NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The World Retail Congress (www.worldretailcongress.com), the industry’s largest gathering of global retail executives, today announced a U.S. Advisory Board and a preview of prominent speakers to be featured at its upcoming Conference being held September 8-10, 2015 in Rome, Italy. The World Retail Congress also announced that Kip Tindell, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Container Store and Chairman of the NRF, will be inducted into the Retail Hall of Fame.
The World Retail Congress’ U.S. Advisory Board is comprised of a diverse group derived from some of the nation’s leading retailers, university business programs and financial firms. Members include Jerry Storch, Kip Tindell, Steve Sadove, Paul Charron, Rick Darling, Matt Rubel, Gilbert Harrison, Ken Seiff, Andrea Weiss, Linda Shein and Deborah Weinswig – all of whom will help shape the tone and direction of the global Conferences.
With the theme, “Retail transformation today, tomorrow and beyond,” the 2015 World Retail Congress will examine today’s challenges, highlight some of the strategic solutions, and identify trends that will drive the future of retail. Key speakers include Jonathan Alferness, Global VP of Shopping Products, Google; Hayley Barna, Co-Founder, Birchbox; Jingming Li, General Manager, Alipay U.S., Ant Financial Services Group; Stephen Zoll, Vice President, eBay Germany; Olaf Koch, CEO, Metro Group; Kip Tindell, Founder, Chairman and CEO, The Container Store and NRF Chairman.
“The Congress places global retail transformation at the very heart of all content, which will be reflected strongly in our conference program this year,” said Ian McGarrigle, Chairman of The World Retail Congress. “As the meeting place for senior retail leaders from across the world and all retail sectors, our 2015 conference will include emerging, innovative and disruptive retail businesses from more than 60 countries.
Kip Tindell To Enter World Retail Congress Retail Hall of Fame
Joining a prominent list of influential retail leaders, Mr. Tindell will be inducted into the World Retail Congress Retail Hall of Fame. Past honorees have included Burt Tansky, Jack Ma, Marvin Traub, Michael Gould, Isidoro Alvarez, Tadashi Yanai, Gordon Segal, Victor and William Fung, Mickey Drexler, and Sir Phillip Green, to name a few.
World Retail Congress Announces 2016 Conference in Dubai
The World Retail Congress has also announced plans for a 2016 conference to take place in Dubai, on April 10th to 12th. For more information, please contact Ian McGarrigle at Ian.McGarrigle@i2ieventsgroup.com
About the U.S. Advisory Board
The U.S. Advisory Board of The World Retail Congress was established in 2015 to help support the development of WRC’s event program, speakers, and American retail leadership audience. Board members are among most influential leaders, experts, investors and advisors in U.S. retail today including Paul Charron, Chairman of the Board, Campbell Soup Company and Chairman of the US Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy; Rick Darling, Executive Director, Government and Public Affairs, Li & Fung Ltd; Gilbert Harrison, Chairman, Financo; Matt Rubel, Senior Advisor, Roark Capital Group; Ken Seiff, Managing Partner, Beanstalk Ventures; Linda Shein, Managing Director, Wharton’s Baker Retailing Center; Steve Sadove, Principle, Stephen Sadove & Associates; Jerry Storch, CEO, Hudson’s Bay Company; Kip Tindell, CEO, The Container Store and Chairman, National Retail Federation (NRF); Deborah Weinswig, Head of Global Research & Intelligence, Li & Fung/FBIC Global; and Andrea Weiss, Founder, The O Alliance.
About The World Retail Congress
The World Retail Congress was founded in 2007 in response to retailers seeking a platform for senior leaders to come together to discuss the major issues and trends affecting the industry. In delivering this agenda, the Congress has welcomed hundreds of senior retail speakers, from some of the world’s biggest to the newest businesses as well as leading industry stakeholders from global economics, politics, finance and NGOs. Further details are available at www.worldretailcongress.com.