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.
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.
Tim joined Google in 2011, where he runs a Retail team working with a broad mix of Multi-channel and Pureplay retailers. Tim has worked in Digital for over 15 years, starting with running the eCommerce team at Comet, before experiencing the world of online gambling with Paddy Power and then taking up a Board position as eCommerce and Marketing Director at Warehouse Express (now Wex Photographic). Tim will cover the latest trends in digital and retail with a focus on Google Shopping.
Neil joined SKU Cloud (formally WeFlubit) during its early stages back in 2014. He has years of experience in retail, having started out in Corporate Finance at RBS, working with high street giants including Harrods, Selfridges and Tesco. His first venture into online was as a Business Analyst at Camelot, before subsequently founding one of the UK’s most successful, exclusively online hamper businesses.
SKU Cloud is the UK’s fastest growing marketplace ecosystem, driving merchants more sales for free. As Head of Merchant Operations, Neil is responsible for day to day marketplace operations, as well as merchant on-boarding and retention of key vendor accounts.
Håkan Thyr is Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at ChannelAdvisor. He is responsible for maintaining ChannelAdvisor’s strong strategic partner relationships and leading initiatives to establish new channels and opportunities for ChannelAdvisor sellers. Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor, he held roles as COO at Firmstep and Partnerships Director atBazaarvoice. Håkan holds an MSc from Chalmers University.
Ecommerce specialist Kelvin Lewis has been advising Frooition clients for the past nine years. Kelvin’s emphasis on the functionality of design has helped companies such as Renault; Ebuyer, American Golf, World of Books, and Universal Gadgets to grow their sales online.
Ted was previously the UK country manager for Become, a price comparison company, who were acquired by Connexity. Ted has significant experience within B2B sales and partnerships, affiliate marketing and has a MSc in Marketing from the University of Salford Manchester. He is now the Global Head of Partnerships for Fruugo, which is growing at a phenomenal rate (100%+ YoY), working from their Germany office. Fruugo’s investors include Lord Stuart Rose and many other notable leaders in the retail and e-commerce space.
Based on his belief that the FX needs of individuals and SMEs were not being fairly addressed by big banks, Jonathan and his co-founder Nick Robinson founded World First in January 2004. Their mission was to combine the best technologies and service to give their customers a better deal all round.
From the beginnings as a true start up in a basement flat, Jonathan has guided World First through a period of sustained growth and international expansion whilst, unusually, ensuring profitability throughout. Today, World First has exchanged more than £40bn for over 100,000 individuals and businesses and employs over 600 people across 6 international offices.
Prior to World First, Jonathan worked in the City with a number of renowned financial institutions. He worked as Head of Business Development within the Financial Markets division of RBS, and latterly at Citibank where he worked on the bank’s global corporate sales desk before moving to a new role managing the European sales of their online FX trading products.
Jonathan’s entrepreneurial flair dates back to when he was a schoolboy growing up in Glasgow where he bought and sold car number plates.
Jonathan holds a law and accountancy degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of Founders Forum, the premier community for global entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors in the digital, media and technology sectors.
An unlikely fashion entrepreneur, Julie Deane OBE graduated from Cambridge University in 1987, and worked as a chartered accountant before returning to the University, where she was the Fellow for Development for her college – the first female to be appointed to this role in the 650-year history of the college. At the end of 2007 Deane wanted to raise the money to move her eight-year-old daughter from a school where she was being bullied into a school where she would thrive and be happy, and came up with an idea to make traditional leather satchels for the schoolchildren of Cambridge.
Deane invested just £600 to get the idea off the ground. The company is now a handmade-in-Britain worldwide phenomenon employing more than 130 people and selling to over 100 countries. In December 2014, Deane was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire receiving an OBE for Services to Entrepreneurship. In July 2015, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Deane to carry out an independent review of self-employment in the UK. The report was delivered in February 2016. In June 2016, Deane became a Guinness World Record holder with Virgin Media Business, having watched 160 business pitches over the course of 29 straight hours giving entrepreneurs the chance to receive funding to grow their businesses. In August 2016, Deane was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library’s Business & IP Centre. Additionally, in September 2016, Deane became a member of the board at Cambridge Judge Business School (the business school of the University of Cambridge).
In January 2014, the company raised $21m from Index Ventures. This support has enabled the company to invest in establishing the brand to secure long term growth, appointing a senior team in late 2014, opening a flagship store in London’s Covent Garden, replatforming its global website and designing a wider product range.
Deane is committed to preserving British manufacturing – a luxury rarely afforded by start-up businesses. Despite enormous pressure to satisfy demand with an overseas production model, Deane has ensured that each stage in producing every bag sold has taken place on British soil. Furthermore, she has used the company’s success to drive a re-skilling of the British population from its Leicestershire-based factory; taking on apprentices, engaging disillusioned youth and encouraging people to embrace craftsmanship. In addition, Deane is an ambassador for QEST, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, reflecting her ongoing commitment to British manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Collaborations with prestigious designers and retailers including Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Christopher Shannon and Chris Benz have seen The Cambridge Satchel Company grace catwalks from London to New York, further securing its international acclaim. The bags have appeared in shows including Girls, The Good Wife and Gossip Girl.
