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World Retail Congress
25-28 September 2011 – InterContinental Hotel, Berlin

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Dear reader,

World Retail Congress, partnered by Connect – World , has been backed by the global retail industry since its launch in 2007 and is a powerful platform for senior retail leaders to meet and discuss the issues that are critical to all their businesses. Over the last five years, it has welcomed some of the biggest names and retail companies from more than 60 countries who participate in open debates, share ideas and best practice. Download the latest agenda here:

What is the World Retail Congress?

  • An industry-devised, board-level forum that discusses issues affecting the international retail industry; covering core retail issues as well as social, economic, political and ethical concerns
  • Three days of business-critical content, focused on the global retail CEO agenda in a variety of formats designed to encourage meaningful exchange between you and your peers on and off stage
  • 100+ leading retail industry speakers addressing your key issues across 40+ presentations

Valued contacts of Connect – World, can save 25% off the current rate to attend and save up to a further €600 by registering before 15 July. To find out more about World Retail Congress please contact Fidi Neophytou on +44 (0) 20 7728 5220 or email today. Quote CWO-DIS25

Retailing is a vital part of all national and regional economies and recognising this fact, the Congress has also welcomed many national and international policy makers and senior executives from NGOs who want to hear the voice of the retail industry. But not only does the World Retail Congress serve as an essential catalyst for retailers to meet to understand the latest trends and challenges that face them, but it is also a highly effective networking event that connects retailers, brands and industry experts to help deliver invaluable and business-transforming introductions.

Here are some of the key speakers confirmed for the 2011 Congress:

  • Mohammed Al Fahim, CEO, Paris Gallery
  • Janet Grove, Vice Chair, Macy’s
  • Lovro Mandac, Chairman of Management Board, Galeria Kaufhof
  • Dr Ira Kalish, Director of Global Research, Deloitte
  • Richard Lloyd-Owen, Global Co-Leader Retail, Deloitte
  • Javier Perez, President, MasterCard Europe
  • Mung-Ki Woo, Group Executive – Mobile, MasterCard Worldwide
  • Andy Mantis, Group Head Merchant Information Services, MasterCard Advisors
  • John Blackburn, Vice President, Global Retail Strategy & Business Development, IBM
  • Burt Tansky, Chairman, Neiman Marcus
  • Eric Broussard, Vice President – International Seller Services, Amazon
  • Teri Agins, Journalist & Former Fashion Editor, Wall Street Journal
  • Chris Aubrey, VP Global Retail Marketing Sport Performance, Adidas
  • James Greenfield, Special Projects Director, LVMH
  • Stephen Sunnucks, President, Europe & International Strategic Alliances, Gap
  • Ernst Burgbacher, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology
  • Peter Fitzgerald, Retail Industry Leader – UK, Google UK
  • Bill Brand, CMO, HSNi
  • Anders Dahlvig, Non-Executive Director, H&M & Kingfisher, Former CEO, IKEA
  • Tobias Wasmuht, CMO, Spar International
  • Matt Brittin, Managing Director – UK & Ireland, Google, Non-Executive Director, Sainsbury’s
  • Mike Webster, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Oracle Retail
  • Tommy Hilfiger, Founder & Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger
  • José Carlos Gonzalez-Hurtado, CCO, Carrefour
  • Cedric Ducrocq, CEO, Dia-Mart
  • Alex Cara, Former Group Franchise Managing Director, New Look
  • Ajit Joshi, CEO, Infiniti Retail (Part of Tata Group)
  • Philip Thomas, CEO, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
  • Joe Gromek, President & CEO, Warnaco
  • Bernie Brookes, CEO, Myer
  • Arvind Singhal, Chairman, Technopak
  • Tina Manikas, Global Retail & Promotions Officer, Draftfcb
  • Friedrich Fleischmann, Head of International Retail, GfK Retail & Technology
  • Govind Shrikhande, Managing Director, Shopper’s Stop
  • Tony Stockil, CEO, Javelin Group
  • Gilbert Harrison, Chairman, Financo
  • Ian McGarrigle, Congress Director, World Retail Congress
  • John Ryan, Stores Editor, Retail Week
  • Rick Darling, President, Li & Fung US
  • Tom Doctoroff, North Asia Director & Greater China, JWT
  • Sun Weiming, Vice President, Suning
  • Jeffrey Klinefelter, Senior Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray
  • Bob Thacker, CMO, Office Max & Former CMO, Target
  • Launa Inman, Managing Director, Target Australia
  • Lim Beng Chee, CEO, CapitaMalls Asia
  • Matt Rubel, Chairman CEO & President, Collective Brands
  • Sanjay Kapoor, Managing Director, Genesis Luxury
  • Michael Poynor, Managing Director, Retail Expertise
  • Caito Maia, Founder, Chilli Beans
  • Daniela Bretthauer, Head of Research – Brazil, Raymond James
  • Luke Dowdney, Chairman & Founder, Luta Pela Paz
  • Ian Moir, CEO, Woolworths South Africa
  • Eduardo Carriquiry, Commercial Vice President, Ripley Peru
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP Group
  • Andrew Jennings, CEO, Karstadt
  • Alan Treadgold, Head of Retail Strategy, Leo Burnett
  • David Judge, Creative Director, Judge Gill
  • Herman Joerg, Head of Visual Merchandising, C&A
  • Liu Qiang Dong, Founder & Chairman, Jing Dong Mall
  • Mark Faithfull, Editor, Retail Property Analyst
  • Tzvia Leviev, Vice President, AFI Group
  • Martin Butler, Retail Author & Lecturer
  • Fabrizio Valente, Chairman, Kiki Lab & Founder Member, Ebeltoft Group
  • Oscar Farinetti, Founder & Chairman, Eataly
  • Steve Stoute, Founder & CEO, Translation
  • Tierney Remick, Global Managing Partner, KornFerry International
  • Michael Jary, Worldwide Managing Partner, OC&C Strategy Consultants

