Aric Wood is the CEO of global design consultancy XPLANE, where he leads the firm’s Strategy Activation practice. XPLANE has developed a unique approach to leveraging human-centered design, visual thinking, and co-creation to help engage, align, and activate people to bring their strategies to life. With over 25 years of experience working with over 100 of the Fortune 500, as well as federal and local governments, non-profit organizations, and global NGOs, Aric has a unique perspective on what it takes to successfully lead change through people in organizations of all sizes.
Aric has shared his experience and knowledge as an author, a keynote speaker, a university instructor, and has served on numerous commercial and non-profit boards, including The Design Museum Foundation and the Pacific Northwest College of Arts (PNCA). He previously served in leadership roles at Intuit and Epinions.com, and as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. Aric earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.