Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
HELPING TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
Since the launch event in Barcelona in 2007, the World Retail Congress has established itself as a vital and unique meeting place for the global retail industry. Attracting retail leaders from across all sectors and geographies, it has come to represent a barometer for the latest ideas, strategies and innovations that help the industry move forward.
Each year, the Congress has brought together the best speakers who have addressed the pressing issues of the day, stimulated debate and helped the development of ideas that are the lifeblood of this dynamic and constantly evolving industry. Throughout the Congress’ 10 year history, it has attracted over 700 international speakers and 10,500 attendees from 125 countries. 65% of those that attend are senior retailers, with over half of that number at board level.
After a successful move out of Europe for the first time in 2016, World Retail Congress will return to Dubai in 2017. Working in close partnership with global retail leaders, the Congress team build each year’s programme to focus on the topics that matter most to boardrooms around the world. Building on last year’s focus on the consumer, this year’s theme is “Reimagining the customer experience”.
2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Terry J. Lundgren
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Terry Lundgren is Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc., which includes Macy’s and Bloomindale’s, Blue Mercury and one of the largest on-line retail businesses in America. He assumed his current titles...
Paula Schneider is the current Chief Executive Officer and a board member of American Apparel, LLC. Before joining American Apparel in 2014, Ms. Schneider has spent over two decades in senior...
Chief Brand Officer
Laura Xiong is Chief Brand Officer for JD Mall, JD.com’s ecommerce business unit. In this role Ms. Xiong works with international and domestic brands to help them leverage JD.com to tap ...
Senior Vice President of Global Community
Eric Petersen is the Senior Vice President of Community at lululemon. He has been with the company for thirteen years leading community and brand (marketing) efforts before anyone...
JuE Wong is President of the Elizabeth Arden brand. One of the most recognized names in the beauty industry, Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company operating in...
Martha (Marty) S. Wikstrom
Richemont Fashion & Accessories
Martha (Marty) S. Wikstrom is a seasoned brand and retail executive with over 30 years’ experience in global executive roles.
She is a founding partner of Atelier...
Jeffery R. Sears
When you set out with your partners to create something that impacts people’s lives, delivers inspired moments in people’s homes with their family and friends, you are a small part of...
Mr. Kent Wong Siu Kee
Chow Tai Fook
Mr Kent Wong Siu Kee, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, the largest jeweller listed in Hong Kong by market capitalisation, is a veteran with substantial experience...