Chief Design Officer (CDO), or design executive officer (DEO), is a corporate title sometimes given to an executive in charge of an organization's design initiatives. The CDO is typically responsible for overseeing all design and innovation aspects of a company's products and services, including product design, architectural design, graphic design, user experience design, industrial design, and package design. They may also be responsible for aspects of advertising, marketing, and engineering.

The position has emerged only recently, with chief design officers taking on roles that may have previously been assumed by a chief marketing officer, chief product officer, chief brand officer or delegated to lower-ranking design executives. As with many other CxO roles it does not necessarily mean the role reports to the CEO. In some companies the title is in name only and does not actually mean the role holder is an executive. Some companies - such as IBM have many CDOs as executives of major divisions within the corporation.

Chief Design Officers

Name Company From To Succeed by Reports to CEO
Brian Rice 3M[1] 2020 Current Yes
Mauro Porcini PepsiCo.[2][3] 2012 Current No[4]
Sean Carney Philips[5] 2011 Current Yes
Luc Donckerwolke Hyundai-Kia 2018 Current Yes
Peter Schreyer Kia Motors[6] 2006 2018 Luc Donckerwolke Yes
Pernilla Johannson Electrolux 2018 2021 Yes
Lars Erikson Electrolux 2014 2018 Pernilla Johannson[7]
Stefano Marzano Electrolux[8] 2012 2014 Lars Erikson Yes
Hanna Harris City of Helsinki[9] 2020 Current
Anne Stenros City of Helsinki[10] 2016 2018 Hanna Harris
Christopher Hawthorne City of Los Angeles[11] 2018 Current
Alastair Curtis Logitech[12] 2013 Current Yes
Opher Yom-Tov ANZ Bank[13] 2017 Current No
Dantley Davis Twitter 2019 2022
Katrina Alcorn IBM (Global) 2021 Current No
Phil Gilbert (Design Executive) IBM (Global)[14] 2010 2021 Katrina Alcorn No
Arin Bhowmick IBM (Product Division) 2015 2022 Role no longer exists No
Daniela Jorge PayPal 2020 Current
Rainer Wessler DBS Bank 2021 Current
Chooake Wongwattanasilpa DBS Bank 2019 2020 Rainer Wessler
Jonathan 'Jony' Ive Apple Inc.[15] 2015 2019 Role no longer exists Yes
Dan Makoski Lloyds Banking Group[16] 2018 2021 Role no longer exists No
Rogier van der Heide Philips Lighting,[17] Zumtobel Group[18] 2010 2017
Arin Bhowmick SAP 2022 Current No
Satyen Aghor PayGlocal 2022 Current Yes


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  17. ^ "Rogier van der Heide new Chief Design Officer for Philips Lighting".
  18. ^ "Rogier van der Heide to join Zumtobel Group as Chief Design Officer".