Chief Design Officer
Sean Carney’s personal mission to improve lives through meaningful, relevant design fits perfectly with his role as the Chief Design Officer for Philips. Leading a team of 400+ designers, he has created empathic and data-connected solutions that open up 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. His success is widely recognised by the 158 top design awards won by Philips in 25 key global design competitions in 2016. Sean has more than 25 years of experience as an international creative thought leader in design and management, focused on brand and user insight. He has a proven track record in building, leading and inspiring multi-disciplinary, award winning design teams across the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Co-creating Solutions in Health Technology
At Philips, we have the ambition to improve 3 billion lives each year by 2025. To achieve this ambition, we’re connecting and collaborating with more people than ever before, creating solutions together with start-ups, with universities, with other large companies, and mostly importantly with hospitals and patients. As the world becomes more complex and dynamic, our ability to create meaningful innovations relies more and more on our ability to create solutions with the right mix of people. For example, if we’re creating a solution in the hospital, we involve the healthcare professionals – nurses, doctors, technicians, administrators and of course the patients– alongside a range of experts from across Philips. In this keynote, Sean will give insight into how Philips co-creates solutions in health technology and the role that Design Thinking plays in driving meaningful innovation.