16 MAY 2017 | THE PRINCIPAL | MANCHESTER
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Catalyst 2017 Speakers

More 2017 Speakers To Be Announced Soon!

David Spitz

CEO, ChannelAdvisor

David Spitz, ChannelAdvisor’s CEO, is responsible for leading the company in its mission to provide retailers and branded manufacturers with the software and services needed to successfully sell their products via online sales channels. Before joining ChannelAdvisor, Spitz founded and successfully exited multiple venture-backed software companies.

David received a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. David has been awarded three U.S. patents, is past chairman of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation Board and is a member of the executive committee and board of directors for the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Mary Portas

Retail Expert & TV Celebrity

Retail expert Mary Portas is widely acknowledged as a leading authority on the sector. Portas has advised government, transformed Harvey Nichols, and has produced a host of retail and business-themed TV programmes. A determined, passionate advocate of British retail, Portas is at the forefront of making the nation better consumers and the country’s shops better businesses. Portas’ career started on the shop floor, rising through the ranks of John Lewis, Harrods and the Burton Group before being appointed Creative Director at Harvey Nichols. She has since worked with some of the world’s most recognised retail and product brands including Westfield, Clark’s, Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Oasis Stores, Mercedes-Benz, and Boden. On television, Mary has presented on BBC One, BBC Two and Channel 4.

2016 Speakers

Maria Murphy

Head of Digital Marketing, Whirlpool

Maria Murphy is Head of Digital Marketing at Whirlpool, having joined the appliance manufacturer in
June 2014 to build a digital marketing team driving positive customer engagement across all digital touch points. Previously Maria worked at the forefront of online retail, for both Play.com and FeelUnique.com, optimising the customer experience across multiple digital channels. Hotpoint has seen in increase in traffic and engagement year on year of over 50% YOY. With a Hotpoint appliance now sold every 19 seconds in the UK, the focus is on developing rich digital content to
drive conversion across the UK’s leading retailers.

Jeremy Morris

Industry Head, Retail & Technology, Google

Jeremy leads relationships with Google’s advertising partners across the Retail and Technology sectors, this includes Omnichannel retailers such as Grocers and Department Stores as well as Consumer Electronics brands. His team helps create and execute digital marketing strategies across Google’s online platforms, including search, video, mobile and display.

Prior to Google he spent lots of years spent working in Marketing and Sales roles in the Telecoms sector. His first job was in a mobile start up in Panama and after spending several years in Madrid he joined Orange and then Sky in marketing and sales roles in the UK prior to joining Google 4 years ago.

Martin McCourt

Former CEO, Dyson

As Chief Executive of Dyson, Martin transformed it from a niche manufacturer to a £1bn global brand. Even after the onset of recession, he doubled turnover and trebled profits – driving sales in 70 markets. With experience in marketing, design and manufacture in some of the most cutting edge industries Martin demonstrates how ideas are the lifeblood of territorial expansion. Rather than try to compete with the Chinese on their terms, the UK must harness its natural inventiveness.

James Huang

Managing Director, Greater China - ChannelAdvisor

ChannelAdvisor’s MD of Greater China, James Huang is responsible for helping retailers and manufacturers understand the value of the ChannelAdvisor platform in their efforts to successfully sell their products across multiple online channels and geographies, as well as continuing to expand sales in the Greater China region.

Prior to this role, Huang was the chairman and CEO of MerchantRun Holdings Limited, where he pioneered channel-management software services and subsequently led the company to acquisition. He then became the senior vice president of overseas business development for 4PX, where he managed major initiatives for the group’s five subsidiaries and engineered strategic partnerships with online marketplaces.

Rory Sutherland

Vice Chairman & Executive Creative Director of Advertising, Ogilvy Group

With characteristic wit and erudition Rory looks at the successes, the failures and the outright bizarre from the ad world. He analyses what branding means, what creativity is, and the value of persuasion over compulsion. He considers how the potato was rebranded by Friedrich the Great of Prussia, the mysteries behind advertising, why the media is like food and why cheap, imaginative answers can often better than expensive ones.

