US appointment for Portland Design

London-based Portland Design has appointed Sarah Wicker Kimes as director of its American operation. Based in Chicago, she will be responsible for building the consultancy’s operation in the Americas region.

Kimes was previously Dallas office director and vice president of brand strategy at CallisonRTKL, where she led a team that specialised in trend forecasting, human-centred design, consumer insights, and the creation of branded environments.

“Developers and brands are increasingly challenged to find new ways to connect with the evolving consumer,”says Kimes. “I’m excited to extend the insight-driven, global design expertise of Portland Design to this region.”

Portland Design managing director Ibrahim Ibrahim says, “This has been a long-term plan to expand our presence in North America and I am delighted that Sarah will be spearheading this. As an experienced brand strategist she understands today’s challenging consumer environment and the importance of delivering human-centred and future-proofed design solutions.”

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