OUR MENTORS

Charles Johnson

Global Director Innovation at Puma SE

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Four nearly three decades Charles has worked within the context of sports, fashion, and active lifestyle products for leading global brands. With a design degree from Carnegie Mellon, his professional starting point as a product designer specializing in footwear has transformed to executive-level leadership shaping vision, teams, and global strategies. Today that means brand initiatives in connected experiences that benefit modern and active lifestyles. Charles brings not only creative prowess but also commercial know-how and multi-million dollar fiscal responsibility.

 

At Puma, Charles has driven the charge towards connected products and experiences such as Pumatrac and Fit Intelligence. More recently he has been the force behind Esports and Gaming product initiatives including Puma Playseat® and Active Gaming Footwear. He is chief collaborator in partnerships with MIT Design Lab, performance apparel brand XBionic, and biodesign specialists Streamateria and Living Colour.

Involvement :

VIRTUAL MENTOR

Expertise :

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ESPORTS, FASHION & SPORTSWEAR, HARDWARE, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE, LEGAL & IP, MANAGEMENT, MOBILE & DIGITAL, PRODUCT DESIGN, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, SPORTS, TECHNOLOGY

SPORTS :

AMERICAN FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, FITNESS & WORKOUT, MOTOR SPORT, RACKET SPORTS, RUNNING, SOCCER