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Introducing Michele Russo

The author: Isabella Hales


Written by Isabella Hales

At SilverRail, we’re not just about trains and tech- we’re all about our people. We’re a key player in the rail industry, not only leading the way in transforming the way people move but also placing a strong emphasis on the happiness and the growth of our employees. In a field where innovation is paramount, we stand out not just for our advancements but also for our commitments to building a vibrant and inclusive company culture. We are dedicated to empowering and championing our workforce, employees are not merely contributors but integral members of a tight-knit community.

We're delighted to introduce the outstanding individuals that make up the SilverRail team. Each team member contributes unique skills, dedication, and perspectives, playing a crucial role in the overall success of our organisation. This blog is an introduction to Michele, a Product Manager at SilverRail, who enjoys hiking in his spare time.

What do you do at SilverRail?

I am a Product Manager at SilverRail. I am in charge of defining the roadmap and writing the requirements as well as analysing and prioritising features, projects, markets and customers.

What are you most excited about in your role?

As a Product Manager I am required to fully understand the projects we work on, from an all-embracing point of view. This allows me to research and study things from various perspectives

What’s the biggest challenge?

Despite my extensive experience within the rail industry, I am new to this role and have a limited technical background. This means that I have to overcome daily challenges and learn aspects of my role quickly. I am able to overcome these challenges thanks to the collaborative approach of my team.

What is your rail background?

So far, I’ve been in this industry for the majority of my career, working in digital marketing, sales and supply channels management. My experience has provided me with a deep understanding of the rail business and trends, and an extended network amongst the rail operators and distributors in Europe.

Where do you see the future of rail?

I am convinced that rail has a bright future for the coming years. Not only can it address climate challenges far better than other means of transportation, but it is also extremely sustainable from a business and a social perspective due to its strong modularity.

What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I started my work life with an internship at the Italian embassy in Singapore.

Describe what you were like at age 10.

When I was ten I was probably more shy and introverted than today, yet very curious and I think I have been able to maintain this second aspect of my character. I used to read everything, from comics to literature. Curiosity helps a lot when you have to deal with a fast-changing work environment.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to go hiking and climbing or stay home reading, depending on the weather.

Do you have any interesting facts about yourself?

I am trilingual, I can speak Italian, English, and French. I am also able to easily adapt to different cultural environments.