PARK, Design Leadership consultancy, announces the appointment of Stephan Clambaneva as its new Managing Director for US operations, effective January 1st 2024. Bringing over 20 years of experience in design innovation consulting, Stephan will lead PARK’s USA operations into its next chapter of design leadership excellence. This strategic appointment comes at a pivotal time as the company celebrated its 25th anniversary and looks towards the next twenty-five years of delivering exceptional strategic management and leadership in design to its clients. Outgoing MD, Jay Peters has taken on the role of Chair and Professor of Design Management at SCAD will remain a majority partner.
Stephan Clambaneva, the newly appointed Managing Director of PARK US is a well-respected industry leader in sustainable design leadership and circular innovation. With a broad background in business transformation and design innovation management, Stephan specializes in holistic, closed-loop systems thinking for sustainable end-to-end product development. He is a creative expert, known for driving the triple bottom line through design and innovation leadership with a 20-year tenure at global tech firms including IBM and Dassault Systemes. Stephan has secured and nurtured high-level client relationships, propelled design leadership and innovation management services across various sectors including medical and pharma, FMCG, high tech, transportation and mobility and home appliances, significantly contributing to sustainable business growth in competitive markets.
Stephan’s influence extends beyond his role with PARK clients and his work in educating future design leaders at the PARK Academy, their Design Leadership Program. He is an active advisor for the NY Design Week’s Organization as part of the NYCxDesign Advisory Committee and a former board member of IDSA, the Industrial Designers Society of America organization, serving in multiple roles.
As a thought leader and keynote speaker, Stephan is regularly featured at global design and innovation conferences of organizations like the WDO, DMI, IDSA, multiple design weeks across the US and the Innovation Summit, advocating for the strategic value of design. His scholarly contributions include multiple publications on Leadership, Design Thinking, Innovation, Product Lifecycle Management, EcoDesign, Environmental Management Systems and Sustainability.
“I am honored to take the helm of PARK operations in the US as Managing Director, a beacon of design leadership, innovation and design excellence for twenty-five years. It is my commitment to uphold our legacy while steering us towards new horizons. Our future will be driven by design, dedication to our clients, and a continuous pursuit of a regenerative future. Together, we will embark on this exciting journey, pushing boundaries and setting new standards for design excellence.”
“We are delighted to welcome Stephan Clambaneva as the new Managing Director of PARK US. With his rich experience in design and innovation and a history of leading at global tech firms, Stephan embodies the vision and strategic acumen PARK seeks for its next growth phase. His commitment to sustainability and transformative design leadership will be instrumental in guiding the team, delighting our clients, and upholding our commitment to excellence in design leadership.” – Andy Sharpe, PARK Co-owner & Director
“As I step into a new role leading the Design Management Program at SCAD, I am thrilled to pass the torch to Stephan Clambaneva as the new Managing Director of PARK. With Stephan at the helm, I am confident that PARK will continue to lead the way for innovation management and design excellence. Stephan’s innovative and sustainable approach is key for our industry’s evolution, one that I believe will bring groundbreaking ideas and solutions to our clients and further solidify our standing in the global market.” – Jay Peters, Former Managing Director and Majority Partner at PARK USA.
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