By Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing , February 13, 2014
The annual conference will take place April 10-11.
The University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced its 2014 Global Retailing Conference lineup of presenters, which includes UA alumnus Lundgren, CEO of Macy's, and Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
With a theme of "Ignite the Customer Experience," the conference presentations will focus on how retailers engage customers in their brands and enhance the shopping experience through innovation, technology and techniques for meeting evolving consumer preferences.
The conference will be held April 10-11 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive, in Tucson. The annual event serves as a forum and think tank for emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia.
"The University of Arizona has become one of the top schools to recruit emerging management talent in the field of retail," said Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. "Our ability to attract the industry's leading innovators to Tucson speaks volumes to our corporate partnerships and the UA's collective expertise in retail, consumer sciences and data analytics."
This year's conference speakers include:
Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy's
Bobbi Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Ken Langone, Founder and CEO of Invemed Associates and Co-Founder of The Home Depot
Walter Robb, Co-CEO of Whole Foods
Jeanne Jackson, President of Product and Merchandising for NIKE
Brian David Johnson, Futurist for Intel Corp.
Harvey Kanter, President and CEO of Blue Nile
Michael P. Kercheval, President and CEO of the International Council of Shopping Centers
Blake Irving, CEO and Board Director for GoDaddy
Tom Litchford, Vice President for Retail Strategies for the National Retail Federation
Richard McDonald, Senior Vice President for Global Marketing for Fender Musical Instruments
Nadia Shouraboura, Founder and CEO of Hointer
Roman Tsunder, CEO of PTTOW!
Ashlee Aldridge, SVP, CIO and Chief Integration Officer for Golfsmith International
Kevin McKenzie, Global Chief Digital Officer for Westfield Group
Rob Garf, Vice President for Industry Strategy for Demandware
Greg Girard, Program Director for Merchandise Strategies for IDC Retail Insights
"For 18 years, the University of Arizona's Global Retailing Conference has been a forum to discuss new and dynamic directions of an industry that leads consumer trends," said Lundgren, who will deliver opening remarks at the conference. "The pace of change has never been as rapid as it is today. Leading retailers and brand marketers are looking differently at how they attract and retain customers, and how they develop the talent needed for the future.
"This year's conference will examine how the shopping experience is evolving, as told by some of the industry's most visionary thinkers. And, significantly, this will be a forum that includes interaction with high-potential retailing students and faculty who have already begun to frame the insights that will carry our companies forward."
The Global Retailing Conference is presented through the support of sponsors that include Macy's, SAP Retail, Airwatch, AT&T, Demandware, Supima Cotton, 360pi, MasterCard, Walgreens, Predictix, Kenneth Mink, Avnet, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hudson River Group, Intel, JC Penney, Yahoo!, The Home Depot, PetSmart, RetailNext, Threadstone, Atmosol, Reflexis, Acento and Defero.