Jon Wettersten joins 8th Light as Head of Design

8th Light is pleased to announce that it has greatly advanced its mission to be the partner of choice for ambitious software development projects by hiring Jon Wettersten to be its new Head of Design.

Jon will direct the continued evolution of 8th Light’s design agenda and capabilities. In addition to leading the design function, he will strengthen 8th Light’s multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to crafting software in which designers and developers (“crafters” in 8th Light parlance) collaborate throughout a project’s lifecycle to define and deliver a client’s product vision.

Jon joins 8th Light after 13+ years at IDEO, an award-winning global design firm, where he was most recently an Executive Design Director leading IDEO’s software product design capabilities. Jon has extensive expertise guiding companies through the design-to-delivery process to build and scale modern product teams in service of digital transformation. He has also been at the forefront of integrating software and data science as human-centered design disciplines to collaboratively build products that genuinely improve people's lives. Jon brings over 25 years of designing and developing software solutions with substantial experience across health care and medical devices, financial services, consumer products, and retail.

“I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity to continue the ‘strategy to market’ trajectory that I have been establishing within IDEO, but now from the context of a best-in-class software company,” said Jon Wettersten. “So much of the work I’ve recently been leading with organizations has required us to work closely with and not just for them, and I believe this is crucial to ensure they are able to take responsibility for and evolve the solutions we create together. I believe 8th Light's ability to inspire through craft and empower through education uniquely positions them to be a leader in creating human-centered software products and experiences.”

I'm very excited to add Jon to the 8th Light leadership team. We’ve partnered in the past with Jon to build ambitious products for several shared clients, so we know the impact he’ll bring and we know he shares 8th Light’s values of humanity, education, and ownership. His product design expertise and his ability to build empathetic, multi-disciplinary teams will open new doors for 8th Light to help more of our clients achieve their product vision along with their technology vision.

If you'd like to get in touch and learn more about how 8th Light can inspire and empower your team to deliver transformative software solutions, please reach out.

Paul Pagel, Chief Executive Officer

Paul Pagel co-founded 8th Light in 2006, and has been a driving force in the software community ever since.

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