ATLANTA–Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Nate Young to the newly created position of vice president of global innovation, where he will work closely with the company’s marketing and design/research and development organizations globally to advance ideation and help shape the company’s organic innovation platform across all segments and businesses, the company said. He will also develop the company’s open innovation strategy, which involves building a network of inventor, university and corporate innovation communities.
Young will report to Chuck Jones, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief design and R&D officer, and will be based in the company’s new state-of-the-art Design Center, which is under construction in Kalamazoo, Mich.
With 30 years of experience, Young was most recently president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit, hybrid education and business institution. Previously, Young was executive vice president and chief academic officer at Art Center College of Design, working with companies like Disney, Nike and NTT DoCoMo, a 3G mobile communications service. Young is also the founder of TWISThink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.
“Nate has already been intimately involved with Newell Rubbermaid, having led a successful series of innovation workshops for our business segments that generated hundreds of promising ideas,” said Jones. “His familiarity with our Growth Game Plan and unique, diverse and rich experience across the corporate, consulting and education sectors make him the ideal candidate to lead our innovation efforts.”