riccardo montagn@hotmail.com

Operation Director

About Me

Operation &Innovation Manager – February 2020 – August 2021 ITALY & CHINA
• Reorganize entirely the Purchase Area (55prs) . Creation and definition of a Technical & Control Quality Office. Creation from scratch of a technical office with a QC task and a new IT support system
• Starting the digital revolution process creating a new PLM and a new 3D modelling
• Ideate of the process to create a product and quality office in Shanghai
• Audit process, Outsourcing of quality control of raw materials.
• Major achievement: Reduction from 155 suppliers to 45 with the introduction of new direct non-trading suppliers in all Asian countries. Increase of average margin by 15% with an improvement of 30% on leather goods.

Director of Product @ AK Company Limited July 2017 – February 2020 SHANGHAI CHINA
• Implementing internal process for product development and product management. Source new factory and new supplier for fabric, garment, and accessory. Enlarge products range and products category with new technology. Supervising development of SMS and production.
• Manage a team of Buyer/Product developer/Merchandiser and Designers.
• Set-up a new QC system based on international standard, set-up procedure and QC/QA team. Introduce and set-up a PLM system.
• Major achievement: Reduce SKU number, increase sales per style, reduce development time, reduce style cancellation, reduce defect ratio, increase the average price and profit, others in progress.

Quality Assurance Manager Consultant @ Test Global Product
February 2003 – Up to date HONG KONG & CHINA
• Test Global Quality Assurance is a leading company based in HK specialized in QC for garment/ SLG/leather bags and shoes.
• Leading a team of QC based in a different Asian country and based on different skill/product category for daily operation. Factory evaluation for customer standard compliance. Setting up QA and QC procedures on the supplier. Defect analysis. Quality improvement plan. Fabric or leather inspection before putting in production line. Work with customer and with factory to set up Master Sample/PPS. Woven, knitwear, sweater, SLG, woman handbag, denim, shoes.
• Brand inspected, Furla, Dunhill, Golden Goose, North Sails, Boggi Milano, Marina Yachting, Cerruti, Elisabetta Franchi, Ferré, Marni.
• Major achievement: Make Test Global Quality Assurance a leading QC company based in HK specialized garment/ SLG/leather bags and shoes, increase customer satisfaction, enlarge area of operation, optimise inspector job load, setting up computer system for inspection.

Product Director @ Tristate C.P. Company
Sept. 2016 – July 2017 SHANGHAI CHINA
• Interacting with China and Hong Kong and Italy merchandise and design team for global product coordination.
• Create a business plan for brand expansion based on 3-year time. Create a new products line for CP Company as KID and Accessory.
• Major achievement: Development cost saving 20%, reduce development time of 15days, first global sales meeting of CP in China, first down jacket garment dyed made in China, first 3layer garment dyed jacket made in China, increase margin in buy of 5%.

International Product Manager @ Evergreen Outdoor Products
Sept 2007 – Sept 2010 and from Sept 2011 – Sept 2016 HONG KONG & CHINA
• Introduce a new paper pattern development and management system PLM (saving developing time/ reducing interpretation mistake/easy recall of carry-over/paper patter department more focus on quality).
Maintaining and upgrading quality of existing product lines and launching new product category while keeping

• up-to-date with emerging fashion trends (constant research of new technology and new material).

• Identifying new buyers, building relationship with national / international buyers and dealing with buying houses for expanding the business.
• Introducing new product category as per the season and trend requirement as well as coordinating with the production team for proper execution of bulk orders. Interfacing with buyer/ buying houses to identify product specification and take approval of samples.
• Major achievement: Turnover increased from 1M us to 18M us (2016), percentage of claim reduced constantly from 1% to 0.3% (2016), percentage of fabric and accessory inspected from 0% to 100%, time to develop a sample from drawing to 1st sample from 15days to 7days.

