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Phil McKinney

Phil McKinney, an Innovation Consultant, has held technology and innovation leadership positions in a number of leading companies and has been widely profiled in leading media outlets. His first book, Beyond The Obvious, was released February 2012

Phil recently retired (December 2011) as the vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) $40B (FY2011) Personal Systems Group, where he was responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development for all of the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc), notebooks, desktops, and workstations.

Over the course of his career, he has been profiled or had his work on innovation written about in media outlets ranging from tech press to Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. McKinney also writes a column for Forbes called “The Objective,” hosts a popular Killer Innovations podcast that CIO Insight has called “a must listen,” and tweets from his @philmckinney handle. A sought after keynote speaker, McKinney gives over 100 talks or workshops a year.

Vanity Fair named McKinney “The Innovation Guru;” MSNBC and FOX both call him “The Gadget Guy;” and Laptop Magazine named him as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Mobile Tech” in 2010. His uncanny ability to predict what’s coming next caused The San Jose Mercury News to dub him “the chief seer.”

McKinney serves on the Board of Directors for The Computer History Museum. McKinney, an Eagle Scout, serves on the Executive Board of theSanta Clara County Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beyond The Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation, Phil’s first book, was release February 2012.