As CEO of Continuum, Harry West guides the strategic direction and global growth. His experience as an innovation practitioner engaging with clients, understanding global consumers, and providing strategic innovation and design advice helps him stay connected with real needs in our rapidly changing world.
Harry has worked with a wide variety of brands in a broad range of industries, including American Express, Andersen Windows, Fidelity, AstraZeneca, LL Bean, Master Lock, Motorola, and Sprint. Additionally, he led the teams that helped to create the Swiffer, and new designs for Pampers diapers for Procter & Gamble.
A 15-year veteran of Continuum, Harry was named CEO in 2009. Previously, he led the strategy and innovation team. Before joining Continuum, Harry was associate professor of mechanical engineering at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1990, working with faculty from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and with the support of NHK and NEC, he founded the International Design Congress for research and education in international collaborative design. He holds an M.A. in engineering from Cambridge, a S.M. in technology and policy from MIT, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT.