August, 2019 -- Kevin Roche has joined Woods Bagot as the Global | North America Retail Sector Leader. Based out of the Los Angeles studio, Roche will amplify and elevate Woods Bagot’s presence in this market.
“We are delighted that Kevin is bringing his deep experience and expertise to Woods Bagot,” said Vince Pirrello, Woods Bagot’s Regional Executive Chair for North America. “His proven track record of launching thriving retail experiences throughout the world, his deep understanding of the integration of design, branding, and marketing, and his belief in the values of “People Architecture” will be key drivers for the continued growth of Woods Bagot’s retail work.”
Roche has 40 years of experience leading the strategic integration of architecture, planning, merchandising, marketing and branding, in the retail, entertainment and hospitality industries.
He spent the last ten years in Paris and Hong Kong leading a team that transformed LVMH Group’s Duty Free Stores (DFS) and downtown T Gallerias into profitable and upscale shopping destinations. Previously, as CEO of Fitch Worldwide, a design and marketing communications company, he presided over 18 global offices.
Roche’s career milestone projects include LVMH’s Le Bon Marché and La Grande Epicerie in Paris; Selfridges Group de Bijenkorf’s Department Stores throughout the Netherlands; the Rotterdam City Center, and the Meadowood Resort and the Wine Reserve in Napa Valley.
An engaging and seasoned public speaker, Kevin has given talks at the University of Cincinnati, the World Retail Congress, the International Association of Department Stores Conference and L’Oréal’s Beauty Conference. He will address the Columbia Business School Annual Retail Forum in New York on August 7th.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning which honored him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is also a member of the school’s Alumni Master Forum.
About Woods Bagot
Woods Bagot Global Studio continually expands and challenges the expectations of multi-disciplinary architectural practice in a fast-moving digital era. Its portfolio is worldwide in scope, diverse in scale and discipline, and encompasses some of the highest-profile projects currently underway in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
The firm’s work is defined by its clarity of narrative and by the extensive use of state-of-the-art analytics as a platform for design. Its 16 studios, located in major cities around the globe, consistently inspire the firm's work with a rigorous vocabulary that references urban and regional context, ecological and social sustainability, and innovation. Above all, Woods Bagot prioritizes human experience and delivers engaging, future-oriented projects for its clients.