Global Director of Human and Cultural Insights
Tom delights in collecting human and cultural insights from around the world which he uses to help guide the development of portfolio and M&A strategies; brand, product and package creation; and new communications. He has explored such topics as the meaning of well-being, sports and fitness, vitality, indulgence, and the rising value of design in over 30 countries. He is fascinated by the unprecedented set of socio-historic drivers that are generating dramatic attitudinal changes across the globe ' such changes as expanding worldviews, increasing demands on producers (and consumers) to address social and environmental challenges, and the increasing value of human creativity.
Tom holds degrees in Marketing and Economics from San Jose State University, has studied Human Visual Perception at Stanford University, and consumer psychology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He loves books and don't even get him started on Scrabble.
Don't miss Tom LaForge's keynote speech How Global Macrotrends Are Reshaping The Desires Of Tomorrow's Consumers at the Front End of Innovation Conference this May in Boston. Hope to see you all there!