Merle Symes

Partner - Innovation and Strategy

Merle Symes - Partner Innovation & StrategyMerle Symes is the president and founder of The Provenance Group, LLC, a firm that helps businesses accelerate growth through innovation and strategy. His clients range from Fortune 500 to early stage companies. Mr. Symes works with senior managers to integrate innovation into all aspects of corporate management - from strategies to new product development to day-to-day operations. Mr. Symes has developed The Intentional Innovation Process™, a specially designed process that creates targeted innovation in management directed areas. He also works with management teams to develop a culture of innovation and provides development programs for an organization's managers that will help them understand the principles of innovation and creativity.

In his career, Mr. Symes has held a number of executive positions and he brings a practical knowledge and approach to innovation and entrepreneurialism. Such positions include President and CEO of a medical device company where he increased sales by over 60% and profitability by 35% over a three year span. He was also Vice President, External Technology for Bausch & Lomb where he established a process for locating and acquiring external technology that was recognized by the Corporate Executive Board as being one of the top five best practices identified in their research of major companies. Mr. Symes has served in executive positions in both the U.S. and Europe. Prior to Bausch & Lomb, he held positions in Wyeth (formerly American Home Products), Monsanto and Dupont. He regularly advises boards of directors and has held director positions on both public and privately held companies.

Mr. Symes has an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology where he has been honored with their Distinguished Alumni Award.