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Silicon Valley's Mad Man of Brand

Silicon Valley's Mad Man of Brand

Damien Foord is an expert and innovator in the development, strategy, and execution of brand. His skills and experience include brand and marketing strategy, public relations, and communications as well as team-building, leadership and venture development.

He has been designing in Silicon Valley since before he could drive, with clients like Deutsche Bank, GM, and Nike by the time he could vote. He served six years in the United States Air Force, including two combat tours in Iraq, garnering multiple awards including the Army Commendation Medal, Airman of the Year, and the John L. Levitow award for excellence as a leader and a scholar.

Blending these disparate disciplines, he developed a proprietary brand development methodology by synthesizing military intelligence collection techniques and creative strategy. He has used this methodology to direct the design of offices for LinkedIn, experiences for Adobe, and merchandise for Tesla, as well as brand hundreds of companies and projects in collaboration with the UN, Andreessen-Horowitz, IDEO, and Singularity University.

Damien continues to consult and advise in business strategy and brand development and has spoken on creative entrepreneurship and the future of business for Oracle, San Jose State University, General Assembly, and the Art Institute of California. He is the Chairman of the Prismonde Group, a professional collective of consultants, a founding co-producer of the Culture Summit, the definitive conference on company culture, a board-member and committee chair of Fostering Futures LA, a nonprofit empowering foster youth, and serves as an advisor in a number of other companies.

When he’s not working, he can be found out in the wilderness, camping and climbing big rocks in his spare time.

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“Damien was a wonderful colleague at Singularity University. [...] He is the sort of executive leader who thrives in rapidly changing, high uncertainty environments [...]” [Read Full]
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Paul Saffo
Core Faculty, Singularity University