Luxury Interactive 2017

October 16 - 18, 2017

Convene Conference Center, 32 Old Slip, New York, NY


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About Our Speakers

Early-confirmed speakers:

Martin Gilliard
 Martin Gilliard 
CIO and Senior EVP 
Barneys New York
Martin oversees the Barneys New York digital, e-commerce and information technology teams.  Prior to joining Barneys New York, Martin was Global Head of MarTech and Data Partnerships at Facebook, where he focused on integrating technology and data for omni-channel brands. Prior to working at Facebook, Martin was the General Manager of AdTruth at Experian. He also launched a business analytics company as CEO at DATAMYZE and has held leadership positions at WPP and Microsoft.
Scott Emmons
 Scott Emmons 
Head of the Innovation Lab 
Neiman Marcus
As founder and Head of the Neiman Marcus Innovation Lab (iLab), Scott Emmons is focused on innovation for the Neiman Marcus Group (NMG). He founded and built the innovation iLab in 2012. Since its inception, the iLab has grown to become the Neiman Marcus hub for innovation projects and has earned a world class reputation for retail innovation. Scott is responsible for leading NMG in evaluating, designing, testing and piloting cutting-edge technologies and applications for luxury retail. Recent innovation projects include Memory Makeover™, connected fitting room technology, intelligent mobile phone charging stations and voice controlled sales associate communicators.
Mary Beech
 Mary Beech 
Kate Spade & Company
Mary Beech is Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Kate Spade & Company. She is responsible for providing leadership and direction on all marketing and brand creative strategies across both kate spade new york and Jack Spade New York.

Mary began her career at Ann Taylor in marketing and then spent several years at Ralph Lauren. In 2001, Mary joined Disney/Pixar to oversee marketing for the Disney Princess brand and was appointed to Vice President/General Manager – Animation Consumer Products in 2006.  Most recently, Mary was the Senior Vice President, Global Licensing and Franchise Marketing for Disney and Pixar Animation Properties, leading a global licensing, creative, marketing and product development team.
Elaine Chang
 Elaine Chang 
Antonio Carriero
 Antonio Carriero 
Global Director Digital 
Rachel Waller
 Rachel Waller 
Global Director of Online Communications 
Rachel is the Global Director of Online Communications for FarFetch, leading brand marketing, social media,  communications, app & video content, working on building Farfetch’s brand awareness across 22 markets and in 9 languages.

Previously to her  6 year career with the brand, she previously held positions with Mediacom and Affiliate Window.
Sarah Lukas
 Sarah Lukas 
Corporate Director, 
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC
Liana Thompson
 Liana Thompson 
Sr. Director, NA eCommerce, Omni-Channel, & Direct Marketing 
Tiffany & Co.
Liana Thompson is an e-commerce executive with over 8 years of direct experience. Currently, she is the Senior Director of E-commerce, Omni-channel and Direct Marketing at Tiffany and Co. in NYC. Prior to joining Tiffany, Liana spent 3.5 years at Amazon and 2 years at Bloomingdale's, where she held positions in marketing, operations and merchandise planning. Before embarking on her corporate career, Liana also had an e-commerce business that sold discounted handbags and small leather goods.