Textiles Buying Liaison Manager @ Artsana/Caben Asia Pacific Limited
Sept 2010 – Sept 2011 SHENZHEN CHINA
• Acted as key liaison manager between Italian headquarter company and our China office relating to textile products coordinated product design and development work with the company’s commercial buying activities. Prepared long- and short-term strategic plan.
• Terms. Represented the company at trade fairs and symposia as well as undertook regional and inter- continental travel to explore new business opportunities. Established and maintained strong relationships with suppliers, customers and other departments to facilitate the flow of goods and related information
Supervised designers on deciding and finalizing collections, collection structure, purchase price and margin.
• Major achievement: Introducing new production areas in China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, increase the average profit margin 5%, reduce the development cost (from 2% to 0.6%) using internal human resources, introduce a new system to monitor the supplier workflow.

Product Manager @ Loro Piana
Sept 2003 – Sept 2007 MILAN ITALY
• Led a team of senior category product manager divided by product category.
Acting as liaison between Mr Loro Piana, designer and product line manager, coordinating activity, product structure and quantity, and purchase price. Reduce the number of SMU and increase the sales quantity per style
• Major achievement: Increase sales turnover of 15%, reduce SKU number, introduce the 1st Loro Piana jkt garment dyed.

Product Manager @ Salewa Oberalp SpA
Sept 2002 – Sept 2003 MUNICH GERMANY & BOZEN ITALY
• Led product management initiatives for SALEWA brand – an Italian and European market leader in mountain clothing and hardware as well as back pack and climbing shoes.
• Coordinate activity between international Salewa offices and our development team, as well as create a team of athlete that can testing and sponsors our products.
• Major achievement: Setup a new office structure, create a system data base for managing fabric/SKU/unit sales, introduce 2 international design office, open a new development and QC office in Hong Kong, increase turnover from 39M to 43M Euro.

Product Manager @ Fila Sport brand Ciesse Piumini
Sept 2000 – Sept 2002 BIELLA ITALY
• Led product management initiatives for CIESSE PIUMINI brand – an Italian and European market leader in down jacket product and fashion ski clothing.
• Fabric research and benchmarked, supplier selection, research new design office and consultant, scouting market and compare competitor, follow up samples making and prepare collection ready for start sales with all linked activity.
• Major achievement: Create a new brand logo, introduce a first GoreTex/down ski products, enlarge product category with accessory and shoes, introduce kids’ collection.

Product Manager @ Tomasoni Topsails brand North Sails
Sept 1995 – Sept 2000 and from Sept 2003 – Sept 2007 RAPALLO ITALY
• Main operation: Led product management initiatives for North Sails brand – Italian and European market leader in sportswear clothing (product line includes man and woman shoes and accessories. •Conducted extensive research to analyse market potential and provided valuable inputs for new product development, marketing and brand visibility.
• Develop a complete range of clothing for Americas Cup Spanish Team, New Zealand Team and Alinghi team, development include a replica collection for wholesales market.
• Major achievement: Reduce collection led time development, create a data base for fabric mills, introduce a new external design team, introducing new production countries, increasing turnover from (18M Euro to 36M Euro 2000) Accomplish all the professional clothing for America’s cup boat sailor racer and all replica items generating an extra turnover of 12M Euro 2007.

Mitta S.r.L Production factory for professional gear for special forces. Production director assistant 1994-2000
Elpo S.p.a Import trading company market leader for professional clothing. Assistant Buyer manager 1992-1994


• 1986 College Degree ITN Amerigo Vespucci Genoa
• 1991 University of Genoa- Corso di Laurea in Political Science.
• 1999- 2000 Bocconi University Master of Business Administration – MBA, Industrial and Product Design,

Languages: Italian- Mother tongue. English- Proficiency. Mandarin-Elementary. Spanish-Basic.

Computer literacy: All MS SAP, AS 400, All PLM Program.

Hobbies & Sports: sailing, reading, movie, mountain running, climbing.

Reference: Available Upon request.


International Political Science 1996

University of Genoa

MBA 2001

University Bocconi Milano