New Product Development Job Trends

PDMA - Chicago Chapter

Innovation Roundtable

October 4, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

To find out how New Product Development (NPD) professionals are faring in this economic environment and what tools they're using to search for new positions, Product Development Management Association (PDMA) teamed up with NPD Recruiting to do an online survey of NPD job trends. This year NPD Recruiting will be comparing changes between 2010 and 2011 data.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

From the survey results, discover some of these important findings for NPD Professionals:

  • What are the most successful job search tactics for NPD Professionals?
  • Are the number of NPD job opportunities increasing or decreasing?
  • What percentage of NPD professionals were looking for new jobs, and how long did it take?
  • Do employers view laid off employees unfavorably?
  • Is it helpful to hire a career coach?
  • What tactics do employers use when searching for employees?

You can find out about the results of this survey at the October 4th Chicago PDMA and University of Chicago Innovation Roundtable joint event. Kathy Morrissey, '98 and Mike Napier, '96 of NPD Recruiting will share the results of the Second Annual Survey on NPD Professional Employment.


No Charge


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Registration

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM: Presentation and Q&A

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM: Midway Club


Register Online

Deadline: 10/4/2011

Speaker Profiles

Kathy Morrissey (Speaker) '98
Partner, NPD Recruiting

Kathy has over 20 years of experience with Fortune 100 companies specializing in market and customer research, strategy, business processes and models. Kathy's new product development expertise is in developing innovation, product, technology, and market strategies, as well as product and technology roadmaps. In addition, she also has considerable experience in portfolio management and early-staged new product development activities.

She has most recently worked with companies that represent the medical device, industrial, transportation, consumer electronics and appliance industries.

Kathy was a senior manager in research and strategy positions with Ameritech, Household International and CNA Insurance Companies. She has led research projects to develop customer segmentation systems, quantify customer value and understand customer choices and preferences. She has also led large teams in developing coordinated planning initiatives for business and product strategy. Kathy is also a successful entrepreneur, having founded two businesses in the music industry.

Kathy is a mathematician that has an MS in Statistics from Carnegie-Mellon University and has completed the doctoral core courses. She also has an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is an active and long-standing board member of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association and currently Chair of the national ASA Council of Chapters.

She is certified as a New Product Development Professional (NPDP) by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) and serves on the Certification Committee. She is President of The University of Chicago Innovation Roundtable. She has guest lectured at Northwestern University in the School of Engineering.

Mike Napier (Speaker) '96
Principal, NPD Recruiting

Mike is a product development and marketing professional. He started his career as an engineer in electronics manufacturing, bringing complex military communications equipment from prototype to full production. This included extensive experience in environmental testing as well as developing and implementing product improvements for high-reliability product operation. He has also done work in optimizing manufacturing line throughout.

After completing his MBA, Mike moved into medical products. He spent time as a field clinical representative in the Midwest helping physicians implant pacemakers and defibrillators in patients, assisting with over 200 procedures. He then moved into product development, gathering Voice of Customer input around the world from physicians for implantable devices and related products. Mike has been a product manager for cardiology, laparoscopic surgery, diabetes, and diagnostic products, focusing on product development, product launch, and cost reduction. He also has considerable experience teaching electrocardiology and medical device technology to corporate sales representatives throughout North and South America and Europe. Additionally, Mike has staged symposia on advanced diagnostic cardiology algorithms with medical luminaries at major scientific sessions.

Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana, an MBA from The University of Chicago, and he has passed the North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology Exam for Associated Professionals. Mike is also an accomplished triathlete.


Mary Drotar, '94