Where All Retail & Brand Leaders Meet



As an innovator of integrated, through-the-line marketing communications, Tina Manikas specialises in brand-building and behaviour-driving activation in all its forms, Tina’s 25+ year distinguished career has seen her become a recognised leader in the industry and seasoned presenter on trends and insights at retail and integrated forums.

President, Global Marketing and Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands
Chairman, Mobile Marketing Assocation

At Dunkin’, John has global responsibility for Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins advertising, marketing, consumer engagement, digital, mobile and social marketing, consumer and business intelligence, and oversees research and product development, the culinary team and retail channel development efforts for both brands globally.

Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing
Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center

Barbara Kahn is an internationally recognized scholar and author on brand loyalty, variety seeking, retail assortment issues and patient decision-making whose research provides marketing managers with a better understanding of the consumer choice process. Prior to rejoining Wharton, Barbara served as the Dean and Schein Family Chair Professor of Marketing at the School of Business Administration

Professor of Behavioral Science,
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

George Wu is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author in the areas of negotiation and decision making. Professor Wu studies the psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision making; decision analysis, and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. His teaching utilizes a unique framework to enable managers to make better decisions.

The Americas and Australasia
The Store, WPP’s Global Retail Practice

As CEO, The Americas and Australasia, Gwen is respohnsible for extending WPP’s retail knowledge community and supporting the retail resources for WPP group companies.Gwen’s background spans the disciplines of shopper research, advertising, retail strategy development, co-marketing, and environmental design.

Chief Marketing Officer,
Lowe’s Foods

Michael is a transformational leader with a unique retail, marketing services, and consumer products expertise. A 28 year industry veteran, Michael has established a reputation for successfully leading large and complex businesses. Michael and the Lowes Foods team are leading a complete rebranding effort for Lowes Foods, including in-store experience innovation, product development, new multi-channel advertising, grassroots marketing, guest insights and analytics,

Senior Vice President,
Digital Market Intelligence,
GfK DMI North America

Natasha Stevens is a thought leader and innovator with over 15 years experience in digital research. Her background encompasses building marketing research models that align traditional and digital techniques, Social Media Listening and Media Analytics / Measurement. She has designed methodologies across industry with extensive experience in Consumer Products and Retail.

Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Nathan has been with Deloitte since 2006 and has worked with retail organizations to determine the organizational and talent priorities required to implement their business strategies. Nathan is the Human Capital leader for Deloitte’s Retail & Wholesale Distribution Sector and also leads Deloitte’s National Talent Strategies practice overseeing the development of all Talent Management solutions.

Executive Director,
Thought Leaders Global

Prakash ‘PK’ Menon is one of the most influential leadership authorities with extensive retail experience. He advices corporate leaders and business heads in the retail sector on thought leadership and failure intelligence. As an internationally acclaimed speaker,

New York Times Best-Selling Author

Lerzan Aksoy is professor of marketing at Fordham University Schools of Business in New York City. She is widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the measurement and management of customer satisfaction and loyalty. Professor Aksoy has authored or edited five books. Her most recent book, The Wallet Allocation Rule, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Its approach for winning the battle for share of customers’ hearts,minds, and wallets is grounded in research published in the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review.

The New England Consulting Group

Andres is a Principal of The New England Consulting Group, the premier marketing management consulting firm in the world. Prior to NECG, Andres was the Chief Marketing Officer of Daymon Worldwide, the global leader in consumable retailing. In addition to his tenure at Daymon, Andres has more than 20 years of global

Executive Director,
New York Institute of Management

Panos is an education innovator and a founding partner of the New York Institute of Management, a boutique performance improvement organization based in New York, NY. As Executive Director, he is responsible for extending NYIM’s vision and reach in key growth markets.

General Manager,

Lloyd is an experienced general manager with exceptional track record of driving profitability as a result of effective human resource management. He manages a staff of 300+ and heads store leadership in directing and optimizing all merchandising, operational, and personnel functions to attain market share, service, sales, and profitability.

Global Head,
Retail & Consumer Goods,
World Economic Forum

Ayana serves as Head of Retail, Consumer Goods and Lifestyle Industries at the World Economic Forum, where she is responsible for engaging business, political, academic and civil society leaders on issues of particular importance to retail, consumer goods, fashion / apparel and luxury goods companies. Prior to joining the Forum,

Global Director,
Customer and Market Analytics,
Gap Inc.

Sumit is the Global Director for Customer Insights and Market Analytics at Gap brand in New York City. He is responsible for driving global data-driven marketing insights for the Gap brand and informing overall business and marketing strategy. Prior to joining GAP, Sumit worked in various roles garnering extensive experience with some of the top global brands such as Louis Vuitton, Limited, Coach and Capgemini Consulting.

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