Umberto is a B2B Business Development leader helping corporations and early-stage companies create new market spaces, new channels and new customers. His business experience spans from lean and agile to more traditional development environments across a wide variety of industries and world geographies. His #1 specialty is building strategic partnerships. His signature is centering product and service innovation on customer insight. His method is a disciplined approach that blends risk management, result metrics and project management.
Umberto’s extensive experience in the petrochemical industry includes roles in global business development, product development and marketing in thermoplastics, thermosets and specialty chemicals businesses (including electronics) at Dow Chemical, Honeywell International and Dupont de Nemours. He further sharpened his business and new product development skills in the agrifood space where he dealt with global issues of food security and advanced ag-tech innovation working in the Corteva group. Umberto was also very fortunate to participate in a biotech business transferring genetic human therapeutics to plants and animals for a better environment and a safer food production.
Umberto received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. During his formative years, Umberto honed his financial writing and editing skills at Dow Jones Newswires covering commodities, interest rates and currency derivatives. His bachelor degree is in linguistics, which help him familiarize with several languages and foreign cultures.
His daughter and wife are the core of his world and everything else works best when things revolve around these two suns with the clockwork precision of a planetary system.
Favorite Innovation Quote
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
– Yogi Berra