The speaker panel of retail leaders at World Retail Congress 2012 included:
Appointed in May 2010. Marc began his career at Heineken NV in The Netherlands in 1987, occupying several Marketing and Sales management roles. In 1995 he was appointed Managing Director for Heineken in Slovakia, becoming Managing Director for Heineken Export Worldwide in 1999. Marc was then appointed to the Board of Heineken NV in 2001 with responsibility for Western Europe, US, Latin America, Northern Africa and Global Marketing. In 2005 he became Chief Operating Officer. He joined Morrisons in September 2006 as Chief Executive Officer. Marc is currently non-executive Director of Manpower Inc US, and has previously held non-executive Director roles at Hotel de I'Europe, The Netherlands (2003-2006), Quilmes, Argentina (2001-2003).
Dave Cheesewright is the President and Chief Executive Officer
for Walmart EMEA. He leads Walmart's retail operations and
oversees business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa
Dave's career spans more than 20 years across the international retail and manufacturing sectors. Prior to his current role, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart's Canadian operation, and previously Chief Operating Officer of ASDA, Walmart's operation in the United Kingdom. He joined ASDA in 1999, holding senior positions over a nine-year period.
Before his careers with ASDA and Walmart, Dave held a range of leadership positions in the United Kingdom with Mars Confectionery, the world's leading confectionary company
Philip Clarke was appointed to the Board on 16 November 1998. Prior to his appointment as CEO in March 2011 he was Asia, Europe & IT Director. Philip began his career with Tesco in store during 1974 and continued to work part-time through school and university. After graduating with a degree in Economic History, he joined the Tesco Management Training Programme and then spent nine years in store management before holding a number of roles in commercial and marketing. In 1994 he was appointed Stores Director and a year later promoted to Regional Managing Director, before joining the Tesco PLC Board as Supply Chain Director and a year later adding Information Technology to his responsibilities.
Rick Darling is the President of Li & Fung USA, and an Executive Director of Li & Fung Trading Limited, the world's leading consumer goods sourcing company managing the supply chain for retailers and brands worldwide. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and with more than $6.0 billion in shipping, Li & Fung maintains an unrivaled sourcing network servicing its customers globally, with over 65 offices in 38 countries.
Andrew Jennings began his retail career in London with Debenhams and has held senior positions at premium department and specialty stores such as Stuttafords and Greatermans in South Africa, Harrods Ltd - London, House of Fraser in the UK, Brown Thomas - Southern Ireland, Holt Renfrew - Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue - New York and most recently Group Managing Director of Woolworths (Pty) Limited in Cape Town - South Africa. Andrew joined Woolworths in December 2006. As Group Managing Director, he is responsible for the day to day business including buying, selling, marketing, store design and franchise operations.
Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership's fifth Chairman in
March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business
Development, responsible for business strategy and development for
both John Lewis and Waitrose. Charlie joined the Board as
Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the
Partnership's online strategy. He became Managing Director of John
Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as
Chairman of the Partnership in March 2007.
Charlie began his career as an officer in the army. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1992 and became Marketing Manager for the Lucozade brand, before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1996, where he worked with consumer and retail organisations.
Charlie is a Government appointed Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and chairs Business in the Community's Business Action on Economic Renewal Leadership Team. In June 2011 he became President of the Employee Ownership Association.
Nick started his career in 1987 with the advertising agency Young and Rubicam and in 1991 moved to Carat, the UK's largest media planning and buying agency. In 1995 he co-founded Entertainment Marketing, a small marketing services business and in 2000 he co- founded ASOS.com, a pure play online fashion and beauty retailer.
The World Retail Congress annually attracts over 120 C-level expert retail speakers. The 2013 congress will be bigger than ever before. The full 2013 programme will be announced shortly. For the preview programme, to suggest speakers and advise on core topics, please contact Lucy Van Den Heede (Head of Content) at firstname.lastname@example.org.