Tim Brown is the CEO of IDEO, a global innovation and design firm. Ranked among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO has contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Bank of America's "Keep the Change" service. In addition to the design of new offerings for the world's leading brands, IDEO's work addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world's lower income groups.
Mr. Brown is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos and gave the plenary in 2006. He advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the California College of the Arts; the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council; and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, focused on improving the lives of the poor. An industrial designer by training, he has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited his work at several museums. Mr. Brown has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies.
Mr. Brown joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London. He managed IDEO's San Francisco office from 1990 to 1995, and headed IDEO Europe from 1995 to 2000.