Idean Appoints First Advisory Board Member

Global design firm announces the appointment of business leader

Feb 12, 2016, 10:30 ET from Idean

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global design firm Idean has today announced the appointment of its first advisory board member, George Kadifa, who has experience working at some of the most respected global firms including, HP, Silverlake, IBM and Oracle.

The appointment marks the continued growth of Idean across the U.S. now with five studios located in California, New York and Texas, as well as two in Finland.

As an Advisory Board member, Kadifa, with deep expertise in strategy, technology and growing highly profitable billion dollar businesses, will provide recommendations and mentorship to the design firm. This will include advice and support on how to address the opportunities and challenges large corporations face in delivering truly innovative digital transformation projects, as well as significant support to enable Idean to become the most wanted design company.

Idean has a strong track record working with some of the biggest brands in the world, delivering digital design projects, to strengthen and deepen their relationships with customers and employees.

"I am delighted and honored that George has accepted a position on our Advisory Board," said Risto Lähdesmäki, Co-Founder and CEO of Idean. "With a very unique hands-on mentorship style and extensive experience in both the corporate and academic world, he is the perfect fit for Idean as we continue to expand both our Fortune 500 accounts as well as our educational offering, Idean Design Leadership Academy."

"As we grow, our Advisory Board members will become essential to help us connect with organizations, industry leaders and ensure that we stay relevant and ahead of our competitors. We are thrilled to welcome George as the founding member of our Advisory Board," Risto continued.

Kadifa commented, "I look forward to working with Risto and the team globally as they continue to expand within the design and education offering and to develop a strategy that will have a measurable influence."

George Kadifa is also Managing Director at Sumeru Equity Partners, Member of the Board of Directors at Velocity Technology Solutions and Council Member at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Idean is a global design firm that works with the world's leading companies, helping them to create long-lasting relationships with their customers, through truly enchanting and elegant experiences.

The design firm which was founded in Finland in 1999 already works with a number of global brands including GoPro, HP, Cisco, 23andMe, Sony, IBM, Samsung and GE Healthcare amongst others and has built a strong reputation across Europe, Asia and North America.

With a team of more than 150 designers, technologists and strategists, Idean is headquartered in Palo Alto, with studios in Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Helsinki.