Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Bruno Gutierres, Alstom

Bruno Gutierres is Open Innovation Director at Alstom, a French multinational mobility company that manufactures high-speed trains, metros, monorails, and trams and delivers integrated turnkey systems. He leads the company’s Collaborative Innovation Program, which gives any Alstom employee the opportunity to submit and develop innovative ideas in startup mode, the Alstom Startup & Supplier Program, which facilitates collaborations with external ecosystems worldwide, as well as new Innovation Stations in Tel Aviv, Singapore and Stockholm that take advantage of Alstom’s strong presence in those ecosystems to set up collaborative projects on mobility with local partners.

Before joining Alstom in September 2019 Gutierres founded and ran the Airbus Bizlab, the first aerospace accelerator for startups and intrapreneurs. Prior to that, he worked for Air France Cargo for six years. His extensive knowledge of the air cargo market led him to Airbus where he initially created an oversized cargo service for the Beluga, a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry large cargo, before moving on to other innovation projects. Gutierres, who graduated from Toulouse Business School, started his career as an entrepreneur and successfully founded two companies. He recently spoke to The Innovator about open innovation.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.