For 20 years Rick has been deeply ingrained in the world of innovation. As CEO for Ninesigma Europe he developed a growing and profitable operation with major brand recognition in the Open Innovation industry, creating a steady string of successes with over 100 large clients like Siemens, Philips, ASML, Clariant, AkzoNobel and AstraZeneca. Rick has a real founder's mentality, very client focused, creative and fun to work with. His first venture after his various roles at Philips and SAP was an Open Innovation expert sourcing company, HIP Europe, that leveraged knowledge from high level retired professionals to address a broad range of innovation needs. Rick has a true passion for learning, teaching and implementing innovation practices. He loves working with client teams to help them put innovation into action.