DOUG POWELL
VP of Design at IBM

Doug Powell is a designer with more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of design disciplines and is currently Vice President of Design at IBM, where he leads designer practices and community that has introduced and embedded Enterprise Design Thinking at IBM.  He is passionate about DesignOps and the way IBM collaborates at speed and scale with its clients, partners and within its communities.

Doug is recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, and the 2014 Fellow Award from AIGA Minnesota, Doug is a lecturer, commentator and thought leader on design issues. He has presented at a variety of conferences, forums, and universities including Beirut Design Week in Lebanon, the Offset design conference in Dublin, Ireland, and Yale School of Management. He was on the jury of the 2018 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. Between 2011-2013 Doug served as the national president of AIGA, the professional association for design in the U.S., the largest and most established design organization in the world.