The Cambridge Satchel Company’s success has been recognised through a number of awards including:
Manufacturer of the Year – Insider Made in the UK Awards 2014
Ranked #7 in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in 2013 (and awarded Fast Track Outstanding Achievement Award in May 2014)
Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade – 2013
RSM International Entrepreneur Of The Year – European Business Awards 2013 (Julie Deane was the first female to have ever been awarded this honour)
Accessories Brand of the Year – Drapers Footwear & Accessories Awards 2013
Footwear & Accessories Design Team – WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2012
Fashion & Retail Personnel Smaller Etailer of the Year – Drapers Awards 2012
With a background in economics, fundamental and technical market analysis, Edward Hardy works with World First’s Economics and Currency Strategy team to assist and advise clients on transactional FX strategy and currency solutions. Over the course of the EU Referendum, Edward and team have advised clients large and small on the use of structured hedging products to help secure returns and accelerate performance.
Daniel joined Payoneer’s growing UK team towards the end of 2016 as UK Country Manager. He has years of experience in the payments industry, previously working for Earthport Plc as Vice President Business Development, prior to this was Vice President at Intelligent Payments Group and before that Head of Partnerships at Western Unions Business Solution. He is a keen rugby fan and enjoys swimming.
James brings 13+ years of international eCommerce experience from Li&Fung, Vente-Privee and Microsoft amongst others. Most recently he ran a €30m European eCommerce division of Global Brands Group (Li&Fung) and before that co-founded an eCommerce consultancy in New York working with clients including fb, L’Oreal and Saatchi & Saatchi.
During the 5 years he spent at Vente Privee he was responsible for launching the business into the UK market and growing it to £40m in annual sales.
James Nelson is a Senior Account Manager at Wish and is a key member in advancing Wish’s global business development initiatives as they scale to meet Wish’s global reach. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society with emphasis in Management Science and Engineering. With a background in mobile analytics and marketing, he helps manage and grow Wish’s international accounts. As Wish expands to multiple applications in different verticals, James engages with existing US brands to educate businesses of mobile commerce’s immense potential.
A founding member of SKU Cloud, Andy helped develop the business from an unknown shopping service to the UK’s leading marketplace ecosystem.
With a Philosophy degree from the University of Nottingham and a background in business development, Andy managed the growth of SKU Cloud’s integrated Seller community (including brands such as HMV and Ebuyer) and now focuses on launching online shopping propositions with SKU Cloud’s leading Destination Partners (such as The Mirror).
Launched in 2011, SKU Cloud is Europe’s largest marketplace ecosystem; offering an automated platform to connect Seller Partners with Destination Partners, who are looking to integrate a native online shopping proposition into their website, app or platform.
In a completely unique approach to the marketplace, SKU Cloud enables Seller Partners to sell their inventory on multiple Destination Partner channels, providing access to the millions of potential customers for free.
For Destination Partners, SKU Cloud powers integrated white-labelled online shopping propositions for any existing website, platform or app. Allowing Destination’s to natively sell any of SKU Cloud’s 54 million retail products directly to their own audience.
After five years in the industry, SKU Cloud also offers actionable industry data to both buyer and seller sides of the business. Providing valuable customer insight, to revolutionise the way that over 1,500 online businesses are doing e-commerce.
Natalie Berg is responsible for driving Planet Retail’s strategic insights. She has over a decade’s experience providing analysis and opinion on the world’s largest retailers with a particular focus on supermarkets, discounting and online retail. She is a regular TV and radio commentator for UK retail news with appearances on the BBC, Sky, CNBC and Bloomberg. Natalie has published work on key industry topics such as the rise of click & collect and private label trends, and her first book Walmart: Key Insights and Practical Lessons from the World’s Largest Retailer was published in 2012 to coincide with the company’s 50th anniversary. She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Connecticut and also studied at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Grenoble, France.
Malcolm Scovil is the Head of Business Development at Tophatter, one of the world’s fastest growing mobile shopping apps with over $400 million in annual revenue. He is responsible for seller acquisition, key partnerships, and raising the company profile in the US and International markets. Prior to joining Tophatter, Malcolm worked in venture capital for Summit Partners, investment banking at Deutsche Bank, and was CEO/Cofounder of startups in both the consumer mobile and enterprise software market.
Pierre Dunoyer de Segonzac has built an eclectic professional career that has consisted of alternative sales and operational excellence roles. Over the course of his 5 years at eBay Pierre has worked relentlessly to better support sellers in delighting their customers. He now leads Advertising and Partnerships for the UK helping to enable sellers, brands and advertisers to maximise their revenue on eBay platforms leveraging all the available solutions.