Here’s exciting news from the Design Management Institute (DMI)! It has retained Michael Westcott as its next president: http://bit.ly/RVdiwh).
DMI is a global design organization that has moved the bar of design management up many notches since its formation in 1975. Michael will head a strong organization that has nearly 1,400 members in 44 countries.
The DMI press release quotes Incoming Board Chair Jerry Kathman of LPK as saying, “The mission of DMI has never been more vital. Michael’s experience and passion for DMI will guide us as we create new ways of sharing our ideas in an ever more networked world.”
I’ve known Michael since his volunteer days with the Industrial Designers Society of America, where he developed an amazingly effective membership marketing campaign after earlier designing a superb Design Gallery when the national conference was in Boston in ‘91. As the release and site says, he truly brings to DMI a unique combination of experience in:
- global design management,
- business and technology strategy,
- marketing, and
- community and association management.
He has led creative and marketing teams at Firebrand, Fitch, George P. Johnson, Red7Media and INXPO software and provided strategic planning, service design and communication for such brands as Johnson & Wales University, Reebok, Mazda, Chrysler, IBM, GE and others, will serve the organization well.
“As DMI evolves into a global network of design experts, we’re thrilled that Michael brings such impressive experience not only in core design disciplines but also new ways to extend the DMI experience in powerful ways through richer networked communities and knowledge-sharing solutions,” indicated board member Jeannette Hanna.
You can already check out his blog at http://dmidialog.blogspot.com/?view=classic. Here’s what he has to say: “I believe we face a unique moment that invites design and innovation leadership to make its voice heard and its value felt more strongly in business, in the economy and in education.”
Sounds great, Michael!