Martin Darbyshire, CEO at Tangerine
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Martin has been inspiring companies to take bigger leaps forward through design at Tangerine since co-founding the company in 1989. Under his stewardship Tangerine has grown into an international design consultancy with offices in the UK, South Korea and Brazil; from which Tangerine exports product and service innovation and customer experience design services to the world’s leading brands, service providers and manufacturers.
As CEO, Martin leads the strategic and commercial development of the design consultancy. Identifying new business opportunities and growth potential in new sectors, managing high-level client relationships, and driving innovation in the outstanding design work that that the consultancy delivers for its clients.
From tangerine’s beginning, the company won exciting overseas clients in Asia and America including Apple, Hitachi and LG, working strategically with the consumer electronics companies on design strategy, product innovation and industrial design. Over the company’s three-decade history, Martin has been instrumental to tangerine broadening its focus to develop wider expertise and move into sectors such as mobility, retail, hospitality, brand environments, service design and user-experience. Tangerine has completed numerous, diverse projects that create exceptional customer experiences for both businesses and their consumers for clients including British Airways, Sky, Cepsa, Gulf Air, Hyundai, Huawei, Innisfree, Nikon, Samsung and Toyota.
A design leader on the international stage, Martin combines his work for tangerine with a worldwide programme of keynote speeches and activities promoting the importance of design to improve business success and human well-being. Martin has served two terms as a board member of the World Design Organization (formerly ICSID). He was formerly a visiting professor at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London. He is a trustee of the UK Design Council, a member of the UK Government’s Infrastructure Exports: UK (IE:UK), a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Society of Designers, and a long-standing juror at the Red Dot Awards in Europe and Asia.