Global thought-leader in creativity joins The Futures Company

1 March, 2011

Patrick Harris, creativity guru and bestselling author, coming on board as Director in London office

LONDON — Leading global foresight and futures consultancy, The Futures Company, announces the appointment of Patrick Harris as a Director in the UK. This hire further strengthens the company’s offer in the areas of Strategic Futures - looking at the future of companies, industries and other issues of strategic importance to organizations.

Patrick is a highly respected futures practitioner, renowned for his ability to distill strategies into actionable plans and generate powerful momentum inside organizations. As Director of ‘Creaticity’ for the Orange Group from 1998-2002, where he worked directly for CEO Hans Snook and the executive board, Patrick co-founded and managed the Orange Strategic Think Tank that underpinned the company’s groupwide strategy during a period of rapid growth and expansion.

In 2003, Patrick founded thoughtengine, a consultancy focusing on creativity, strategy, brand and futures. He is a former non-executive Director of France Telecom UK R&D and an Honorary Life Member of Medinge, a brand think tank focused on furthering the humanitarian efforts of brands and their organisations. Patrick is also a founding member of Leadership Works, a Holland-based think tank focused on the future of leadership. His book, The Truth About Creativity, published by Pearson Prentice Hall, was released in July 2009.

On joining The Futures Company, Patrick Harris comments, “I have enormous respect for the talented people at The Futures Company and the valuable services that they provide to a number of organizations. I am delighted to be joining such an exciting, vibrant and intelligent team of professionals”.

Says Sarah King, Managing Director in the UK, “Patrick’s appointment represents The Futures Company’s continuing commitment to bringing the very best thinking to our mission of unlocking futures for our clients. We are absolutely delighted to welcome him to The Futures Company”.

For further information, please contact:
(UK) Jennifer Childs on +44 (0)20 7955 1824 or email 
(US) Emily Parenti on +1 919 932 8626 or email

About The Futures Company
The Futures Company is the leading global foresight and futures consultancy, formed in 2008 from the coming together of The Henley Centre, HeadlightVision and Yankelovich. Through a combination of syndicated insight services and bespoke research and consultancy, we create commercial advantage for our clients by helping them to take control of their futures. By exploring the future needs, motivations and behaviors of consumers, and the broader dynamics shaping the marketplace, we unlock the future of consumers, brands, categories and companies. The Futures Company is a Kantar company within WPP with teams in the UK, US, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and India.

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