Noble PDMA Chair


Charles H. Noble will be the next Chair of the Product Development and Management Association

Product Development and Management Association Names Charles H. Noble, PhD as Chair

CHICAGO, IL – The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is pleased to announce Charles H. Noble, PhD, Proffitt’s Professor of Marketing and Marketing PHD Program Director at The University of Tennessee, as Chair, effective, January 1, 2015. Noble previously served as Vice Chair of the PDMA Board and VP of Academic Affairs. As Chair, Noble will work closely with the Board of Directors to oversee PDMA’s strategic direction through its mission to serve as the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals, and support the practice of global innovation. “I am excited and honored to take on the role of Chair of the PDMA,” said Noble. “There are so many areas of excellence in this organization, including the Journal of Product Innovation Management, the Outstanding Corporate Innovator award, NPDP Certification and the annual Research Forum and Product Innovation Management Conference, among others. I look forward to working with our outstanding leadership team to sharpen the impact of these offerings and to find new ways to add value for our members and the field of product development and innovation. 2015 will be an important year for the PDMA as we move towards a bright future!”

PDMA has also announced the appointment of Peter Bradford, Program Manager for the Development Enterprise Transformation Initiative at IBM as Vice-Chair whose term also began January 1, 2015. Brad White, a Partner at Prophet will continue as PDMA’s Secretary/Treasurer in 2015.

Three new members to the 2015 Board of Directors were also announced:

  • Allan Anderson, Massey University
  • Jeff Thompson, Aesynt
  • Suzanne Thompson, Clorox Services Company

For more information on the PDMA Board of Directors, please visit

About the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management. The development of new products and services involves an integrated set of distinct activities. PDMA is the only organization that focuses on addressing this challenge by providing unique opportunities for professional development, education, experience, networking and recognition. The PDMA NPDP (New Product Development Professional) certification confirms mastery of NPD principles and best practices. It identifies individuals who have sufficient product development knowledge and experience to move into a leadership position, supports an organization’s drive for process consistency and discipline in new product development, and offers the right big picture, baseline and areas of focus. For more information, please visit