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EVENTS - Omnichannel Futures Conference 2019

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Watchshop & The Watch Hut

Watchshop & The Watch Hut

Martin Francis
Interim Managing Director

Martin Francis is currently the Interim MD at Watchshop & Th...
Martin Francis is currently the Interim MD at Watchshop & The Watch Hut (Watches of Switzerland Group). Here he has initiated a turn-around strategy impacting people, technology and marketing, following market disruption by Amazon, conducted full end to end business review and reduced cost base improving EBITDA. he has also re-platformed website from legacy platform within 3 months & redesigned the customer journey to improve conversion. Prior to this he was the Chief Customer Officer at Woolovers for two years and prior to that Martin was the Director of Global Multichannel Trading for House of Fraser.
Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

Julian Highley
Head of Insight Delivery

Julian Highley has been Head of Insight Delivery at Marks & ...
Julian Highley has been Head of Insight Delivery at Marks & Spencer since March 2018. He is an experienced insight and advanced analytics expert bringing numerous new products to market addressing unmet client needs. He has extensive experience in the full product cycle: concept development, commercial validation, securing funding & business case development, pricing and commercial models, development, marketing and launch and managing products. Julian has also managed a global multi-million pound analytic product. Prior to M&S, he was Global Director of Customer Knowledge at Dunnhunby for 4 years.
feelunique

feelunique

Jennifer Roebuck
CMO

Jennifer Roebuck has 22 years of marketing, eCommerce and di...
Jennifer Roebuck has 22 years of marketing, eCommerce and digital experience. Her industry knowledge includes fashion, beauty, telecommunications, consumer finance, mobile technology and fast casual hospitality. Currently, CMO with feelunique, she has prior experience in early to late-stage startups.
L'Oreal

L'Oreal

Jose Manrique
Omnichannel Supply Chain Innovation Director

Speaker profile coming soon...
Speaker profile coming soon...
Wilko

Wilko

Lalit Suryawanshi
Enterprise Architect

Lalit Suryawanshi is an Enterprise Architect at Wilko, with ...
Lalit Suryawanshi is an Enterprise Architect at Wilko, with significant experience in working on digital transformation and large information technology projects, particularly with leading business model and operating model generation. Lalit has a proven track record of architecting and designing IT systems that deliver transformational change and exceptional results. A technology and business strategy thought leader, he has experience of working in the retail, logistics, airlines and consultancy sectors. Lalit has worked in companies like Asda, Walmart, Hermes, Howdens Joinery, QVC and Air Canada.
Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Hilary Large
Sales & Marketing Director

Hilary Large works as a part-time Marketing Director with gr...
Hilary Large works as a part-time Marketing Director with growing and ambitious businesses, providing them with all the skills and experience for the business to achieve outstanding results. She provides strategic support to businesses who do not have, cannot afford or do not feel the need for a full time senior level marketing director.
Sunuva

Sunuva

Bunty Stokes
Managing Director

Bunty Stokes has over 30 years in the retail industry includ...
Bunty Stokes has over 30 years in the retail industry including 17 years online experience, focused specifically on commercial and strategic trading within the premium and luxury sectors of the Fashion, Beauty and lifestyle sectors. She has experience in the development, adaptation and integration of commercial and trading strategy both on and off line as well as defining vision, value, goals and strategy for start up and launch businesses. Bunty has strong leadership skills from building, and creating productive teams through to nurturing, training and restructuring for growth.
Ruroc

Ruroc

Gracia Amico
Non-Executive Director

Gracia Amico has nearly two decades of eCommerce and digital...
Gracia Amico has nearly two decades of eCommerce and digital experience up to C-suite level, her knowledge was gained working for global multi-channel retailers and entrepreneurial pure players. She was part of the first wave of eCommerce start-ups back in 2000, securing venture capital investment for her own dotcom company. Since then she has been on the Board of Hobbs as eCommerce Director, headed up Topman’s eCommerce department and set up the online marketing strategy at Burberry, she most recently held the position of CEO at PetsPyjamas. Gracia is currently holding a Non-Executive Director role for multi-million pound online retailer, Ruroc and is also a board advisor for BounceX and for Stitched.. Amongst collecting a multitude of industry awards, she was in 2015 and 2016 recognised as one of the top 50 most powerful people in online retail with her entry in the top 50 Retail Week Power List.
Smith & Sinclair

