Phil Donihe - President of Innovekt Inc

Philip L. (Phil) Donihe, President of Innovekt, Inc.

Phil Donihe is a passionate leader, innovation expert, and systems specialist. He provides 30+ years of diverse business management experience along with client-configured Innovation Systems. Innovekt’s goal is creating extraordinary value and quantifiable gains toward sustainable prosperity for all clients.

Phil’s passion for innovation has developed from over three decades of specialized experience with leading and facilitating business improvements and transformations while working in leadership positions in major US companies. Phil’s expertise in the strategic and integrated use of a wide range of innovation tools has led to multi-million-dollar improvements to the top and bottom lines of many companies.

As President of Innovekt®, Phil has developed the leading-edge HumanInnergy® cloud-based platform, which helps clients engage and manage the Innclusion™ System, Certinn® System, Innterprise® System, Inngineering™ System, and InnPeople™ systems and tools (Innsight™, ISPI™, InnCharacter™, SelectInn™, InnLead™, and InnTeam™).

Innovekt’s consulting services and these systems focus organizations on accelerating and sustaining the development and commercialization of innovative products and services. The unique approaches develop and place leaders and team members, liberate creativity, and provide visibility of innovation efforts and successes.

Innovekt® is a strategic partner of Idea Connection Systems® ( and Peirce Group ( These companies foster the creative, innovative spirit in companies and organizations and are committed to helping companies create a high level of integrity in their leaders and operations. Innovekt is certified in the proprietary approaches and tools of these entities that enable clients to develop leadership for innovation and character.

Innovekt is also a registered US Government Contractor and certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.

Note: Donihe is pronounced: don-uh-hee

Professional Experience

Life changing for Phil Donihe was his learning of the art and science of Strategic Business Improvement and Total Quality Management through working with some of the world’s foremost innovation leaders and practitioners. Phil worked directly with Dr. W. Edwards Deming, becoming the lead facilitator for Deming seminars in the General Motors Corporation. He learned the power of advanced engineering and statistical methods from Dr. Genichi Taguchi and Shin Taguchi. Phil’s personal interactions with Professor Stuart Pugh enabled him to experience the power of focused creativity in a conceptual engineering framework that set a new standard for structured innovation. Phil has applied his learning in management positions to achieve significant improvements in profitability, quality, reliability, productivity, and success.

Phil has excelled in management and director positions in engineering, manufacturing, quality, reliability, lean enterprise, innovation, and business operations. He has led and used the tools of Strategic Business Improvement, including employee and high-performance team development and innovation, to enhance the profitability and operations of the following companies: Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway); Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Berkshire Hathaway); the General Motors Corporation; TDS Automotive; Sea Ray Boats; and Outboard Marine Corporation. He received a Manufacturing Innovation Award and a Chairman’s Award. In these positions, he managed teams ranging in size from 6 to 300 people. He contributed to the ShawVet and Women’s Innovation Network organizations for Shaw Industries.

Phil has developed and led training courses throughout his career focused on innovation, lean enterprise, quality, design, and more. Link here for a listing of his accomplishments: PhilipLDonihe-TrainingDevelopedandDelivered-1-3-15 (pdf file).

Following graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he specialized in engineering and was on the Dean’s List, Phil Donihe served as a commissioned officer in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division and the US Army Airborne Board. He received the Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal and was honorably discharged.

Business Philosophy & Approach

  • VALUES: Integrity beyond question, service with excellence, and collaboration in creating “new”
  • TOP PRIORITY: Making a real, practical contribution to the financial top and bottom lines of companies in ways that ensure their long-term viability and prosperity
  • Working with executive and management leaders and teams to plan and execute new strategies and systems for innovation and business transformation
  • Achieving sustainable innovation and profitability from acquisitions, new entities, or under-performing segments
  • Helping companies courageously engage in transforming their approach to business, form strategic alliances, and initiate new courses of action
  • Leading and facilitating new product and service creation and development initiatives that contribute to expansionary and revolutionary innovation
  • Leading and facilitating implementation of systems that enable leaders and associates to fully engage in evolutionary innovation as an ongoing business practice
  • Being of high-value service at every stage of an organization’s business cycle
  • Realizing the strategic and financial value of achieving high quality at minimal cost
  • Using a fact-based approach as well as structured and visual methods for problem-solving and decisions
  • Facilitating collaborative and ever-improving teamwork and leadership
  • Building organizational capacity through training, mentoring, collaboration, and accompaniment
  • Maximizing productivity, return on investment, and profitability
  • Encouraging others with a positive outlook, helping them to pursue their dreams for success


To develop excellence, Phil Donihe has committed to ongoing continuous improvement through specialized training built on top of his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point (engineering focus) and post-graduate coursework at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Below is a partial list of specialized training:

  • ISPI™ Certified Practitioner (Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator®)
  • Character Foundations Assessment™ Certified Practitioner
  • Design Thinking
  • Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprise
  • Design for Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Reliability Engineer
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Finance and Accounting
  • ISO 9000 Lead Assessor
  • Demand Flow Technology
  • Quality Function Deployment (Basic and Enhanced)
  • Design of Experiments & Quality Engineering (Taguchi Methods)
  • Professional Instructor and Pro Trainer

A complete list can be downloaded here: EducationandTrainingReceived-PhilipLDonihe-9-17-18 (pdf file)


Throughout Phil Donihe’s career, his contributions to the organizations he has worked with have been honored with awards, as mentioned above. In addition, managers have acknowledged his excellence. Quotes from many of them are here: Philip L. Donihe – Accolades from Managers.

Printable pdf of ExecutiveBio-PhilipLDonihe-July20-2018

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Len Hixon

In my 25 years of mechanical design experience in the electronic, medical, automotive, and textile industries, Phil Donihe has been the most accomplished and knowledgeable person I have ever worked with on Technology Development and Robust Design projects. Phil is a master in the field of solving complex design challenges and determining the most expedited path to a robust design. He is a pleasure to work with and a true team player, keeping all parties informed and engaged in every phase of development.

Jerry Griswold

I have been extremely excited with the results we achieved during our sessions with Innovekt. We certainly would not have arrived at this point in our business without your assistance.

Mike Standish

Phil Donihe’s extensive experience, command of the strategic process, and structured approach to leading our team through the process has been invaluable.  Innovekt led our organization to a powerful common ground where we now have clear direction and are excited about our future.

Contact Information

Innovekt, Inc.

Philip L. (Phil) Donihe, President

423.66.7588 (Eastern US Time)


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