Captain Richard Phillips and Author and Communication Expert Mark Jeffries to Keynote JDA FOCUS 2014

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Captain Richard Phillips and Author and Communication Expert Mark Jeffries to Keynote JDA FOCUS 2014

Annual event to showcase proven solutions and leading practices in supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel commerce


Scottsdale, Ariz. – April 15, 2014 – JDA®Software Group, Inc.

, today announced that Captain Richard Phillips, former captain of the Maersk Alabama and inspiration for the Academy Award-nominated film “Captain Phillips,” and Mark Jeffries, author, trusted advisor and communication consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations, will  keynote JDA FOCUS 2014, April 27-30 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Jeffries will also moderate and host general sessions.


FOCUS 2014 will feature an outstanding lineup of keynote speakers, super sessions, Special Interest Group meetings, product roadmap sessions and content-rich breakouts led by customers, alliance companies and JDA experts. Attendees can network with industry peers, JDA solution experts, supply chain thought leaders and technology partners to gain insights on common challenges. Additionally, attendees can learn how JDA’s best-in-class supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel commerce solutions and services are being used at some of the world’s leading companies.


“It is JDA’s privilege to have Captain Richard Phillips and Mark Jeffries join us at this year’s FOCUS event,” said Kevin Iaquinto, chief marketing officer, JDA Software. “This year’s theme – Outperform! – signifies what we strive to do for our customers, and our keynote speakers have certainly personified this attitude and approach in everything they have done over their impressive careers.

Captain Richard Phillips

Author of A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Phillips caught the world's attention when he was captured by Somali pirates in 2009. His planning, forward thinking and heroism saved him, his crew and his ship. The events surrounding his ship's capture and rescue by US Navy SEALs were made into an Academy Award-nominated movie with actor Tom Hanks portraying Phillips.


Phillips will share his experience as a “floating CEO” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and the crew he managed. He will share lessons from his day-to-day experiences, as well as his dramatic capture and release that can help organizations survive and thrive, even when hope and support seem to be in very short supply. He will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, belief in the power and potential of a team.

Mark Jeffries

Former Merrill Lynch stockbroker turned author and communication expert, Mark Jeffries has become a trusted adviser and consultant to some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. He speaks at and moderates conferences, summits, sales meetings, user forums and conventions all over the world. Dividing his time between The United States, Canada and Europe, his ideas, inspiration and guidance are sought across virtually all industries.


Jeffries will present FOCUS attendees with a “toolbox” of instantly usable techniques, ideas and methods designed to deliver a smart, proven, communication-based approach to the challenges and opportunities they face every day.


Visit to learn more about his latest publications “Creating the Perfect Event” and “The Art of Business Seduction,” as well as his first virtual training course “The Art of Business Influence – selling without selling.”

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To learn more about FOCUS 2014 and to register for the conference, please visit

Tweet this: Capt. Richard Phillips of Maersk Alabama & @markjeffries1 to keynote @JDASoftware #FOCUS14 at MGM Grand April 27-30.

About JDA Software Group, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading provider of supply chain, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category management solutions. JDA’s innovative solutions and unmatched industry expertise help companies streamline their supply chain, optimize inventory, labor and customer service levels, and deliver increased profits. As a result, JDA’s solutions have become the industry standard for more than 4,000 of the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and distributors. To learn more, visit or email

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