Smith & Sinclair

Melanie Goldsmith
Managing Director

Melanie Goldsmith is the Co-Founder of Smith & Sinclair, a b...
Melanie Goldsmith is the Co-Founder of Smith & Sinclair, a business focused on the mission to make ‘adulting’ more fun. The company innovates in the alcohol sector launching new products ranging from Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies to Cocktail FIZZ. The company has grown from a market stall to manufacturing and selling over a million alcoholic cocktail gummies last year.
Presto Classical

Presto Classical

Chris O'Reilly
CEO

Chris O'Reilly has been CEO of Presto Classical for 17 years...
Chris O'Reilly has been CEO of Presto Classical for 17 years.
Velcro

Velcro

Sayed Gafar
Director Digital and eCommerce

In his current role, Sayed Gafar is responsible for the deve...
In his current role, Sayed Gafar is responsible for the development of the digital strategy for the consumer business unit of Velcro Companies, in order to connect with customers to the brand across all regions and markets. Sayed has over 20 years of international experience garnered from working in various geographies and functions ranging from information technology, customer services, supply chain & logistics, marketing, and eCommerce. He has a passion for using technology in solving business challenges and improving the customer experience. He has worked with and consulted various multi-national and local businesses including Mothercare, DHL Express, Toyota, Ford Motor Company, HSBC, Arcapita Finance House, General Motors, the Dubai Customs Authority to name a few.
National Lighting

National Lighting

Anouk de Lange
eCommerce & Marketing Director

Having worn many hats in her +10 years career, Anouk de Lang...
Having worn many hats in her +10 years career, Anouk de Lange has had the pleasure to work for agencies, networks, brands and publishers alike. As a result, she takes on the challenges retail brands face from a multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual and cross-cultural perspective. As a seasoned programmatic marketer and sales strategist, her passion is to invent new, more powerful and profitable ways to turn customer and market insights into revenue.
Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK

Keng Ng
Digital eCommerce Director

Keng Zhing Ng is the Digital eCommerce Director at Mars, whe...
Keng Zhing Ng is the Digital eCommerce Director at Mars, where he is responsible for building the next generation of digital shopping experience. Development of eCommerce and digital is his passion and he is excited about growing the Mars business, deploying digital strategy, meeting new customers and step changing the use of A+ digital content. Keng is an online execution specialist with in depth understanding of activation mechanics on Amazon and eBay. Prior to MARS, Keng led leadership positions in and has have consulted whilst at EY for clients including GSK, Diageo, Kraft/Cadbury, Kellogg's, Britvic, Coca cola enterprises, Sony Electronics, Sony Mobile, Sony Playstation, Samsung Europe, Dell, and GTech.

Mountain Warehouse

Ed Whatmore
Head of eCommerce

Ed Whatmore is the Head of eCommerce for Mountain Warehouse....
Ed Whatmore is the Head of eCommerce for Mountain Warehouse. Having joined the company in 2012, he has overseen the rapid growth of the online business in the UK alongside digital expansion into North America, Europe and beyond. He is responsible for the full online marketing mix and Ecommerce function with a keen interest in data driven strategy, user experience and CRM.
Find Me A Gift Ltd

Find Me A Gift Ltd

Tim Stevens
Operations and Logistcs Manager

Tim Stevens is Operations and Logistics Manager with Findmea...
Tim Stevens is Operations and Logistics Manager with Findmeagift.com and has been involved in logistics all his life! After working with his father for a few years, he took an agency job with Electrolux, where he started off as a driver and 20 years later was the Logistics Quality Manager not only for the UK but Ireland and Denmark too. Tim wanted to progress and take his career to the next level, so departed for a new challenge with Gerflor as their Logistics manager. He was promoted to Logistics and Operations Manager within two years and really enjoyed his time there. After five years, a new challenge was calling and that’s when he found Find Me A Gift.
Lindex

