Kyle Nel is the founder and executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the disruptive innovation hub of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He leads a team responsible for driving the company’s disruptive innovation vision, strategy, and growth. Nel’s longstanding passion for changing human behavior led him to create a methodology, network, and global team that is helping propel the company in new directions while promoting learning, excitement, and possibility for tomorrow.
Under Nel’s leadership, Lowe’s Innovation Labs has introduced projects such as the Lowe’s Holoroom augmented and virtual reality design experience, the OSHbot and LoweBot autonomous retail service robots, and 3D scanning and printing services at retail. He has cultivated a network of uncommon partnerships, including the collaboration with Made in Space to send the first commercial 3D printer to the International Space Station, and launched a disruptive technology startup accelerator and incubator for Lowe’s in Bangalore, India.
Nel is a member of the XPRIZE Foundation Innovation Board and was recognized on the 2015 Advertising Age “40 under 40” list. He previously held positions in market research with Lowe’s and the Walmart Global Insights Group. He holds an MBA from the AC Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University-Idaho.