Sean Carney

Sean Carney
Chief Design Officer

Sean Carney’s personal mission to improve lives through meaningful, relevant design fits perfectly with his professional goals as chief design officer for Philips. In the last four years—leading a team of more than 400 designers— Carney has created empathic and data connected solutions that open real opportunities of value, not only for the company, but most importantly for people, positively impacting the lives of millions of users, clinicians and their patients.

Carney’s success is recognized by the 130+ top design awards already won in 2015, spread across Philips’ diverse product and service offerings in healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting.

Prior to Philips, Carney led design teams across the United States, Europe and Asia for corporations including HP, Assa-Abloy and Electrolux.

The Future of Design Leadership Panel

Clearly we are in a new frontier. Design is so relevant to the core of every business, that there are now new converging interests in design leadership. What is the future of design leadership? By the end of this conference, we will be closer to finding out. 

This last session is not a concluding summary of the conference, rather, it's a fresh perspective as an open dialog with some of the world’s most advanced design leaders including: Carole Bilson, IDSA, president, DMI; Sean Carney, chief design officer, Philips; Dan Harden, IDSA, president/CEO, Whipsaw; Klaus Kaasgaard, VP user experience design, Intuit; Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, partner director of design, Microsoft; Mauro Porcini, IDSA, chief design officer, PepsiCo; Eric Quint, IDSA, chief design officer, 3M; Ernesto Quinteros, IDSA, chief design officer, Johnson & Johnson; and Nasahn Sheppard, IDSA, divisional VP of product design, REI Private Brands.

The panel, led by Thomas Lockwood, PhD, IDSA, will explore alternative futures and address some of the most curious and challenging questions. Who really leads design—designers or business people? As a design leader, what is your greatest challenge? Do design leaders need business degrees, and vice versa? Is design leadership fun? What's the future for designers in corporate, consultancy and independents? What's the career path for an industrial designer that wants to stick with designing, or shift into leading?

Who leads experience design—ID, UX or customer service? Do industrial designers need to dive into holistic user experience design? Is design becoming a brand, an experience or a commodity? What are the trends in design leadership, and what are some possible future scenarios? How should an industrial designer prepare for the future? 

This is not the end of the conference; it is the beginning of the future.