Lindex

Johan Isacson
Director of Franchise

Johan Isacson has worked with many different assignments wit...
Johan Isacson has worked with many different assignments within the company since he joined Lindex in 2001. He played a key role in developing an Intranet platform and a structure for the Groups’ communication department. Furthermore, he has been Head Security Manager, Senior Office Manager for Sweden and was also responsible for the Integration between Lindex and their owner, The Stockmann Group in Finland. For the last 7 years Johan has responsibility for the Lindex franchise operations worldwide, a task which has been extremely successfu - Lindex today has franchise stores in 8 countries, from Iceland in the north to Saudi Arabia in the south. Johan is a member of NCSC & ICSC (Nordic & International Council of Shopping Centres).
Odeon Cinemas Group

Odeon Cinemas Group

Dr Geraint Evans
former Head of Digital

Dr Geraint Evans is an award-winning international marketing...
Dr Geraint Evans is an award-winning international marketing professional, board advisor and academic researcher. He has held a variety of global marketing leadership roles and delivered work for brands such as Odeon Cinemas Group, Virgin Media, Tesco, Boots and Whitbread. Geraint’s focus areas for writing and speaking are emerging trends in customer behaviour, all things digital, brand marketing and product innovation
Sodexo

Sodexo

Trevor Gordon
Senior Director - Global Omnichannel Retail

Trevor Gordon is currently Global Director of Omni-Channel R...
Trevor Gordon is currently Global Director of Omni-Channel Retail at Sodexo (Sodexo is a Global Services company that operates in 80 countries and serves over 100 million customers a day). He has extensive experience of successfully building and leading teams for Global Brands on both client and agency side. Specialising in the Transformation and Digitalisation of consumer facing businesses in a broad range of sectors including retail, telco, entertainment, and financial services. This through a combination of focused common sense, getting stuff done and making a profitable difference through developing innovative customer & product propositions in the Digital age resulting in business growth and streamlined processes to improve margins. Recent focus has been delivering Digital Transformation & Omni-channel B2C/B2B2C/B2B change from the customer point of view to help keep them loyal to client brands through customer insight.
Buster + Punch

Buster + Punch

Martin Preen
CEO

Martin Preen is the CEO of Buster + Punch. In his early ca...
Martin Preen is the CEO of Buster + Punch. In his early career, he trained as a Chartered Accountant but soon discovered that creativity and innovation were his passions. Across a diverse career, from investment banking, business intelligence and eCommerce software development, manufacturing, product development through to consulting on digital banking in Africa, Martin is now leading the epic growth of the omnichannel Buster+Punch brand.
Hammerson

Hammerson

Kathryn Malloch
Head of Customer Experience

Kathryn Malloch is Head of Customer Experience at Hammerson....
Kathryn Malloch is Head of Customer Experience at Hammerson. She is responsible for shaping the experience within Hammerson’s shopping centres and retail parks to help create destinations that excite shoppers, attract retailers, reward investors and serve communities. During her time at Hammerson she has led a number of innovative projects, including the launch of 'Style Seeker' which uses AI visual search technology to help shoppers find products easily. Kathryn previously worked for Home Retail Group for 12 years and during her time there she successfully delivered a number of large scale multi-channel transformation projects, including the implementation of click & collect for Homebase.com. Kathryn’s experience and background gives her an excellent understanding of emerging technologies and trends in both the retail & property sector.
Unruly

Unruly

Elena Cochero
Futurist

For Elena Corchero, a fascination with technology has become...
For Elena Corchero, a fascination with technology has become a passion for helping
people make sense of the products, trends and technologies that will shape the way
we'll live in the future. With a background in product development and wearable tech, Elena has carved out a high profile career as a tech consultant working with the BBC, Diageo, Unilever, Audi, and the London Olympics. She has been featured in Vogue , Forbes and MIT Technology Review, and wowed audiences at TED and Oxford University.
Inspired by Unruly’s co-founder Sarah Wood, Elena joined the Unruly family in early
2018 as a resident Futurist. As a believer in the power of brands and advertising to
make the world a better place, Elena educates brands and publishers about the future
of ambient technology in the Home, and how it will affect the way they connect with
audiences.
BBC

