Retail Week Live will host stellar female line-up in March

Taking place from 27th to 28th March in London, Retail Week Live will bring together the largest gathering of retail leadership in the UK. Founded in 1995, the 48-hour event comprises more than 200 world-class speakers from across retail and beyond to create the opportunity for industry players to take stock, find inspiration and reconnect with their sector. It aims to provide unique experiences which enable attendees to see retail from an entirely new perspective.

Held at the Intercontinental at O2 in London, this year’s event is making important leaps. Walmart International CEO Judith McKenna will be the first woman CEO to open the show, leading an impressive line-up of female retail leaders who collectively make up fifty percent of the conference agenda.

McKenna will present the opening keynote on 27th March, offering an expert perspective on both thriving and surviving in retail in 2019. Judith will look at the changing landscape of global retail and what it takes to lead a business in these challenging times.

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Vice President for EMEA at Facebook will also take to the main stage to speak on why social engagement is key to business.

Also speaking:

  • Sarah Willet, Group People Director, Shop Direct
  • Sue Carvell, Commercial Director – Cath Kidston
  • Claire Arksey, Global Executive Director of Retail – Urban Outfitters
  • Christina Rapsomanikis, European e-Commerce Director, Coty
  • Dr Kim Winser OBE, Founder & CEO – Winser London
  • Ella d’Amato, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer, Not on the High Street
  • Miriam Lahage, CEO – Figleaves
  • Carla Buzasi, Managing Director – WGSN
  • Fran Bishop, Founder, Pud!
  • Holly Tucker, MBE, Founder – Holly & Co,
  • Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, Co-Founder, Izzy Wheels
  • Anna Blackburn, MD, Beaverbrooks
  • Joanne Mackie, Customer & People Director - AS Watson
  • Leonie Foster, Chief Customer & Digital Officer – Dunelm
  • Morgan Fowles, COO, Spoke London
  • Sarah John, Co-Founder, Boss Brewing
  • Tessa Cook, Co-Founder and CEO – Olio
  • Vasiliki Petrou, Group CEO and Executive Vice President – Unilever Prestige
  • Zoe Wong, Director of Finance and Operations, Depop

“We’re proud to have such an impressive roster of female business leaders making up fifty per cent of the speaker line up at Retail Week Live. It shines the spotlight on the issue of gender equality for women in the workplace and, specifically, in the boardroom,” said Retail Week Live programme director Hannah Tovey.


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