Product Development and Management Association Announces 2017 Board of Directors

    By: Ande Leslie on Jan 09, 2017

    CHICAGO, IL – The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Board of Directors.

    Allan Anderson, NPDP, Professor of Product Development and Director of Marketing for the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University, will serve as Chair effective Jan. 1, 2017. Anderson previously served as Director and VP of Global Council, and is a driving force behind PDMA’s update to the New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification program and its growth in mainland China.

    As Chair, Anderson will work closely with the Board of Directors to oversee PDMA’s strategic direction through its mission to serve as the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals, and support the practice of global innovation.

    In addition, PDMA’s 2016 Chair, Charles H. Noble, PhD, Proffitt’s Professor of Marketing and Marketing PhD Program Director at The University of Tennessee, has transitioned to the Vice Chair role on the Executive Committee to provide continuity to the organization’s leadership.

    Meredith Baratz, VP Strategic Insights & Innovation at UnitedHealthcare has also joined the Executive Committee and will serve as Secretary-Treasurer. Baratz previously served as a PDMA Director.

    Three new members to the 2017 Board of Directors also include:

    • Steven Haines, Founder of Sequent Learning Networks
    • Bob Johnston, past PDMA Chair
    • Ken Kahn, Author and Sr. Associate Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University

    Continuing on PDMA’s Board of Directors are David Cross, MapR Technologies; Sharon Parsons, Humana; and Suzanne Thompson, Sealed Air.

    For more information on the PDMA Board of Directors, please visit

    About PDMA

    Founded in 1976, the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations involved in the integrated activities related to all areas of product development and management.

    PDMA is the only organization that focuses on addressing this challenge by bringing together academics, professionals and solution providers in a community driven to accelerate the contribution innovation makes to the economic and professional growth of people, businesses and societies around the world. To learn more, visit 

    Released: January 9, 2017, 3:30 pm
    Keywords: PDMA Blog

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