Director, Innovation

Kalamazoo

Jason Kehrer

Crazy experiences seek him out

Jason leads the Innovation Group, which is responsible for the growth of the Newell Brands portfolio of products and services worldwide. The group assesses the organization’s innovation capabilities, scans the horizon for new product development opportunities, and partners with groups across the organization to bring those opportunities to fruition.

He began his career in local and international community development, working to understand needs and design and implement solutions in Michigan, Australia, South Africa, and Swaziland. Before joining Newell, he served as the Managing Director of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit organization that helps other organizations apply design thinking to achieve better results in their work.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religion from Hope College.

Most memorable travel adventure
So many, including standing on the bumper of a Land Cruiser chasing a mob of kangaroos across the outback.

Most-used art supply
“Good old-fashioned black fine-point Sharpies—but they have to be new, with a sharp nib!”

Design superpower
Ability to synthesize information, ideas, and capabilities and see opportunities across the organization and to “integrate a bit of whimsy.”