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We are 50 of the world's leading companies

 

working together to create the innovation results that shape our future.

We make innovation reliable and repeatable by

helping each other build the best Growth System in our respective industries

and by solving each other's number one innovation challenge each year.  


 

Innovators (or "ii") was founded by innovation leaders for innovation leaders in 2007.  We are 50+ companies committed to helping each other create the best growth engines in our respective industries.  And as a results-oriented collaboration, we solve each others' biggest innovation problem each year.  We get together, mentor each other, and share a set of services.  Today, we are still directed by our 50+ members, do not allow competitors, and are by invitation only.  If you would like to submit your company for consideration to become a member, simply email us now.  

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Our Team

 
Uri Neren, President and Founder

Uri Neren, President and Founder

Uri founded Innovators in 2007 at the request of the founding corporate members, and is an entrepreneur owning several companies.  He has a diverse background including R&D in clean energy technology, public media, policy, and leadership training. He is a writer for Harvard Business Review, holds an MBA and degrees in International Relations and Biology, and has a passion for arctic travel.

 

Greg Duppler, Board of Advisors

Greg is the retired SVP of Merchandising for Target Corporation. He brought Super Targets to market and helped invent the Planogram which changed retail forever.  He serves on the UW-Madison Business School board of directors and is ii's growth advisor. 

 

MaryAnne Stump, Board of Advisors

MaryAnn is the former Chief Strategy andInnovation Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shieldof Minnesota. She was integral in bringing Minute Clinic to market, and is a recognized leader in consumer-centric and web basedhealthcare. MaryAnn was a founding member of our first group and sits on the ii advisory board. 

 

Karl Ronn, Board of Advisors

Karl is the former head of innovation and R&D for Procter & Gamble where he leads some of the most successful multi-billion dollar innovation and top line growth efforts in the world.  Karl leads our Innovators USA group, and sits on our board of advisors.

 

Daryl Dunbar, Board of Advisors

Daryl recently left global publishing company, Reed Elsevier, as SVP of Innovation and previously served a similar role with British Telecom. In these roles, he worked to bring many impressive innovations to market.  Daryl oversees our Innovators Europe group from London and sits on our board of advisors.

 

Joel Barker, Board of Advisors

Joel Barker is a globally renowned futurist and was instrumental to the survival and or success of organizations such as IBM and NASA.  He was the first to popularize the concept and term “paradigm shift” in the 1970’s and his Implications Wheel has been used inside the White House and hundreds of corporations. 

 

Randy Harward, Board of Advisors

Randy was originally a member of ii when he served as the R&D leader for Patagonia.  He spent 27 years working in business leadership, operational, and innovation roles at Patagonia, is one of the most savvy innovation leaders around and has a deep passion for the outdoors and our future. 

 

Kevin Rutherford, Board of Advisors

Kevin was most recently the CEO and President of Caldrea where he in just several short years moved the company to nearly 40% year over year growth.  He has led turnarounds for Miller, Kashi, and is a true expert in growth through culture.

 

Mike Neren, Board of Advisors

Dr. Mike Neren has a unique innovation perspective from his diverse experience.  His work has ranged from working as a practicing physician, co founder and managing partner of a speciality medical group, and senior positions in hospital and care management organizations.

 

Lynelle Preston Cameron, Board of Advisors

Lynelle is the President & CEO of the Autodesk Foundation and Senior Director of Sustainability and Philanthropy. 

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Our innovation department was mired in endless six to 18 month cycles of incremental change. Joining ii was the revolutionary change we so desperately needed.
— CEO, Outdoor Apparel & Sportswear
The best thing about innovators international is the access. I’m on the phone almost once a week with a counterpart that is either helping me on a project or bouncing new ideas off me.
— CIO, Multinational CPG Company
It seems like almost every meeting, members are sharing updates to projects or products that were spun out of ii sessions—multi-million dollar impacts to top or bottom line.
— CIO, Discount Retailer
This is a revolution that will change corporate innovation forever. Not a secret, but data-driven processes, metrics, and innovation structures conducive to helping the magic happen.
— President and CEO, Healthcare