Marzano’s successor will be Sean Carney, who is the current chief design officer for the Philips Consumer Lifestyle division.

“I thank Stefano for his considerable contributions to Philips as well as the profession of design at large,” said Frans van Houten, chief executive officer of Philips.

“In his twenty years leading design for the company, Stefano has shaped a design competence and team that has been a key differentiator for the company.

“He is a recognised design leader and has been successful in making design integral to Philips’ mission, to create meaningful innovations to improve people’s lives.”

“It has truly been an honour to lead the talented group of creatives that make-up Philips Design,” said  Marzano.

“We have been an active partner in shaping design, ensuring that the design competence brings meaningful and relevant value to people, business and society.”

Marzano joined Philips in 1973, working in the Major Domestic Appliances division in Italy. He commenced his position as chief design officer in 1991.

Born in Varese, Italy in 1950, Marzano graduated from the Milan Polytechnic Institute with a doctorate in Architecture.

Marzano is a highly respected and widely published expert on design. His leadership and influence on design and design management at Philips Design has been profound and will be long lasting.

Curve ran an exclusive profile story on Marzano in Curve Issue 35, prior to this announcement.

Marzano features in three other editions of Curve. These articles can be viewed in each print back issue, and in the Curve archives when you Subscribe

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