Yves is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco-based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also the Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system.
His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim. Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, and he is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics.
Mary Kate Fischer
chief financial officer
Mary Kate leads the Finance & Operations functions at fuseproject, overseeing the company’s financial strategy, health and operational efficiency. She has a passion for collaborating with cross-discipline teams to optimize processes and drive business goals. Prior to Fuseproject, Mary Kate was the Senior Global Accounting Manager at OpenTable, a leading provider of online restaurant reservations. At OpenTable, she was instrumental in building out international finance, driving global reporting, and integrating various acquisitions, including the integration of OpenTable’s purchase by The Priceline Group. Mary Kate has also served as Assistant Controller at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mary Kate holds a Bachelors in Accounting and Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
vp of design
Originally from China, she received her B.S. in Industrial Design from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. During her studies in Industrial Design and Graphic Design, she worked at one of the top design consultancies in China, Jimei Design. In 2001, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a Masters of Industrial Design at the Academy of Art University MFA program. In that same period, she had the opportunity to work at Lunar Design and join projects with HP, Oral-B, and Moonshine.
Over the past nine years at fuseproject, Qin has worked on a variety of design projects including furniture, consumer electronics, interior spaces, health care, and more. She led development of the Herman Miller PUBLIC Office Landscape + SAYL Chair, UP24, UP, ERA, MINI Jambox + ICON for Jawbone, as well as projects with Coca Cola, Pantech, Fleurville, Sling Media and more. Qin is responsible for the entire design process from ideation to strategic thinking through production that includes a holistic design experience with branding, packaging, and UI design. With this diverse knowledge, she has also taught as a Directed Study Advisor for MFA program at AAU from 2007 to 2009.
partner, director of strategy
As leader of the strategy practice for fuseproject, Logan guides and oversees all strategic output of the studio. He is at his best helping client partners untangle complex challenges and construct compelling, actionable strategies for design-led growth and marketplace leadership. During his seven year tenure at fuseproject, he has led strategic efforts for a broad range of partners, including Puma, Herman Miller, GE, Jawbone, Nivea, Google, Canal +, Johnson & Johnson, and Louis Vuitton.
Prior to joining fuseproject, Logan led strategic efforts at IDEO and the Arnell Group Innovation Lab, following stints as an architect and rock drummer. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Rice University and BA in history from Vassar College.
Director of Experience Design
Thomas is the leader of fuseproject’s experience design practice. For nearly two decades, he has led the design of integrated services and platforms for many of the world’s best known brands – covering a range of domains, from advertising and marketing to physical experiences. Thomas’s career has taken him across many international markets, living and working in LA, Seattle, London, New York and San Francisco. His recent involvement in some of the world’s most innovative automotive brands has seen him deliver award winning work spanning connected car platforms, production in-car HMI interfaces, autonomous vehicle experiences, motor show events, film, photo shoots, integrated campaigns, and numerous car launches. Thomas is highly regarded as a design leader, bringing foresight and rigor to the consideration of design systems and patterns, progressive human-centric experiences, brand meaning and purpose, and quick, agile prototyping to ensure high quality execution and product success.
director of business development
Cody is principally focused on cultivating, developing and securing strategic engagements for the studio. He is keenly interested in discovering and partnering with entrepreneurs, leaders and enterprises that have an ambition to design innovative and game changing products and experiences for the world. Prior to fuseproject, Cody worked at the strategy consultancy SYPartners, first as a strategist working on and leading projects, then in a Business Development capacity. His clients included Yahoo!, Apple, CBS, Target and William Morris Endeavor (WME). Prior to SYP, Cody had a broad career spanning engineering, enterprise software, hospitality and entertainment. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and an MBA in Strategy and Organizational Behavior from UC Davis.
director of client services
Hardy is one of fuseproject’s director of client services. He met Yves windsurfing back in 2005 and has been with fuseproject since 2007. Though he wears many hats and fulfills many functions at fuse, his technical role as director of clients services is to serve as translator between clients and fuse’s creative team. He sits at the intersection of client vision, design intent and business goals. Among the many clients Hardy has worked with are Jawbone, Canal+, Fan TV, and Activision. He began his career working in boutique ad agencies as a producer, art director, and copywriter, eventually transitioning to the role of Creative Director. He holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of Colorado.
director of product & portfolio planning
For twenty years, Galen Myers has worked in professional services at the intersection of Business Strategy, Design, and Technology, serving businesses ranging from early stage start-ups to established corporations. Galen has led programs that deliver world-class experiences across multiple touch-points, with a wide focus ranging from business and brand strategy for emerging platforms to interface design and development for mobile, tablet, television, web-based products and services, and wearables. Throughout his career, Galen has defined and implemented integrated product design and development processes to ensure the creation of products that deliver clear user value and meet business objectives, achieved through rigorous research, the marriage of business strategy with clear user needs, high quality design, and best of breed engineering.
At fuseproject, Galen is the Director of Product and Portfolio Planning, specializing in creating holistic experiences across hardware, software, services and environments, delivering across customer ecosystems, and defining and integrating business, brand and product strategies with a multidisciplinary design-led approach. Prior to fuseproject, Galen was the Principal of Strategy + Innovation at Presence Product Group, leading business design, product strategy, design and development practices. Galen also led product experiences at Jawbone where he brought seven products from ideation to launch within two years.
Roo works at the intersection of business innovation and entrepreneurial methodology. As a consultant to executive leadership teams, Roo has created transformative growth strategies across financial, CPG, technology, and sustainably-focused industries, including Pepsi, Conde Nast, Nike Foundation, MySpace, GE, and Seventh Generation. His focus is on delivering holistic solutions that combine creative and business thinking to help clients tap into the entrepreneurs “challenger” mindset. He has a prioritized focus on activation, understanding that good ideas and good businesses don’t mean anything unless they succeed in the marketplace.
As a practicing entrepreneur, Roo has created five successful startups, including a film production company, and an independent eco-friendly car service operating in New York, and a patented new-to-the-world beverage. In addition to creating new offers, Roo is an active writer and commentator in the field of collaborative consumption. His first book, ‘What’s Mine is Yours’ analyzes the rise of the collaborative consumption movement and explores the impact of the movement on individuals, communities, and business models.
Director of People Operations
Kristen Hattan joined fuseproject early 2018 as Director of People Operations. In this role, Kristen responds to the growth of the company by building out infrastructure that will scale fuseproject to the next level. From recruiting talent, to fostering engagement, to recognizing creative ways to streamline processes, Kristen’s unique perspective empowers team members to challenge themselves, take an active role in their position, and understand the inner workings of the firm’s operations; each of which further establish the firm’s culture. Kristen brings more than 15 years of professional experience as a true generalist to foster a new model of the traditional role. Previously, she served as Director of Human Resources for Visa, and Director of Human Resources at PlaySpan. Kristen received her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Boston University, and an MBA in Finance at Fordham University.