A podcast about navigating the
opportunities and challenges of design leadership
with Jesse James Garrett and Peter Merholz
In this episode, Jesse and Peter are joined by Greg Petroff, Chief Design Officer at Cisco Secure, and former design executive at GE, ServiceNow, and Compass, who shares with us his experiences in elevating Design’s voice in the product development process, the importance of partnership, relationship, and communication, and why he’s hopeful for Design continued influence and impact.
Kaaren Hanson, Chief Design Officer at Chase Bank, joins Peter and Jesse to discuss her approach to being a design executive, including what components need to be in place for success, how she coaches her teams, what she’s learned to do (and not do), and how she navigates idealism and pragmatism.
In this episode, Katrina Alcorn, General Manager for IBM Design, joins Peter and Jesse to uncover various aspects of being a design executive, including where to spend your time and energy, how to maintain culture and cohesion at scale, and the importance of showing compassion for yourself.