Pierre-Yves Panis

Pierre-Yves Panis

Pierre-Yves created Design Co Operation, a non-profit for “Design for Development”. He is the current Head of Design at Phillips Lightning in the Netherlands.


Pierre-Yves is a design expert with more than 25 years of professional design practice, dedicated to championing smart and efficient use of design in both emerging economy and world-leading business contexts.

His current position is Head of Design at Philips Lighting, and holds this position since 2014.  Moreover, Pierre-Yves Panis was the Design & User Experience Vice President for Orange, which he joined in 2012.

He was Design Vice President and Art Director for Legrand for nine years (2003-2012). Legrand is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electrical wiring devices and electrical systems (home automation, building management systems, voice & data solutions for buildings, etc.).

Before taking on corporate jobs in the US and in France, Pierre-Yves spent almost nine years in Southern Africa where he created and managed Design Co Operation (DCO), a non-profit design structure aimed at improving urban informal sector production in Zimbabwe. DCO’s activities were centered on a commitment to “design for development”; using an industrial design approach to conceive of and develop products specifically for small-scale, low-tech production environments.

He is a graduate of Les Ateliers (the French National School of Industrial Design) in Paris.
He is Executive Board Member of Icsid (Int’l Council of Societies of Ind. Design).


Different ways to manage global design teams

It’s the Team that matters!   Beyond being particularly interested in working with designers from different parts of the world and in different cultures – and in doing so sometimes rendering his professional and personal life uncomfortable! – there are four core beliefs that Pierre-Yves Panis thinks represent how he manages design in big organizations:   Promote […]

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