ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M announced today that Eric Quint has joined the company as Chief
Design Officer, effective April 1, 2013. He joins 3M with more than 20
years of extensive global experience and a distinguished design career
at Royal Philips Electronics.
Quint’s most recent position was global head of Design Management and
Consulting, vice president, Philips Design. He has held several
senior-level design positions and directed award-winning global design
teams across business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries
including partnerships, alliances and brand licensing activities.
“In his role as chief design officer, Eric will drive the function of
design as a vital competitive platform throughout 3M,” said Ian
Hardgrove, senior vice president, marketing, sales and communications.
“His global design experience and extensive leadership in building and
managing multi-disciplinary creative teams will strengthen the
contribution of global design at 3M.”
At Philips Design, Quint was a member of the global design board
responsible for the development of a global team of design managers, and
the business development and management of the Design Consulting
portfolio to clients outside Philips. In this consulting role he led
interactions with senior management of Fortune 500 companies exploring
opportunities for innovation and partnerships.
“I’m excited to join 3M and to build a global design function that
unlocks new value by adding creativity and design-thinking to the
impressive portfolio of the company,” Quint said. “I’m looking forward
to collaborating with my colleagues from design, R&D and marketing to
drive innovative solutions for our customers.”
Quint has received more than 40 international design awards under his
leadership in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including 6 individual design
awards. He is named inventor on 3 U.S. patents related to the
breakthrough “Cool Skin” Philips/Nivea shaver. Quint studied Industrial
Design at the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands
and holds a degree in mechanical/industrial engineering. He is a speaker
and lecturer at international events for design, business, academia and
in-company seminars about design thinking, innovation, branding and
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in sales, 3M employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in
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