Kevin Roche has joined Woods Bagot as the Global Retail Sector Leader.
Based out of the Los Angeles studio, Roche will amplify and elevate Woods Bagot’s presence in this market.
As a Global Retail Sector Leader of Woods Bagot, Roche also leads Woods Bagot retail sector in Asia and other regions.
“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,” he continued.
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.
Roche also leading a number of key retail projects in Asia including during this appointment in DFS Group, selected projects including:
• DFS, Changi Airport, Singapore
• T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams, Macau
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 addresses the Columbia Business School Annual Retail Forum in New York on August 7th.
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Roche 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.