Since 2004, Stephen has been an ambassador of integrating industrial design and design strategy into the Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. global headquarters in Saint Louis, MO. This has included pioneering and leading human-centered design methods and approaches to challenge corporate paradigms and frame a vision for more “user-focused” innovation opportunities and delivering powerful products, systems, and services that shift the company from transactional products to participatory experiences.
Additionally, Stephen has also had the chance to travel the world to leverage his design influence in some of the most strategic global business units within the Nestlé portfolio (the world’s leading nutrition, health, and wellness company) including Nescafé (Japan, USA), Prepared Foods, Global Petcare (Europe, Latin America) Nestle Nutrition, and Nespresso to name a few.
Outside of his work with Nestle, he is heavily involved in the external design community and has been a 2-term Chair of the IDSA Saint Louis chapter, resulting in dynamic partnerships with other local organizations (United Way, AIGA, AIA) and the pioneering of unique events around the city and community that bring more exposure to design as a strategic discipline. Most recently he has been elected as the IDSA Midwest District Vice-President, hoping to continue the advancement of IDSA as a relevant and powerful brand within the design and innovation community.
He loves karaoke, has an obsession with fun socks, loathes olives, and wishes he could go back in time to enjoy the musical influence of Lennon, Waters, Jagger, Joplin, and Morrison (amongst many others).
Contact Stephen Wurth, firstname.lastname@example.org