President, swirl mcgarrybowen San Francisco
Ryan Lindholm is President of the agency’s San Francisco office, swirl mcgarrybowen. Ryan brings a diverse and storied career as an innovator, futurist, and strategist, having strategically positioned, built, and launched innovation for global brands and agencies for the last 20 years.
The central theme of Ryan’s career path was to develop teams that deepen the value that technology brings within the attention economy. While working with Nike, Lindholm led Brand Innovation and Advanced Concepts, where he elevated brand experience for Nike’s product, product +, and special initiatives across categories that were global in scale, including performance, structure, UX, creative, and brand narrative. Among his many contributions at Nike, he repositioned sustainability as an embedded strategy for Nike’s growth, grounding it as the new norm of making, further decoupling Nike’s business from constrained resources. Before joining the client side, Ryan held senior positions at AKQA and Razorfish, focusing on driving business results through design, world building, data, and technology at scale in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. From there, he honed his CPG chops with marketing and innovation roles at Clif Bar and Nature’s Path, prior to joining award-winning apparel brand RYU, and, where he led product development, marketing, and business strategy.
Ryan is driven by a passion and empathy for people, creative, and with an eye for championing brands both traditionally and digitally. He has a proven track record for improving and turning around businesses, for building teams in which creative is at the helm and for positioning businesses to be able to say no more than they say yes.
Outside of the office, Ryan, a passionate environmentalist, is an active board member for the Lonely Whale in our quest for a plastic-free ocean.