Simon Johnson

Director Seller Services at Amazon UK

Simon Johnson joined Amazon UK as Director Seller Services in July 2015.

He was previously Group Managing Director, UK & International for HarperCollins Publishers, where he led all operational and commercial teams across the UK business, was responsible for UK Trade Publishing and sat on the boards of the UK, Australian and Indian businesses.

Prior to HarperCollins, Simon worked in investment banking as a quant and then a trader for Goldman Sachs and RBS, eventually establishing and then running a derivatives trading business. He also shortly worked as Financial Analyst for Sony Music.

After leaving the City, he set up and managed TV and theatre production company ‘Weasel & Sons’, specialising in new comedy writing. Highlights over three years at this company included a BBC commission and a West End production.

In addition to his role at Amazon UK, Simon has continued his interest in theatre and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the internationally renowned Bush Theatre in West London.

He holds an MBA from London Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Bristol University. Simon lives in South West London with his wife and two young children.

Darrell Minards

Head of Marketing Communications, Xerox Europe

Darrell Minards leads the Marketing Communications team of Xerox, across Europe, with responsibility for Brand, Digital, Advertising, PR, Analyst Relations, Direct and Internal Communications. Prior to running Communications, Darrell gained extensive experience in Sales / Marketing and Business Management operating initially in the UK and ultimately across Europe. More recently he led a 4 year transformation of the Learning & Development organisation for Xerox Darrell left Cardiff University with a degree in Law to join Xerox’s Graduate Programme in 1987 and hasn’t looked back. Darrell is married with three children and has a passion for all things with four wheels.

Dave Elston

Digital Director European Region, Clarks International

Dave Elston has extensive retail and online experience at both HMV and Clarks. At HMV, Dave launched a number of exciting online/digital initiatives before moving to Clarks. At Clarks, Dave set up the European E-Commerce Operation 3 years ago, and has successfully launched 5 transactional websites across Europe, working closely with the local Clarks teams and partners. He has a great understanding of how to bring IT, marketing and logistics together for the benefit of the customer, and is a passionate believer in the need for local implementation of a Global vision. Clarks is the world’s leading everyday footwear brand.

David Spitz

CEO, ChannelAdvisor

David Spitz, ChannelAdvisor’s CEO, is responsible for leading the company in its mission to provide retailers and branded manufacturers with the software and services needed to successfully sell their products via online sales channels. Before joining ChannelAdvisor, Spitz founded and successfully exited multiple venture-backed software companies.

David received a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. David has been awarded three U.S. patents, is past chairman of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Foundation Board and is a member of the executive committee and board of directors for the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development.

Paul Sanderson

Head of E-commerce - Bonmarché

An established multi channel retail leader with a proven track record of developing strategies and growing businesses. With 10 years of focused online experience Paul has delivered projects from small to large scale which exceed business objectives. Paul is currently focused on driving the Bonmarche business through all digital channels with responsibility of delivering a truly multi channel experience which is both customer centric and data driven. Paul advocates the use of technology & innovation and he constantly seeks new ways of working to digitally transform the Bonmarche business.

Andy Lippert

Senior Director, Seller Growth Team, eBay Europe

Andy Lippert runs the Enterprise Sales team in Europe, providing a good home for major Brands and Retailers on the eBay platform. Over the last 3 years, he and his team have been engaging with Enterprise Merchants, that enabled eBay to provide breadth and depth of highly demanded inventory to its >45 Million active buyers in Europe. Today more than 150 well known A-brands such as Samsung, Bosch, Microsoft, Volkswagen and the leading CE retailer Media-Saturn are using the eBay platform as fully integrated channel in their retail-strategy.

Andy has a strong record in the Consumer Electronics Industry, working in management positions for market-leading brands such as Kodak, Bang & Olufsen and Loewe AG.

