It's called preparing for the future.
Ferrari has laid the groundwork for some of the most significant changes it'll undergo in its 75-year history. Ferrari's new CEO, Benedetto Vigna, has just completed his first major task in the role by overhauling the carmaker's organizational structure with a major new emphasis on innovation, optimizing processes, and boosting internal and external collaboration to develop and implement new technologies. To accomplish this, Vigna needed to clean house.
We reported last month that Ferrari's top three managers were departing, including Chief Technology Officer Michael Leiters, who joined the company in 2014. During his tenure, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale and 296 GTB, the company's first two electrified models, were launched. Also on the cut list is Chief Manufacturing Officer Vincenzo Regazzoni and Chief Brand Diversification Officer Nicola Boari. Ferrari has just announced their replacements.
Gianmaria Fulgenzi, who has worked for Ferrari since 2002, is the new Chief Product Development Officer. He's held a number of key positions over the years and is reportedly well-suited for the vital job. Ernesto Lasalandra, a veteran of STMicroelectronics where he served as group VP, is the new Chief Research & Development Officer. Longtime Ferrari employee Philippe Krief, will serve as his deputy.
Silvia Gabrielli, who joined Ferrari from Microsoft in 2019, is the new Chief Digital & Data Officer. Davide Abate, now Chief Technologies & Infrastructure Officer, joined Ferrari in 2012 and previously served as Head of Technologies. He's now tasked with "collaboration and alignment between development and manufacturing our cars," according to Ferrari's press release.
Angelo Pesci, also from STMicroelectronics, will become the Chief Purchasing & Quality Officer. Andrea Antichi, another longtime Ferrari alum, will take over as the Chief Manufacturing Officer, previously serving as Head of Vehicle. Vigna, himself a 26-year STMicroelectronics employee who took over as Ferrari CEO on September 1, poached some talented colleagues whose expertise, he believes, will be extremely beneficial to Ferrari's future.
"We want to push the boundaries further in all areas by harnessing technology in a unique Ferrari way," he said. "Our new organization will enhance our agility, essential to seizing the opportunities ahead of us in this fast-evolving environment."