Francesco Stefanelli

Italian, International Manager | PhD


Sometimes dreams become true.
It was never-ending year, started with the TOEFL Test (ETS, Milano).
Interested on US Nearshoring Subjects, I have been studying/working on Supply Chain Strategy, under the guide of the Japanese Director Nobuyuki Tamaru-san; being in contact with Prof. Jim Rice from Boston MIT, I decided to start the long PhD path, living across Italy, nearby the UNIVPM of Ancona, and the United States of America, nearby the Boston MIT.
My focus area was to study the Post-Globalization scenario, achieve a deep understanding about the Supply Chain Adaptivity into Strategy; a short summary follows:

-Executive Track in Industrial Engineering, Supply Chain Strategy, Agreement with JMAC Europe
-Involved in a Supply Chain Strategy Project for Intel Company
-Lecturer, Supply Chain Adaptability, GC-LOG MIT Scale Network Program, hosted by Roberto Perez-Franco
-Italian Academic Advisors: Fattori-Tamaru (references JMAC EuropeJMAC Japan), Paone-Bevilacqua (UNIVPM)
-American Academic Advisors: Rice (MIT-CTL Deputy Director), subject: Supply Chain Nearshoring, turned to Reg-Shoring
-American Project Supervisors: Perez-Franco and Phadnis (MIT-CTL), subject: Supply Chain Adaptability
-Supply Chain Strategy Courses: “Driving Strategic Advantages” (MIT-CTL, for Executives)
-Attended “Crossroads 2014” Conference, hosted by MIT-CTL
-MIT became as Official in my PhD European Comittee, through an International Agreement
-Mentioned by the Financial Times, here
-Mentioned by the MIT-CTL Journal, here
-Mentioned by the New York Times, here
-Published in the Industry Week, here
-Mentioned by the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, (Future Tense, 3rd edition, Dec.2015) here
-Re-published in the MIT-CTL Official Supply Chain Blog at this link
-Mentioned by L’espresso, here
-Published in the Leadership&Management Magazine, download the article here
-Presented at the 6th IESM Management Conference (IESM 2015)
-Published in the IESM 2015 Official Proceedings (JMAC Europe re-published internally, here)
-Co-author at the “Industry 4.0: Advanced Manufacturing Strategies” Conference (Milan, Fall 2015, look at the brochure, here)
-Interviewed by NZZ, (Milan, Spring 2016), here
-Published in the Supply Chain Management Review, (July 2017), here
-Presented at JMAC Seminar: “Reshoring: from post-globalization to a local-to-local scenario” (Milan, June 2016)
-Interviewed at FutureMakers Seminar: “Liquid Business” (Ancona, September 2017). Infos here.
-Published in the European Business Review, Magazine details are enclosed here
-Published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management Systems, details are enclosed here
-Been Reviewer of IEEE 2018 International Workshop on Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT (Brescia, April 2018). Look at related info here.
-Extra Relationships: MIT Global Scale Network Malaysia, University of Bologna.
-Activities and Societies: PIB (Italian Professionals in Boston), MITaly (The Italian Association at MIT), MIT Sailing Club, MIT-LCE, MITaly Soccer Team
-Been Reviewer of “International Journal of Lean Six Sigma” (Shanghai, China, Sept. 2019). For further detail click here


I have been loved my Japanese collegues and friends -but it was time to change, the only constant existing.
Therefore, I decided to accept an exciting and challenging role nearby Ariston Thermo Group, a rising Global Company in the Industry related top 5, headquartered in the Middle of Italy and operating in the entire World with >30 Production Plants and >150 Sites.
I became the Head of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Development programs across Plants in Europe, North America and APAC regions, implementing project’s guidelines and managing resources in order to achieve planned results across the Group’s T&I and the Supply Chain Areas.

As listed below, my role is (in summary):

-Supply Chain Strategy.
Footprint improvement in order to evaluate, manage and deliver Global Supply Chain activities in order to support the M&A Strategy Team.
Designed, headed and developed a Global Working Capital Reduction Program at Group level, across EU and APAC areas; program has been expanded to Agility in order to combinate industrial needs to an overall cash to cash cycle’s improvement. Results after 1 year: +378% (>100 M€) Working Capital, at better operating conditions of domain.
Program furtherly expanded his domain to InterCompany asset management to optimize internal operations and global cash-to-cash cycle, by financial and fiscal perspectives.

-Operations/Global Supply Chain Areas.
Supervisor of WCM and WCL programs nearby selected plants in Italy, Belgium, Russia and France. Headed the 3PL Partner’s development in Italy (WCL), headed the internal Team, expanded the program from 1 to 5 sites across Europe (WCL).
Attempt to WCM Bronze for Russia Plant in 2 years, from ranked 2nd place as worst plant at the very beginning of my assignment.

