Wilhelm Oehl

Wilhelm Oehl

Partner and CXO, Eight Inc.


Wilhelm started his career with a three-year apprenticeship program as a cabinet maker at Emanuel Hook Furniture Design in Germany in 1989. He attended the Art Center (Europe) in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland before transferring to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he graduated in Industrial Design with honors in 1994.

Wilhelm joined Eight Inc. in 1995 and became a partner of the firm in 1998.

In the global role as Chief Experience Officer he is in charge of a wide range of projects focusing on the creation and execution of human-centric experiences for notable clients, such as Apple, Citi, Coach, Dolby, GAP, Nike and Virgin.

Wilhelm excels at listening to clients needs, helping to define the challenges, identifying the opportunities and providing relevant strategic guidance while keeping the focus on the end user.

His contributions delivered award winning work across disciplines, categories and continents and are published in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Wilhelm is a member of the accession committee for Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (https://www.sfmoma.org) and is on the board of the Grabhorn Institute (http://www.arionpress.com/grabhorn.htm) in San Francisco.