Ken Herold serves as “Architect of Possibilities” at The Catalyst Center. With the foresight of the future, Ken stays grounded in the reality of business today. With 30 years experience in providing advanced technology leadership to some of the world’s largest organizations, Ken uses a lifecycle approach to visioning technology direction through strategic planning. Just as important, he always provides tactical implementations that work in the real world. Having worked in diverse roles spanning broad industries, Ken helps clients innovate new business possibilities and implement technology to support cultural, business, and industry change. Combining experience in facilitating teams, brainstorming ideas and designing technology and processes with his diverse background in design and creative, architecture, computer science and Artificial Intelligence, Ken keeps clients on the cutting edge.
Historically, Ken served as Chief Knowledge Officer, Senior Vice-President at HOK, one of the world’s largest international architecture and engineering firms with 26 offices and 1,700 employees globally. In this role, he set technology direction using software as a competitive advantage. He worked to define processes and the requirements for capturing and visualizing corporate knowledge and experience. Through strategic relationships that Ken helped foster with significant technology providers, Ken has been instrumental in helping these providers enhance their products. Ken was involved in many of the enterprise efforts around technology and its relationship with sustainability, Biomimicry as a pattern for design and ideation and Blue Ocean efforts to create new businesses. Throughout his tenure, Ken rose through positions of increasing responsibility at HOK, Brown Smith Wallace and International Alliance of Interoperability.
Ken earned his Graduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence from Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree, with a dual in Computer Science from Kansas State University. Additionally, Ken is involved in ideation, serving as a guest lecturer at Saint Louis University’s Entrepreneurial MBA program, leading ideation sessions to refine classroom projects. Also, he served as judge in the I2P (Idea to Product Competition) and a judge to “IdeaBounce”, an idea competition for entrepreneurs sponsored by the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.