Dick Lee Ph. D.
CEO, Author, Value Innovation Black Belt
Dick has been the VP/GM at divisions of Fortune 500 companies and led their R&D organizations. He's taken Value Innovation far beyond Blue Ocean Strategy using his proven 10-step Value Innovation Process® that includes tools to help organizations drive sustainable business growth.
Dick is CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of Value Innovations, Inc. (www.valueinnovations.com). Value Innovations helps its customers significantly improve the contribution of new products, services and delivery to their company’s value by providing exceptional value to the most important customer in the value chain. VI provides impactful innovation workshops and consulting to organizations of varying sizes and industries.
As a global keynote speaker, co-author of the book Value Innovation Works, and leader of over 90 Value Innovation Workshops in 10 countries, Dick has mastered both the delivery and execution of the Value Innovation Process®.
He served as Vice President, Strategic Business Operations, Johns Manville Corporation [1988-1992]; Vice President R&D for Pharmaseal, a division of American Hospital Supply and subsequently Baxter Healthcare Corporation [1985-1988]; Vice President, Onan Corporation and General Manager, Elgar Corporation (McGraw Edison Corporation) [1982-1985]; Vice President and General Manager, the Portable Battery Division of Gould Inc. [1977-1982]; and Manager, Vehicle Emission Control R&D, UOP Inc. [1972-1977].
Since 1992, Dick has led consulting projects for clients in North America and Europe, including: ADM, Alcan, Albany International, American Vanguard, Ashland Chemical, Associated Octel, AstenJohnson, Beaulieu International Group, Bekaert, Bobcat, Brady Corporation, Caterpillar Trimble Control Technologies, Cargill, Champion Technologies, Chevron, Ciba Corning Diagnostics, Ciba Geigy, ECC Inc., Exxon Research and Engineering, Gates Corporation, Genencor, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, Johns Manville, Johnson Controls, KBR (an operating unit of Halliburton), Kennametal, Lund International, Merck KGaA, Millipore, Mobil Oil Corporation, Nanophase, Novamin (acquired by gsk in 2009), PG&E, Philip Morris USA, Polycore Optical Pte Ltd., Procter and Gamble, Raychem, SAIC, Sherwin Williams, Spectranetics, Thermo King and Trimble.
He has a BS degree from the University of London (1964) and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (1964-1965 – UK to the USA), he has an MS from Northwestern University (1965), a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of London (1968), and completed the Mini MBA program at the College of St. Thomas (1980).