Lear has always been committed to innovation. However, the newly formalized open innovation program’s pipeline was stuck, and the company wanted better results. Lear sought a strategic partner to customize an operating model, including these core elements critical to success; strategy, systems, organization, and communication. Alongside program enhancements, Vectorform also supported welcoming the company’s first CTO to help to lead the charge in launching Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV).


Establish innovation operating model

Upgrade program and project-level elements such as product development, digital and innovation ecosystems, and Industry 4.0

Customize the innovation process and pipeline

Drive progress on stalled backlogs of pipeline ideas and projects to show progress towards convergence and innovation engagement.

Build organizational alignment and vision

Activate the Innovation Center and establish clear, articulated communication plans outlining innovation program objectives to drive a culture of innovation.



Reduction in time spent by aligning teams around a common mission & call-to-action


Stage customized innovation process


Ideas moved through the pipeline

Vectorform compliments the strategy and coordination with execution by being valued partners to our R&D teams through firmware/software and UX/UI development. They also have the ability to deliver innovative techniques and messaging to large or small group audiences up and down the organization and I'd recommend them to any innovation team looking to improve their innovation programs.

Lear Innovation Management Director

Innovation Operating System (OS)

Vectorform’s innovation operating system minimizes friction and risk by integrating enterprise pipeline and portfolio management systems, software, and executive dashboards. The OS also includes specialized tools and methods such as design thinking, quantified rankings, and project-level reporting that help organizations collect, evaluate, incubate, implement, and commercialize new, novel, and valuable ideas.

Executive marketing,  change management, & communications

Organizations require effective change management to implement innovation, including communication and inspiration of what innovation means to them. Vectorform helped Lear create Lear Innovation Ventures (LIV) by crafting board presentations, benchmarking insights, and a unique brand identity and collateral.

Extension of project teams and access to skills & competency

Blending internal and external teams creates healthy cross-team dynamics, rapid responses, flexibility, and impact to culture. External resources expedite speed-to-value, allowing project teams to focus on meaningful work, while access to design and engineering pools enable experimentation, building, and learning with the right skills at the right time.

Access to emerging and disruptive technologies

Our teams offer access to emerging and disruptive technologies to help organizations, and our frameworks help translate ideas into focused action plans that identify the right technology for each opportunity.

Project Impact

Today, Lear continues to propel the automotive industry into new unexplored sectors with the use of the LIV innovation program and pipeline. Lear’s innovation drives their future, identifying early-stage technologies and developing strategic automotive technology partnerships. They provide internal and external assistance for innovation initiatives supporting autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared mobility.


  • Executive Marketing & Communications
  • Engineering
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Innovation Analyst
  • Motion Graphics
  • Program Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategy
  • Technical Direction
  • UX/UI Design
  • UX Research & Strategy


  • Branding
  • Design Thinking & Ranking Systems and Tools
  • Innovation Operating System
  • Innovation Pipeline and Portfolio
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Prototypes