Dr. Navin Kunde currently leads the Open Innovation group at The Clorox Company, a US-based consumer goods company in the Fortune 500. The Open Innovation group enables business leaders and innovation teams to make better decisions by helping them access and synthesize data, learn from external experts, and build partnerships.
Before joining Clorox, Navin spent seven years at The Corporate Executive Board in Washington DC, advising Global 1000 innovation and operations executives. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
Navin has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and an MBA from Cornell. He has over 20 years of Research, Operations, Innovation and Strategy experience in a few diverse fields, such as Aerospace & Defense, Business Consulting and Consumer Goods. He was in technical and business-facing roles earlier in his career; more recently, he has taken on strategic leadership and people management responsibilities.
Navin has delivered over 500 speaking engagements and workshop presentations to senior executives and their staff across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. He is sought after as an industry speaker for his pragmatic large company point-of-view that complements perspectives provided by academics, consultants, venture-capitalists, and start-ups. He is adept at speaking to small intimate groups, large audiences, and via digital media.