Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Nate Young to the newly created role of VP global innovation, which will involve developing the company's innovation process.
Young will be leaving his role as president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit education and business institution. In his new role, he will work closely with the marketing and design/R&D departments to help drive innovation across the business and build a network of inventor, university and corporate innovation communities.
"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 Chuck Jones, Newell Rubbermaid's chief design and R&D officer. "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."
Young has 30 years of experience in boosting the innovative capacities of large organizations. Previously, he also held roles as executive VP and chief academic officer at Art Center College of Design. He is the founder of TWISThink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.