MAYA Design Names New CEO

April 1, 2014

PITTSBURGH, P.A., April 1, 2014 – MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation consultancy, today announced that Mickey McManus has been elected Chairman and Principal, and will step down as Chief Executive Officer. He will be dedicating his time to exploring the strategic implications of an information-laden future to individuals, organizations, and society, ultimately shaping the development of key business strategies for the company.

Dutch MacDonald, MAYA Design’s Chief Operating Officer since 2008, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Mr. MacDonald was responsible for establishing a strong track record of year-over-year growth, operational excellence, and client diversification, while also founding and leading the company’s Creative Environment Consulting practice. Mr. MacDonald’s leadership was essential in maintaining MAYA’s culture through a rapidly changing market, building in operational agility and preserving the environment that drives employee satisfaction.

Mr. MacDonald stated, “I am honored to be given this incredible opportunity to serve in this new role. On behalf of the entire company, I want to thank Mickey for his tireless work and leadership. Under his guidance, MAYA Design has evolved into a global design consultancy with a forward-thinking vision and clear focus on the intersection of information, technology, and human experience. We thank Mickey for his absolute dedication to the company and look forward to his contributions as Chairman and Principal.”

Mr. McManus said, “We are entering MAYA’s 25th anniversary year. I have been leading MAYA for a little over half of its existence, and in that time I have been constantly humbled and amazed by what we have been able to accomplish. This is a place where the most creative thinkers and the smartest minds can work together and build something bigger than themselves. Looking ahead, I am confident that MAYA will continue to thrive with Dutch at the helm. He has been a friend and colleague for twenty years and has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success. I can’t wait to see where he takes us.”

Prior to joining MAYA, Mr. MacDonald practiced architecture for more than 17 years, and was vice president at EDGE Studio, one of the Pittsburgh region’s most respected and creative architectural practices. He also currently serves as the immediate past President of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and is on the Governance Board of America Makes.

About MAYA Design
MAYA Design is a leading technology design and innovation consultancy that transforms human experiences with technology products into positive, fruitful interactions. For over 20 years, MAYA’s team of experts in human sciences, engineering and visual design have been working with a range of Fortune 500 companies and start-up businesses to design innovative products and solutions that improve the interactions between people and information. For more information, please visit us at

Judy Huang
Allison + Partners