Director of Design and Innovation
Vanan Murugesan got his first taste in entrepreneurship when he developed a small zero waste business unit during his time at Supervalu, and since then, he has never looked back. A mechanical engineer by training but a social entrepreneur at heart, he is a strong believer in the power of business solutions to improve people’s lives. He is also a big believer in human-centered design; some of his favorite phrases are “You are not your market”, “What is our Jobs-To-Be-Done?” and “How might we…?”
In his current role as Director of Design and Innovation at Pillsbury United Communities, Mr. Murugesan is responsible for developing two social enterprises – North Market and North News.
He has earned his MBA at the Carlson School of Management, and loves that he gets to bring business sense to a mission-driven organization. He continues to pinch himself everyday, as he can’t believe he has such a cool job, and that he is no longer an engineer.
Vanan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org