BBC

Sam Hill
Head of Software Engineering

Sam Hill has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of s...
Sam Hill has over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of software creation and is currently the Head of Software Engineering at the BBC, where his role is to primarily empower others to succeed in theirs. He leads a team of over 300 people that are creating the BBC of the future ready for the next generation of broadcast. The team spans five core areas of the BBC - Editorial Services (News/Sport), Content Distribution, Media Services (iPlayer/Radio), Audience (accounts) and Archive - which together enables the entire cycle of the BBC’s output that reaches 92% of the UK Adult population each week, streams nearly 300 million programmes every month via iPlayer; allows 35 million people to login to a personalised experience, whilst preserving all of the BBC's output for future generations in the world’s largest Digital Archive of broadcast content. Before joining the BBC, Sam spent 9 years in retail at Tesco as Head of Solution Architecture and then Marks and Spencer, as Head of Platform Technologies.
Cognizant UKI

Cognizant UKI

Andrew Warren
VP and Head of Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel & Hospitality

In this role, Andrew Warren drives the Cognizant UKI RCGTH g...
In this role, Andrew Warren drives the Cognizant UKI RCGTH growth mandate along with new business development. Ambitious, tenacious and sales-focused CEO with 20 years’ experience in both corporate and private equity-backed businesses, Andrew’s expertise is in general management, strategy, business planning, sales and marketing, deal creation, client and account management and leadership. He has held various senior leadership positions in the past at board level, driving growth for leading businesses. Andrew also has the rare distinction of being the youngest Fusilier Officer to attend the Staff and Command Course for 25 years.
Peak AI

Peak AI

Richard Ferrar
Head of Marketing

Richard Ferrar is the Head of Marketing at Peak, the AI serv...
Richard Ferrar is the Head of Marketing at Peak, the AI service designed to help businesses grow using data. They provide customers with the technology and skills needed to become data and AI-driven. The service is powered by their Artificial Intelligence System (AIS), which offers rapid results and becomes a system of intelligence.
imageHOLDERS

imageHOLDERS

Adrian Thompson
CEO and Founder

Adrian Thompson is the CEO and founder of imageHOLDERS. Adri...
Adrian Thompson is the CEO and founder of imageHOLDERS. Adrian began his journey 20 years ago, designing and developing gift and home products. In 2003 he established imageHOLDERS to develop solutions to support digital branding in the form of print and the rising AV market. Following trials of ‘slim kiosks’, and the release of the iPad, imageHOLDERS established themselves as one of the first to develop tablet enclosure kiosks. Working to provide solutions for self-service payment terminals to entertainment and leisure, Adrian’s objective is to allow businesses to easily utilise technology to increase customer experience and engagement. By integrating devices, Adrian and his team create multi-device solutions that are cost-effective, efficient and future-proof.

Barclaycard

Ben Stagg
Head of Client Management

Ben Stagg is responsible for a team of client managers at Ba...
Ben Stagg is responsible for a team of client managers at Barclaycard, who focus on managing the relationships of 200 national brands. His team provide strategic advice on how clients can best manage their payment requirements. Throughout his career he has held a number of Client and Account Manager roles, working with some of the most recognisable brands in the UK, including Orange, Hilton, Post Office, IHG, Audi and RBS. Over the past 10 years he has worked across a number of payment channels within Barclaycard, and brings this knowledge and expertise to help support some of our most recognised brands.
Certona

Certona

Elias Moubayed
General Manager EMEA

As General Manager EMEA at Certona, Elias Moubayed looks aft...
As General Manager EMEA at Certona, Elias Moubayed looks after their European expansion and partnership development for the leader in true omnichannel personalisation. Certona is the market leading personalisation and revenue optimisation provider for omnichannel retailers. Their Resonance platform intelligently and automatically enables true one to one personalised interactions with consumers, as they engage through any of our clients digital touch points/channels including: websites; email; mobile sites;, in-store; and contact centres. Elias is a highly experienced senior manager and is experienced in preparing a market entry strategy, European product marketing requirements, identifying and approaching strategic partners.
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