Kaaren Hanson, Vice President of Design Innovation, Intuit

130502_99UAs Intuit's Vice President of Design Innovation, Kaaren Hanson is responsible for deepening and expanding Intuit’s design innovation capabilities. Her team strategically oversees and executes Intuit’s Design Leadership and Design for Delight initiatives as well as projects to create visions for strategically important new opportunities. Kaaren’s contributions to the design community and to Intuit have received widespread recognition and praise, including a Harvard Business Review feature story on Design for Delight and Intuit’s 2010 and 2011 CEO Leadership Awards for driving transformational change across the company.  Prior to joining Intuit, Kaaren led research and design teams at a variety of Silicon Valley companies from enterprise to small startup, including Remedy, a BMC Company and BigVine, funded by Kleiner Perkins.

A frequent speaker about design innovation and leadership, she is active in the industry and has held senior leadership roles with the Design Management Institute and Usability Professional’s Association. Kaaren holds a PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford University.