Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Industrial Designers Have a New Executive Director

The Industrial Designers Society of America has a new Executive Director at their headquarters in Dulles, Virginia. Clive Roux became IDSA's new executive director September 14, 2009, replacing Frank Tyneski, who resigned in April after 18 months in the post. After a five-month search, North America’s largest industrial design trade association choose Roux, a South African with worldwide business experience. He will be introduced at IDSA’s annual international conference, scheduled for Sept. 23-26 in Miami.

With significant global experience across the design disciplines—including four years working in Africa, seven years in Europe, seven years in Asia and nine years in the US—Roux will bring both design thinking and business management skills to his new role, which will help him represent the Society both within the design world and to the business community.

Roux most recently was chief marketing officer for Baumgartens, the Atlanta-based, environmentally focused supplier of office supply products. Before that he ran his own consulting firm and spent 17 years as a design leader in Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States with Philips Design, a unit of the Dutch healthcare, lighting and consumer products giant Royal Philips Electronics.

Like many trade associations, IDSA has experienced declining membership, from roughly 3,300 to less than 2,800 over the past few years. IDSA faces the challenge of remaining relevant to its constituents in an increasingly global environment.

Click on the heading above to learn more about the new Executive Director on the IDSA website.

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