Plus many more. Over 100 board-level retail experts on the final programme. See the latest speaker list here:

To find out more about World Retail Congress please contact Fidi Neophytou on +44 (0) 20 7728 5220 or email today.

Valued contacts of Connect – World, can save 25% off the current rate to attend and save up to a further €600 by registering before 15 July. To find out more about World Retail Congress please contact Fidi Neophytou on +44 (0) 20 7728 5220 or email today. Quote CWO-DIS25

Download the latest agenda here:

A landmark in a year of retail

  1. Business-critical introductions through 20+ hours of quality networking opportunities at briefings, masterclasses, lunches, drinks receptions, Retail Study Tour and the Oracle World Retail Awards Gala Dinner
  2. Three industry legends inducted at the World Retail Hall of Fame – your chance to meet some of the leading figures from retail
  3. Insight and illumination with a display of retail excellence in Oracle World Retail AwardsTechnological innovation and product demonstrations at the Congress Showcase Exhibition
  4. Technological innovation and product demonstrations at the Congress Showcase Exhibition
  5. Support the leaders of tomorrow at the Retail Futures Challenge and be inspired. The 2011 competition takes place in the Berlin’s flagship department store, KaDeWe
  6. Pre and post event online networking – connect with your peers and arrange your meeting in advance
  7. Truly global audience with over 60 countries represented
  8. The Who’s Who of global retailing with 1200+ attendees expected and 83% board-level attendees
  9. Tailor your experience with 20 business streams allowing you to personalise your agenda
  10. Network with the media at the global retail event of the year – 100+ media representatives attended in 2010
  11. The latest retail thinking with five original research projects commissioned with our partners and revealed exclusively at the Congress. Topics include emerging markets, retail popularity and store design
  12. Putting international expansion at the heart of Congress – all new geo-focused sessions covering China, India and Brazil plus country points for enhanced networking

The Congress will once again be celebrating retail excellence with the glittering Gala Dinner featuring the Oracle World Retail Awards and the announcement of the 2011 inductees into the World Retail Hall of Fame. Register early to guarantee a space at the Gala Dinner.

The Congress has been created in association with a broad cross section of top retail industry executives from around the world including:  Launa Inman, CEO, Target Australia, Wu Jianzong, Chairman, Wumart, Bijou Kurien, CEO, Reliance Lifestyle, Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO, Macys, Michael Mark, CEO, Truworths and Glen Murphy, CEO, Gap.

Held in Berlin, one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse retail capitals, this year’s Congress will be bigger and better than ever before.

Valued contacts of Connect – World, can save 25% off the current rate to attend and save up to a further €600 by registering before 15 July. To find out more about World Retail Congress please contact Fidi Neophytou on +44 (0) 20 7728 5220 or email today. Quote CWO-DIS25

Yours sincerely,

David Nunes
Connect – World Magazines

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