In an effort to facilitate community-building, DVN has decided to focus each month on a lighting company. The first week of each month, we’ll present an interview of one company’s CEO; two weeks later, you’ll see a detailed analytical report on a lighting system (of one extent or another) developed and produced by that same company. I think this two-part strategy will help you to better know the company, their strategy, the personality of their management, and their vision and philosophy.
We get the new series kicked off this week with an interview of Valeo’s Maurizio Martinelli. He usually gives no interviews, but I am pleased and grateful that he’s made a special exception for us because I worked a long time with him, and together we solved some very difficult challenges posed by the lighting systems we were designing.
Maurizio joined Valeo in 2000 as General Manager of Lighting Systems/Italy before moving to France during 2005—a bigger operation. So, step-by-step, he learned the lighting business before his nomination as VP of Valeo’s lighting activities overall.
We retain of this interview his first value which is the respect for people and teamwork to get people committed to the maximum of their ability and working together to achieve more than what is possible by individual work. He is also convinced that mutual trust is crucial: “People are our best asset when we are able to create the right environment to allow to get the best out of each member of the team”.
In two weeks’ time, we shall present an analysis of a lighting system from Valeo, that of the newly-launched Jagaur XJ you will be able to see at the IAA this month.
DVN Editor in Chief