XPLANE is a global consulting partner that
helps large organizations transform their
business and accelerate results.

We've been working with some of the world's leading companies
since 1993.

XPLANE leverages visual thinking,
design facilitation, co-creation, and people-centered design to help clients solve complex problems and accelerate immediate and lasting results.

We combine the strategic expertise and
organizational strength of a consulting firm
with the creative power of a design studio. 


We have worked with 50 of the Fortune 500, National Governments, Global NGOs, and many of the world's largest organizations.  Our approach and methodologies can be applied across industries to organizations of all sizes.


We practice what
we teach. 

XPLANE is an award-winning Great Place to Work, Fastest-Growing Company, Innovative Workplace, Leading Green Business, B-Corp, and registered Beneficial Corporation


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Executive Team

Dave Gray


Dave is an expert in creativity, organizational change, and innovation as well as the author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and ChangemakersThe Connected Company, and Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think. Prior to founding XPLANE, Dave spent ten years as an award-winning visual journalist at the Los Angeles Daily News, the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In addition, he has taught both design and business at Washington University. Dave earned his BFA from Art Center College of Design.


Aric Wood


Aric’s expertise is focused on strategic planning, government and international affairs, and social impact and conscious business. Prior to XPLANE, Aric worked in Silicon Valley in leadership roles at Intuit, ePinions.com, and as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. He has served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards, including executive committee roles for the Design Museum Foundation, Business for Culture & the Arts, and as past Chairman of the Board of Governors of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Aric earned his BA in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and his MBA from Harvard University.


Rich Shawen


Rich leads the financial operations, planning, and governance functions for XPLANE. He has strong operational knowledge across multiple industries, including services, brewing, and manufacturing, with an emphasis in strategic business analytics and financial leadership. He also has  expertise in mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs. Rich has a BS with a double major in accounting and finance from Miami University.



Dave King
General Manager, Europe

Dave leads XPLANE's European headquarters in Amsterdam and has personal practice expertise in user experience design, process design and improvement, and digital strategy. Prior to XPLANE, Dave was a design leader in numerous Silicon Valley startups and at agencies including OgilvyOne. Dave is a guest professor at Colorado College and California School for the Arts, and received his BA in Theatrical Design from Colorado College.