DBA Announces new President- Jim Thompson
The Design Business Association (DBA) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new President, Jim Thompson, Managing Director of 20.20.
Last night (5th September 2013) Jim performed his first official duty as DBA President- his acceptance speech. 20.20 and the DBA all look forward to the changes he will be making.
In 2004 Jim became managing director of London-based design agency 20.20, where he has reinvigorated its development, taking the business into the international marketplace, with clients as diverse as Arsenal Football Club, Wholefoods and Nissan Motors. He has recently overseen the integration of the business into the larger group structure of the Writtle group where 20.20 now benefit from the power of sister companies like Seymour Powell, WMH and The Team.
A graphic designer by training, in his early career Jim worked with some of London’s leading corporate identity specialists – designing and implementing global identity projects, and developing a passion for branding. In 1996 he met with the founders of 20.20 and developed a love of the retail design world. It proved to be the perfect place to combine experiential, three dimensional brand design with dynamic retail environments.
Jim joined the DBA board in 2010, and has been instrumental in developing its new role as the bridge between design and business and championing 'effective design'. He has been part of the team that launched the DBA Directory and the new Corporate Membership scheme.
On his appointment, Jim said "I'm absolutely delighted to be named President of the DBA. Having been part of the board of directors for the past three years I have a clear view of our future development. Laura (Haynes) has done a terrific job in the past two years and I will be ensuring we continue that change – implementing the exciting initiatives the management team and board have developed. Our task now will be to galvanise the design industry, and position the DBA as the representative body for design in the UK. It's time to unite our industry, and draw focus onto the capabilities and impact of design."
Jim will hold the position for a two-year term, during which he will also head up the DBA’s advocacy committee, to raise the impact and influence of the organisation.
DBA Chief Executive, Deborah Dawton, commented: “I'm delighted Jim Thompson has been appointed President of the DBA. He's been a pivotal member of the Board in recent years, during a time of refocus for the DBA, and has a very firm grasp on the challenges the industry faces and the wider needs of our corporate members and other clients. Jim has a pro-active attitude and approach towards the development and progression of both the Association and the design industry, and his proven strategic ability and experience will be key in helping drive the DBA forward, continuing to ensure our offer and resources meet the needs of members.”