SEAN HUGHES, IDSA
Vice President & Chief Design Officer Healthcare
Sean Hughes is vice president and chief design officer, healthcare at Philips Design and based in Andover. He is responsible for strengthening the design leadership role within the company for customers and patients to experience health care in a simple and meaningful way. Hughes has 18 years of international design experience and has been instrumental in the growth of Philips Design in Asia. He has led design activities in all Philips’ sectors as well as for an external client base of Fortune 500 and prominent Asian companies. He has successfully managed design teams who deliver creative solutions ranging from upstream innovation (new insight developments) to new and incremental product design developments. He joined Philips Design in 1992 as a product designer in the Domestic Appliance design team in the Netherlands. He received a bachelor’s in industrial design at the University of Teesside followed by a master’s in industrial design from the Royal College of Art in London. Hughes is a frequent speaker at business events and design conferences on the topic of design and innovation.