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    Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award

    About the Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award

    The Product Development and Management Association’s Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award is the only innovation award that recognizes sustained (five ormore years) quantifiable business results from new products and services. The award is presented to the winning corporation at each year’s PIM conference, and dinner is held in the winner’s honor. 2012 is the 25th year in which PDMA has presented this prestigious award, whose winners represent a group of global corporations widely recognized and respected for their innovation success. The OCI Selection Committee uses a rigorous process to evaluate each year’s nominees and selects those companies that have proven themselves exceptionally capable of integrating strategy, culture, process and technology to consistently create and capture value through successful product and service innovation. Recent recipients of the OCI Award include: UnitedHealth Group; Illumina, Inc.; Corning Incorporated; DuPont; FedExCorp.; Kennametal Inc.; Mine Safety Appliance Company; Premier Global Services, Inc.; Royal DSM NV; and Xerox Corporation.

    Celebration Schedule

    Time Activity

    2012 OCI Award Winner: Practices that Drive our
    Sustained Innovation Success
    OCI Silver Anniversary Reception at the Innovation Pavilion
    Annual OCI Awards Dinner (Pre-registration Required)

    "PIM 2012 Conference attendees will learn directly from the rare opportunity to 'look under the hood' of a company that exemplifies innovation thought leadership, as PDMA celebrates 25 years of sharing the practices that drive the success of outstanding corporate innovator award winners."

     Sally E. Kay, Strategic Product Development

    OCI Speaker Biographies

    Wayne L. Delker
    Senior Vice President

    Wayne L. Delker is senior vice president -- chief innovation officer and was appointed to the company's executive committee in June 2009. Delker, who previously held the title vice president -- Global Research & Development since joining Clorox in 1999, serves as the company's chief technical and innovation executive. He leads worldwide R&D for all of the company's products, provides technical and scientific guidance within the operating divisions and other staff functions, and oversees the company's stewardship activities, ensuring the health, safety and environmental benefits of our products. He also leads Clorox's multifunctional innovation process for developing new products and improving existing products.

    Prior to joining Clorox, Delker spent 14 years with General Electric, where he served as general manager of Six Sigma Quality for GE Silicones and general manager of Technology for GE Silicones. He also worked for five years as a research chemist for Union Carbide.


    Rob Huber
    Vice President Innovation

    As Vice President of Innovation for Faurecia xWorks Innovation Centers, Huber is responsible for bringing new ideas to market and for identifying key partnership opportunities through open innovation models across a global network.  Faurecia xWorks is a cross functional product & business incubator focusing on strategic innovation.  Primary focus is to develop an advantaged portfolio of consumer driven product solutions for the automotive market sector.

    Prior to joining Faurecia in 2006, Huber was Executive Director of Design for Johnson Controls, a tier one automotive supplier, leading the Design and Advanced Product Development Groups. Huber was the architect for the Design Strategy for Supplier Integration process focused on Total Interior development, resulting in the acquisition of multiple full interiors totaling over a billion dollars in sales growth. Earlier in his career, Huber worked for Thomson Consumer Electronics and was responsible for the complete re-design of the RCA brand consumer electronics which received numerous Design awards. He started his career as a Designer for Chrysler Corporation, designing Advance concepts including the Plymouth Speedster show vehicle which debuted at the Detroit International Autoshow in 1988. Huber also led the Design of the Interiors for the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concord, which debut in 1993. These vehicles were highly successful in the Marketplace, and earned numerous awards including the IDSA Gold award, the highest recognition within the Design Industry.

    Huber holds a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati. He and his family reside in Holland, Michigan.

    Philippe Aumont

    Philippe Aumont is the CTO of Faurecia.  Aumont joined Faurecia in 2002 as Product Planning VP where he was in charge of all Business Groups product & communication strategy coordination. Since 2011, as CTO, he leads Seating Innovation, Industrial Design, Marketing and Intellectual Property, with the aim of inventing & developing the seating products that market will buy in the future. 

    He is a graduate engineer from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes in  France. He also holds a business degree from the Business Administration School (IAE) of Strasbourg in France.

    He began his career with The Timken Company, where he worked for six years in the bearing business. In 1985, he joined Roth Frères, a French automotive interior supplier that became Johnson Controls in 1995. During this period, he built up his experience in the tier 1 automotive interiors market in several different positions ranging from production to marketing through industrial engineering, product engineering, program management and sales.


    Julie Heck
    Director of Product Marketing

    Drawing on her 120 years of experience with various Fortune 500 companies, Julie led the major NPD process revamp you’ll hear about, and implemented it across the organization. Julie specializes in creating and managing change that results in more effective marketing and NPD functions and, ultimately, sustainable growth. In fact, one of Julie’s colleagues recently shared that her People & Teams savvy, change management expertise and impressive leadership skills are a joy watch in action.

    Julie has a Master of Business Communication degree from the University of St. Thomas, a B.A. in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Minnesota, and sits on the board of directors of the local American Marketing Association chapter

    Steve Dunn
    Segment Manager

    Steve Dunn is segment manager at Skyline Exhibits. In addition to serving as Skyline’s NPD process expert, Steve is in charge of the P&L, strategy, innovation and growth programs for the DIY half of the company’s business. Before joining Skyline in 2005, Steve owned a Mexican Table Sauce company, held various Marketing and product management positions at Fortune 500 companies, and worked in software product development for a number of years. He has a bachelor of science degree in Marketing Management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of MN, and is trained in various new product development processes such as Agile, Microsoft Solutions Framework and, of course, Stage-Gate™. Steve is a certified New Product Development Professional, president of the MN Chapter of the PDMA, and is active with the Minneapolis Meals on Wheels program where he holds seat on the board.

    Steve nominated Skyline for the OCI Award because he knew many practitioners could learn from the company’s journey of quadrupling percentage of revenue from new products in seven years, while developing a major competitive advantage and true Center of Excellence.

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