-Digital Transformation.
From Technology Roadmap, to scouting (nearby funds, startups and suppliers) including field delivery, co-managed projects related to the digitalization/Industry 4.0 of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Group.
Technology Roadmap settled down the Digitalization Strategy in the 2020 Plan.

-Lectures: “Supply Chain: the challenge to the Digitalization”, Executive Master nearby ISTAO Business School (Ancona, Fall 2018)


Fascinated by Lean Thinking Culture and by the Toyota Production System, I decided to increase my knowledge in this area.
Therefore, I started my Japanese “lean thinking journey” – and it has been amazing and memorable: I joined into JMAC Europe, the oldest Japanese Firm in the Management Consulting Industry; born in the 1942, JMAC HQ is based in Tokyo, but the whole Company operates across more than 10 offices and hundreds of consultants. Milan Office represents the European HQ.

High pressure, multi-tasking view and no-hours schedule made this job hard and rough; even if I have been living fast, I met wonderful people, I learned a lot, I got a sense of satisfaction never had before and moreover I had great opportunities to learn.

Summary of my JMAC 7 years have been reported here below:

-Operations/Global Supply Chain Area.
Served >30 different Clients in >55 projects, across >15 industries, living nearby 5 Countries (Italy, Sweden, France, Seychelles, Spain).
Been working in international teams, also aside JMAC Japan, JMAC Thailand and JMAC Scandinavia. Trained in Italy and in Japan.
-Leveled up twice among Consultant ranges’ (2013 and 2015)
-Leveled up to Manager in the 2016′ fall
-Presentations: “Advanced Manufacturing Strategies” (about Industry 4.0, Milan, November 2015), “Reshoring: a post global “local-to-local” scenario” (about Supply Chain Strategy and Reshoring, Milan, June 2016)
-Lectures: SC Strategy Course nearby University of Bologna, Industrial Engineering Faculty (Bologna, Spring 2013), “Living Operations” Executive Master nearby ISTAO (Ancona, Spring 2017)
-Research Activity Support: “Lean Survey” (promoted by the University of Ancona, by the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Fall 2015) and “Process/Product innovation and related interactions” (promoted by the University of Bologna, Fall 2016)


After June 2009, I did have to decide what to do of my career: I studied IELTS test of English and I achieved the Advanced Level under British Council Final Test, for first; then, I prepared the Italian Final Test of Engineering: after 4 steps in Bologna (BO), I have been a member of the Italian National Border of Engineers, class A, Sector Industrial Engineering, since that time, it was year 2010.
Moreover, I sent my application to ISTAO Business School, Ancona (AN): once accepted, I also managed to gain a scholarship supplied by ISTAO Partners; ISTAO Business School is the oldest Italian Business School, and it was founded by Prof. Giorgio Fuà, according to Adriano Olivetti and to the CRN. The Institute also collaborate with the most prestigious World Universities (i.e. Harvard and MIT).
My final internship was nearby Consulgroup, Ancona (AN), a medium size consultancy company, collaborating with PE funds and operating in the middle of Italy, mainly concerning Restructuring: I became a “Lean Agent”.
In the same time, I managed to be admitted to spend 1 year at the Boston’s MIT (MA, USA), with the guide of professors Jim Rice: burocracy and organizational issues did not let me leave.
Since that, my dream would have been called a 3 letters word: “MIT”


I have been attending BSc in Industrial Engineering from 2003 to 2007. My final dissertation titled: “Quality System Analysis: the Gatto Kitchens Spa case”; during these years, I focused my studies across Industrial Engineering, working small Italian companies.

During MSc, I have been attracted by new subjects such as the New Economy Industry, the Renowables Industry (then, in 2010, I would have been interviewed by “the Space of Politics”, through ENEL about the Nuclear Debate in Italy and the Digital Technologies. Above all, I got fascinated by the “Lean Thinking”, the famous Industrial Management Japanese System.

Therefore, I prepared a long final dissertation, where I could learn directly from the field.

I worked on a subject I finally titled as follows: “Flux analysis, re-layout and assessment of production mix enlargement”.

I approached on Supply Chain Management and Operations mainly: results where more than I have been hoping (listed top 7% on AAA 2008-2009) and my work has been published in the University’s database.

Again, it was time to decide. Or maybe not yet.



Born in Ancona, March 1984, I have been attending the Public Scientific Liceum “Luigi di Savoia”, sited in Ancona (AN); meanwhile I got experienced some months abroad (London and Dublin) to study English. Partecipated to several competitions such as Latin’s Games, Math’s Olympics and Bocconi ELEUSI Games- passed the final examination with the highest marks, I also won the CONI/Panathlon prize 2001 as “student athlete”.
It was definitely time to leave: my destination was Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest University in all over the world, the University of Bologna, Bologna (BO).


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