Andy Valentine

Head of E-Commerce, Europe

For the last 10 years, Andy has specialised in partnering with organisations to help deliver streamlined and cost effective cross border payment and foreign exchange solutions to their clients. Working for Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions), World First & HiFX, he has developed partnerships with banks, accountants, payroll and pension organisations, outsourcers, stock brokers and ecommerce organisations. Prior to this, Andy worked for a number of international companies and sourced and developed distributorships in East & West Africa & Asia, as well as spending 5 years living and working in East Africa.

Past Session Speakers

Jo Malone

Founder & Former CEO, Jo Malone

Jo Malone is the founder of the high-end fragrance and cosmetics range that bears her name. She has also presented BBC’s High Street Dreams, helping entrepreneurial individuals develop their own products for the mass market.

Leaving school at 14 to care for her sick mother, Jo started work on a beauty counter. She began mixing scents in her kitchen and giving them away as tokens of appreciation. This eventually gave rise to a complete range of luxury fragrances, bath oils, skin care and scented candles.

Today Jo Malone products can be found in upmarket department stores from Saks to Selfridges – and in homes, hotels and spas around the world. Jo grew it into global luxury brand, staying on for seven years as Creative Director after selling her stake to Estee Lauder.

Shaoming Yang

Head of Tmall Global Europe

Shaoming Yang, is the Head of Tmall Global Europe, a B2C marketplace under Alibaba Group. Sincejoining Tmall Global in 2014, Shaoming has been dedicated to helping companies based beyond China’s borders to directly advertise and sell to millions of Chinese consumers. With over 10 years experience oftelecom equipment R&D and over 8 years of e-commerce experience, Shaoming is also a serial entrepreneur and company founder of three start-ups in China.

Nadya Birca

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, New Look

Nadejda Tatarciuc Birca is Senior Digital Marketing Manager at New Look, responsible for the company’s digital marketing strategy across its multi-channel offering: PPC, SEO, Affiliates, Performance Display, Behavioural Retargeting and Price Comparison Sites. With over 9 years of working experience in online marketing Nadejda has spent her early career on both client and agency side working for Europe’s leading telecommunication brand TeliaSonera, as well as top UK retail brands such as Interflora, Net-a-Porter, Urban Outfitters, The Fragrance Shop focusing on driving actionable on-site traffic & working per tight sale KPIs.

Nadejda has completed her Masters in Marketing Communications at the University of Birmingham, focusing on E-Marketing and Social Media ROI having secured her graduate placement at Jaguar & Land Rover PLC, specializing in social media measurement and targeting functionalities.
Prior to joining New Look Nadejda was looking after the paid media channels of UK’s leading
affiliate publisher operating as Head of Paid Search.

Marty Ellis

Head of Professional Selling, eBay

Marty Ellis is Head of Professional Selling at eBay, responsible for developing products and services that help eBay’s community of 200,000 passionate UK business sellers grow their business online. He has held a number of senior roles in his five years at eBay, leading initiatives including the marketplace’s pioneering Click & Collect at Argos service and the launch of eBay Money Back Guarantee which underwrites billions of pounds of commerce from sellers across the world with a simple guarantee – get the item you ordered, or your money back. Marty is originally from Canada and began his career as a process engineer in electronics manufacturing. Marty holds an MBA from London Business School.

Dave Elston

Head of E-Commerce Europe, C&J Clark International

Dave Elston has extensive retail and online experience at both HMV and Clarks. At HMV, Dave launched a number of exciting online/digital initiatives before moving to Clarks. At Clarks, Dave set up the European E-Commerce Operation 3 years ago, and has successfully launched 5 transactional websites across Europe, working closely with the local Clarks teams and partners. He has a great understanding of how to bring IT, marketing and logistics together for the benefit of the customer, and is a passionate believer in the need for local implementation of a Global vision. Clarks is the world’s leading everyday footwear brand.

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