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Information design consultancy re-establishes itself as Portland-based firm

PORTLAND, OR. (July 2, 2012) – XPLANE today announced that it has been spun out from Dachis Group, re-establishing itself as an independently operated company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Aric Wood will reassume his role as chief executive officer at XPLANE; Parker Lee, former vice president of sales and marketing, will act as president; Rich Shawen, former chief financial officer, and Dave King, former vice president of client services, will both return to their previous positions. Patrick Dodson and Drew Mattison will lead the company’s business development team.

“XPLANE is a heritage brand with nearly 20 years history as the world’s leading information design consultancy, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring it back and return to growth,” said Wood. “We’re also excited to base our operations in Portland, a creatively-vibrant city with an increasingly global brand, and a great foundation for our growth.”

Prior to XPLANE’s acquisition by Dachis Group in 2010, XPLANE was named as one of Portland’s “12 Hottest Companies” by Portland Monthly”; #17 on the Great Place to Work® list of Best Small Business to Work by Entrepreneur Magazine; one of the Inc. 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States; and a four-time winner of Portland Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” award.

XPLANE will continue to support clients globally from its US headquarters in Portland, Oregon and from its European headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

XPLANE’s key practice areas include:

Strategy & Innovation Design

Process Improvement

Change Design & Management

Marketing & Sales Communications Design

Learning Strategy & Design


XPLANE is an award-winning, global business design consultancy that uses a visualization-based approach to help organizations innovate and perform better. Our Business Design Thinking methodology develops practical solutions for even the most complex problems and aspirational goals, helping organizations achieve better results in less time. Using this approach over the last 20 years, we’ve earned the trust of leading organizations in virtually every industry, including American Express, Autodesk, The Economist, Gates Foundation, Intel, Microsoft, Nike, Unicef, and the U.S. Marines. We serve our clients from offices in Portland, Ore. (headquarters) and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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