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Mark Dziersk (1959-2020)



Mark was a special person and a force within the Design world. He was a classmate of mine and although we did not see each other much, we always kept in touch and we appreciated each other's challenges and successes. He was very proud of his many accomplishments and especially to have been named a Design Partner at McKinsey. Those of us who knew him are saddened by his sudden and untimely death. Our condolences to his wife and daughters. May Mark rest in peace.

- Carole Bilson, President, DMI


A very dear friend, colleague and fellow design warrior. Mark touched and inspired so many with his intelligence, imagination and endless charm. My broken heart is with his family and the legions of those who loved him like I did..

- Robert (Bob) Schwartz, DMI Board Chair Emeritus and VP Global Design & UX, GE Healthcare




The Design Management Institute mourns the passing of Mark Dziersk, a leader whom Bob Schwartz, DMI Board Chair Emeritus and VP Global Design and UX, at GE Healthcare called a “design warrior”. Born in Detroit, MI, Mark graduated from the University of Michigan in 1981 with a BFA in Industrial Design.

Mark's career in Design spanned positions as Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at BrandImage-Laga/DesGrippes and Executive Vice President of Design at Herbst LaZar Bell, Inc. (HLB), two highly-regarded consultancies in Design and Innovation. He was a Partner of McKinsey & Company, and part of the team that won a DMI Design Value Award in 2019 for McKinsey’s work in quantifying Design Value. A leader in Design Thinking, his expertise in Innovation Strategy, Industrial Design, and Branding made him a sought-after speaker on Design, creativity, and sustainable Innovation processes.

He taught as an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI and the New England School of Art & Design in Boston, MA. He was also an adjunct professor in the Master of Product Design and Development Management (mpd²) program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life was held on Saturday March 7th, at Northwestern University’s Seabury Hall 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208.









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