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Neiman Marcus veteran joins CallisonRTKL


Design and architecture giant CallisonRTKL named a global leadership team in retail design that includes the appointment of retail veteran Ignaz Gorischek as VP. He is with the firm’s retail practice group, in the Dallas office.

Gorischek joins CallisonRTKL from Neiman Marcus, where he was VP of store development, responsible for visual planning, store planning and new business growth. Gorischek spent more than 20 years with the luxury retailer, during which time he opened new Neiman Marcus stores around the country, including the locations in Coral Gables, Florida, San Antonio, Texas and Natick, Massachusetts.

“CallisonRTKL has long been a trailblazer in retail design, and I am excited to join such a well-respected and innovative firm,” said Gorischek. “I look forward to collaborating across the company, especially at a time of vast change within the industry.”

In other appointments, CallisonRTKL appointed Leigh Dennis as senior VP, with responsibility for leading the retail practice group for the United Kingdom and Europe. Based in London, Dennis joins the firm from Samsung where he was global VP brand experience. Prior to Samsung, Dennis was CallisonRTKL’s managing principal in London and New York.

Also, Doug Shaw., CallisonRTKL director, was named to lead the retail practice group for the Middle East. Shaw oversaw design in the CallisonRTKL Beijing office for five years before his recent appointment to Dubai. This is a return to the city for Shaw, who worked out the CallisonRTKL office in Dubai from 2009 to 2010.

Finally, Shirley Cheng, CallisonRTKL VP, has relocated to Hong Kong to direct the group’s expanding footprint in Asia. She was previously in the CallisonRTKL Beijing office.

“Today’s retail landscape is not only more complex than ever before, but it’s also changing rapidly,” said Eric Lagerberg AIA, CallisonRTKL’s executive VP and global practice group leader for retail stores. “It’s digital, it’s experiential and it’s global. With these strategic moves, we now have the experience and creativity to meet the new demands of the market … anywhere in the world.”

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