Gianfranco is known for championing a holistic and highly integrated approach to innovation research, design, and development. His vision has resulted in highly successful category-defining products including the Reebok Pump and P&G’s Swiffer. Continuum’s long-term strategic partnership with the Herman Miller Company has focused on developing innovations in healthcare.
Gianfranco has lectured at MIT, Harvard Business School, the Politecnico di Milano, the Australian Academy of Design, and the Tamasek Polytechnic in Singapore. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Design Management Institute.
Gianfranco holds degrees in industrial design from Syracuse University and architecture from the Boston Architectural College. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctor of arts degree from North Carolina State University. In 2009, he received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Syracuse.