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Kambiz Hemati


VP, Global Store Design
Foot Locker, Inc.
Kambiz has created new retail concepts, flagships, design prototypes and managed roll-out strategies for Verizon, Nike, Starbucks, BCBG, Hervé Leger, Max Azria, Fila Sport, Isaac Mizrahi and a series of independent retailers. In addition, he served as creative retail consultant to Gap’s Old Navy, as well as creative director of experiential marketing projects for Google and Sunrun. In his role as head of Design at Verizon, he led the creation of the Verizon Next-Gen store concept, and oversaw all aspects of branded environments, including architecture, digital communications and in-store messaging.

He currently oversees the design of Foot Locker Inc’s branded spaces -Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs- and all aspects of the retail experience, including the development of new omni channel retail concepts.

Nike’s Portland LEED Platinum store was selected by Design:Retail as Best Designed & Best Green store of 2012. Kambiz and his team redefined the Starbucks experience with localized LEED new concepts. Winner of a 2013, 2012, two 2011 & four 2010 ARE Awards, a 2011 VMSD and 2011 AIA Awards. His projects have been featured in design magazines -VSMD, Interiors & Sources, Design:Retail- and USAToday, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Seattle Magazine, the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the Huffington Post.

Kambiz managed BCBG's Global Concept Design team as well, and designed over 50 FILA Sport stores worldwide -published in multiple retail design books & magazines- and was granted worldwide “Merchandise Display System” design patent.

Kambiz has spoken at Global Shop, Retail Facilities Summit, Retail Design Forum, ELLE's Trend School, Retail Spaces 2014 & 2016, and was jury member of the Architizer A+ Awards and the Retail Design Institute’s 43rd International Store Design Competition. He grew up in Switzerland, speaks four languages and is passionate about design, filmmaking, travel and good coffee.

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Tuesday Jan 15
11:00 - 11:30 AM
Innovation Stage, Level 4
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