Ben Watson

Global Innovation Leader at 3M


Ben Watson, Global Innovation Leader, joined 3M in 2012, leading international interdisciplinary teams to anticipate and shape the future, working across business groups and technology platforms.

With more than 20 years of global design experience and design leadership in building and managing multi-disciplinary creative teams, to drive innovation forward. As a recognized industry leader, passionate about design thinking and the opportunity to make positive impact on the future of 3M, its business partners and customers, Ben’s focus on developing new growth platforms remains his top priority.

Ben holds a PhD in design thinking, studied industrial design at the Loughborough University Design School in the UK and holds undergraduate qualifications in mechanical/industrial engineering. He is on the Advisory Board of the Materials and Design Exchange, Trustee and Councillor for the Institution of Engineering Designers, international expert on Innovation Management Systems with the International Standards Organisation and a fellow of the Institution of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. Ben is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Product Designer and Chartered Environmentalist for sustainable design.