José Manuel dos Santos, IDSA


José Manuel dos Santos, IDSA
Head of Design | Americas, Signify
IDEA Jury Member 2021-22

José has over 30 years of experience in design and design management. He has an MA in industrial design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, an Executive MA from Northwestern University, and a PhD in design from the European University on the topic of Design(er) Leadership in Large Corporations. 

Starting in Portugal as an industrial designer, José formed and sold two product design companies in Europe, worked as Industrial Design Director in Barcelona, and led, as Chief Design Officer, a large Internet company in Lisbon. He co-founded one of Europe’s fastest growing start-up accelerators and has co-hosted many design-related conferences. In addition, he has been a guest speaker at numerous industry events, taught design to designers and non-designers in business schools, and served as a juror in international design competitions. 

In 2011, he came to the US and joined Fortune 500 company Masco as a Design Director. In 2016, he joined Signify (formerly PHILIPS Lighting) as Head of Design Americas. José is a designer, thought leader, and passionate entrepreneur.