President and CEO, IDEO
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Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is a design consultancy that contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V and Shimano's Coasting bike.
IDEO's work also addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world's lower income groups.
Tim Brown is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos; advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on a variety of boards and committees; and serves on the board of trustees for the California College of the Arts and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor.
Brown has led strategic client relationships with such companies as DaimlerChrysler, Microsoft, Motorola, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He has received numerous design awards, and his designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo and the Design Museum in London.
Brown joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his Master of Arts in Design degree from the Royal College of Art in London. He managed IDEO's San Francisco office from 1990 to 1995 and headed IDEO Europe from 1995 to 2000.