VP, Innovation, Design & Sustainability - Converse, Nike
Sean was born in Tokyo, Japan and at age 5, he and his family moved to the small college town of Ithaca, New York. Both of his parents were professors and they instilled a strong sense of
curiosity from an early age. He studied Industrial Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a minor in Psychology (Dean’s List & Rhodes Scholar Semi-finalist).
In the early 90’s, Sean began his career at a small design consultancy in Pittsburgh – Daedalus Design. In the mid 90’s, McDowell combined his professional love of design with his love of sports and joined New Balance. His first shoe – the WW840 won shoe of the year. His work at New Balance caught the attention of the team at Nike and he was offered a job in the Running team in 1997.
Some of his roles at Nike have included:
Recently, Sean started his own design agency – Fountain Design and Innovation Center. The company focuses on break through innovation, indentifying market opportunities and helping corporations with a roadmap to success. Notable clients include: Philips Healthcare, Pepsico, BRP, Nike, Stanley, and CCM.