Vice President – Information Technology
Mr. Karimi is currently the Chief Information Officer at BCBG Max Azria (global leader of women’s contemporary fashion) responsible for world-wide IT operations. With over 15 brands encompassing retail and wholesale network of more than a 1,000 stores and 10,000 employees on 5 continents, BCBG continues to grow and maintain the highest standards in creativity.
He was previously the Vice President of emerging technologies and enterprise services at 20th century Fox filmed entertainment, where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating, and recommending technology solutions to the studio as well as the parent company (NewCorp). This included responsibility for the Fox studies in California, Mexico, Australia, and over 30 world-wide locations. In his role, he managed multiple IT data centers, supported over 2,000 users, created an Information Protection & Security organization, created Project Management Office, developed studio disaster recovery plan, implemented 24×7 world-wide monitoring systems, implemented global connectivity for transfer of films and digital data, and completed over 120 other projects.
Previously he was a Senior Manager at Amgen (Biotech Company) supporting over 70 world-wide locations, 3 international manufacturing sites, and campus of over 40 buildings. He was responsible for IT network and communication support of over 7,000 users world-wide. He had a key role in developing the Y2K plan, design of 20,000 sq. ft. data center, development of IT standards and operating procedures, creation of the IT steering committee, and many others.
Prior to that, Mr. Karimi was a member of technical staff at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL / NASA) responsible for planning and implementation of JPL’s Space Station Technical and Management Information System.
Mr. Karimi is a proud graduate of UCLA computer science department in 1986. During that time, he also led a group of programmers at Teledyne Microelectronics in implementation of the U.S. Navy Integrated Facility for Automated Hybrid Microcircuit Manufacturing project. He also worked as a senior IBM systems programmer managing the computing systems (consisting of IBM mainframes and DEC servers) at the Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the systems and the network environment to support classes.