3M Names Eric Quint Chief Design Officer

  3M Names Eric Quint Chief Design Officer

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 11, 2013

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

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

“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 design management.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on


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