as Executive Vice-President of Marketing and Communication and directs strategic marketing operations for all of the company's brands on the worldwide stage.

A graduate of the Università Bocconi in Business Economics, his marketing experience includes work with the Pernod Ricard group, the Walt Disney Company, and the Perfetti Van Melle group, where his responsibilities included serving as Director of Marketing for Brazil and, subsequently, International Director of Marketing at Perfetti's headquarters in Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2013 he served as Global Marketing Vice President at Pirelli Tyre.

A perennial globetrotter and motorcyclist with an abiding interest in mobility and the world of motor sports, he is passionate about design, golf, soccer, and everything and anything that stimulates the curiosity of someone deeply fascinated by change and innovation.
Alessandra Simonotto
Chief Financial Officer,
Piaggio Group
Alessandra holds a degree in Economics from the Università degli Studi di Genova and an MBA from the Università degli Studi di Torino.

She has been with the Piaggio Group for more than 20 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in administration, finance and control. Continuing her growth, she took on the role of Chief Financial Officer in October 2019.
Miguel Galluzzi
Designer in Chief,
Piaggio Group
Miguel currently heads Piaggio's Advanced Design Center (PADC) in Pasadena, California, where he manages the design of the Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera motorcycle brands, working closely with the company's styling headquarters (Piaggio Group Style Center) in Italy as well as its research and development centers in China, India and Vietnam.

Widely known for having designed the Ducati Monster, Galluzzi has also designed the Aprilia Dorsoduro, RSV4, and Tuono — as well as the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer and California 1400. Under Galluzzi's direction, Moto Guzzi received the Motorcycle Design Association Award in 2012, and in 2013, Visor Down named Galuzzi one of its Top Ten motorcycle designers.
Mario Di Maria
Chairman/CEO,
Piaggio Group Americas
Mario Di Maria is currently Chairman and CEO of the Piaggio Group Americas. He has been with the Piaggio Group since 2007, but his experience in the powersport/automotive industry is vast, first serving as Area Manager for Nissan in 1996. Five years later he moved to BMW and strengthened his sales experience as Field Operating Manager.

A move to the Fiat Group occurred in 2004, where his roles became increasingly important. His first position as Country Manager for Alfa Romeo UK lead to him becoming Regional Director and Project Leader for Europe, China and the United States.

He held that position before moving to the Piaggio Group in 2007, holding positions in the 2-, 3-, and 4-wheel departments. In 2009 DiMario became Director of Sales and Marketing for the Asia Pacific 2-wheel market. A position he held until 2013, where he then took the position of Commercial Director of API-IP.
Edoardo Ducci
Chief Financial Officer,
Piaggio USA
Edoardo Ducci graduated with a degree in Business Administration and began his career at Deloitte.

He joined Piaggio Group in 2007 where he served for over ten years with increasing responsibility. Edoardo is currently CFO of the Americas region for Piaggio Group and he is a licensed CPA since 2018.
Team
Michele Colaninno
Chairman of the Board
Greg Lynn
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Schnapp
Chief Visionary Officer
Brian Kendall
Chief Financial Officer
Mitchell Weiss
Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Lewis
Chief Marketing Officer
Andrene McDowall
General Counsel
Elizabeth Murphy
VP of Communications and PR
Jean-Claude Coutant
VP of Product Engineering
Ryanne Harms
VP of People Operations
Katrina Weiss
Senior Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Josh Cramoy
Senior Director of Business Operations
Peter Walderzak
Senior Director of Product Support
Board of Directors
Roberto Colaninno
Chairman/CEO, Piaggio Group
Chairman, IMMSI Group
Davide Zanolini
Chief Marketing Officer,
Piaggio Group
Alessandra Simonotto
Chief Financial Officer,
Piaggio Group
Miguel Galluzzi
Designer in Chief,
Piaggio Group
Mario Di Maria
Chairman/CEO,
Piaggio Group Americas
Edoardo Ducci
Chief Financial Officer,
Piaggio USA