Nate Young Appointed Newell Rubbermaid’s VP Global Innovation

Newell Rubbermaid today announced the appointment of Nate Young to the newly created position of vice president of global innovation.

Most recently, Young was president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit, hybrid education and business institution based in Holland, MI. Previously, Young was evp and chief academic officer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, working with companies such as Disney, Nike and NTT DoCoMo. Young is also the founder of TWISThink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.

“Nate has already been intimately involved with Newell Rubbermaid, having led a successful series of innovation workshops for our business segments that generated hundreds of promising ideas,” said Chuck Jones, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief design and R&D Officer. “His familiarity with our Growth Game Plan and unique, diverse and rich experience across the corporate, consulting and education sectors make him the ideal candidate to lead our innovation efforts.”

Young will work closely with Newell Rubbermaid’s marketing and design/R&D organizations globally to “advance ideation” and help shape the company’s “organic innovation platform” across all segments and businesses, according to Newell Rubbermaid

Young will report to Jones and will be based in the company’s new Design Center which is under construction in Kalamazoo, MI.