After a five-month search, North America's largest industrial design trade association has chosen a South African with worldwide business experience to take its helm.
The Dulles, Va.-based Industrial Designers Society of America announced Sept. 9 that Clive Roux will become its new executive director Sept. 14, replacing Frank Tyneski, who resigned in April after 18 months in the post.
Roux most recently was chief marketing officer for Baumgartens, an 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 U.S. with Philips Design, a unit of Dutch health-care, lighting and consumer products giant Royal Philips Electronics NV.
He will be introduced at IDSA's annual international conference, set for Sept. 23-26 in Miami.
Like many trade associations, IDSA is faced with declining membership its ranks have fallen from roughly 3,300 to less than 2,800 during the past few years and the challenges of remaining relevant to its constituents in an increasingly global environment.
IDSA stressed Roux's combination of design savvy and business management skills as vital to its future direction.
In his most recent jobs with Philips, Roux in 2000 became senior design director for Philips Consumer Electronics in the U.S., and from 2003-07 he was senior director of new business and design research in the U.S., creating a sales and marketing function to drive the development of design consulting with external companies.
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