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Meet the Team

We believe in the Hollywood model in our company design. We want to bring the best resources to you when you need them. As with the innovation hub or focal point model we highly recommend for companies, we organize ourselves in the same way. We have an orchestration team of subject matter experts, our founding advisors and our partners to ensure we stay focused on our objective, which is maturing the discipline of strategic innovation. With these resources and our extensive global network, we are well positioned to meet your strategic innovation needs.



Joanne Hyland, Founding Partner

As a founding partner in rInnovation, Joanne is working with major corporations to link innovation with strategy and to develop systems, leadership, and culture capabilities that drive growth and corporate renewal.  >> Read Full Bio


Dr. Gina O’Connor, Founding Partner

Dr. O’Connor is Professor of Marketing & Innovation Management; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Academic Director for the Radical Innovation Research Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI’s) Lally School of Management.  >> Read Full Bio


Jeff Hovis, Senior Consultant

Jeff Hovis is a Partner, Senior Consultant and the content expert with the rInnovation Group and well versed in the D-I-A methodology for uncertainty reduction. He also leads Product Genesis, and is responsible for executive-level interface for innovation strategy client programs.  >> Read Full Bio


Rich Duncombe, Senior Consultant

Rich Duncombe is a Senior Consultant with the rInnovation Group and a proven executive to drive growth and launch new businesses within Fortune 50 technology companies. He is passionate about catalyzing innovation from concept to reality.  >> Read Full Bio


Ole Tangsgaard, Senior Consultant

Ole Tangsgaard is a Senior Consultant with the rInnovation Group. He has a solid experience with the D-I-A Methodology from his work on the Innovation Platforms at Grundfos. The Innovation Platforms were under the umbrella of the Grundfos Innovation Intent.  >> Read Full Bio


Dr. Jimmi Normann Kristiansen, Senior Consultant

Dr. Jimmi Normann Kristiansen is a Senior Consultant with the rInnovation Group and an Assistant Professor of Innovation Management at The Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. Jimmi is a published author of academic literature.  >> Read Full Bio


Monique Richard, Operations Manager

Monique is the Chief Operating Officer for the rInnovation Group, with 35 years of information technology management experience in the areas of organizational design as well as financial, project and innovation management. She oversees company operations.  >> Read Full Bio


E. Peng, MBA, Asia Consulting Associate

E, Peng, also known as "Roc" in international community, is a seasoned consultant, practitioner and scholar on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, with over 10 years of work experience in pursuit of innovation excellence.  >> Read Full Bio


Dr. Nick Colarelli, Founding Advisor

Dr. Nick Colarelli is the founding partner of Colarelli, Meyer & Associates of St. Louis, Missouri, a firm of organizational psychologists. For the past 25 years, his firm has specialized in planning and implementing radical change driven by technology, globalization, and other market forces.  >> Read Full Bio


Dr. Mark P. Rice, Founding Advisor

Dr. Mark P. Rice is the Dean of the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and former Murata Dean of F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. His research on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship has been widely published.  >> Read Full Bio