Liana graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences from SUNY Purchase.
 Silvia Campello 
President and COO 
Guido Campello
 Guido Campello 
Born and raised in Miami, Guido Campello graduated from the industrial design program at Design and Architecture Senior High in 1999 and New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003 with a degree in Urban Design & Planning. He commenced his design career in interior finishes and renderings at Pompei AD New York for retailers Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Free People and MTV. After moving to Japan in 2005 as part of the J.E.T.T. English teaching program he joined the Sales and Marketing team at a Japanese distribution company in Tokyo. Upon returning to New York in 2007, he became VP of Sales, Branding & Innovation at Cosabella and in 2010 partnered with his wife, Dr. Sapna Palep, to launch her private practice Spring Street Dermatology. In 2014 Guido Campello took over as Cosabella’s first CEO and in 2015 he was inducted into The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA). At Cosabella he manages all exclusive design collaborations with the likes of Paul & Joe, Erin Fetherston, Urban Outfitters, Barneys, Bergdorf, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Galleries Lafayette, Lane Crawford, Amazon, Shopbop, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Carmen Marc Valvo & Sex and the City. He also led the Creations of extension lines Cosabella Lusso, Cosabella Amore and Cosabella’s soon to be launched teenager brand.
David Olsen
 David Olsen 
Cos Bar
David Olsen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cos Bar, the original 40-year-old specialty beauty retailer in the U.S. Cos Bar is recognized for disrupting the luxury beauty industry with its unique and engaging sales experience focused on the needs of the client and its carefully curated array of the world’s best beauty brands.
Since joining in February 2016, David has worked to grow the company while maintaining a commitment to delivering a seamless omnichannel experience for clients, wherever they are and whichever device they are on. In just one year, David’s team opened three stores, bringing the total store count to 17; opened corporate headquarters in Los Angeles; refreshed the brand identity and store environment; relaunched; and introduced Cos Bar’s first loyalty rewards program, B. Cos.  With David’s guidance, Cos Bar will operate 50 doors nationwide by 2021.
David has been in the retail space as a strategist and operator for over 17 years. Prior to joining Cos Bar, he was the global vice president of Beauty and Grooming at The Net-A-Porter Group, where he developed and executed that strategy from 2012 to 2016.  In 2000, David started his own e-commerce cosmeceutical business which was later sold to, leading to the creation of the largest pure play beauty destination in the US, ultimately selling to Target.  David brings his digital expertise and growth focus to Cos Bar to ensure the execution of their mission to deliver the world’s best luxury beauty buying experience.
Andrew Berg
 Andrew Berg 
Robert Graham
 Suzanne Hader 
Charlie Cole
 Charlie Cole 
Chief Digital Officer 
Charlie Cole joined TUMI in 2015 as the Company’s Chief Digital Officer. In this role, Mr. Cole is responsible for overseeing and developing the brands’ national and international e-commerce and digital platforms.  Since Samsonite’s acquisition of Tumi in 2016, Charlie has also taken the role of Global Chief eCommerce Officer for Samsonite Corporation – which includes oversight of global strategy for brands such as Samsonite, American Tourister, Hartmann, Gregory, High Sierra and others.

Mr. Cole brings a mix of entrepreneurial and institutional knowledge to the Company with success in both fields, and a focus on creating structures to empower creativity driven by energy and objectivity. Prior to joining TUMI, Mr. Cole held various leadership positions, including serving as CEO of The Line, and head of e-commerce for Lucky Brand and Schiff Nutrition, the largest acquisition of a VMS company in the history of Wall Street.  He currently sits on 6 advisory boards – ranging from a virtual reality startup, smart basketball group and popular women’s athleisure line.
Peter Mack
 Peter Mack 
Founder & CEO 
Collective Hotels & Retreats
Peter Mack is the Founder and CEO of Collective Retreats, the experiential luxury hotel brand that connects guests with places, communities, and themselves through its unique, asset-light business model. Mack started Collective Retreats following his role as Vice President of Product Innovation at Tough Mudder, where he oversaw experience design and product. Prior to Tough Mudder, Mack spent over 10 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he correctly identified that the majority of hotel revenue was spent on property expenses and upkeep, not toward furthering the guest experience. Mack, a graduate of the hospitality school at Cornell University, decided to turn the hotel model upside down and create a new type of retreat that creates as little barrier as possible between each location’s breathtaking landscape and guest accommodations. Collective Retreats is currently operating in Vail and Yellowstone and aims to have seven destinations in operation by the end of 2017, including retreats in Texas, New York and California.
 Lisa Bridgett 
The Modist
 Jessica Rotnicki 
SVP, eCommerce 
Estee Lauder Companies
 Rebecca Traverzo 
VP, Global Media + Analytics 
Calvin Klein
 Felicity Sissener 
SVP, Marketing & eCommerce 
 Allegra Farina 
Marketing & Digital Director 
Proenza Schouler
Krister Karjalainen
 Krister Karjalainen 
Head of Media & Digital 
Safilo Group
 Maria Medina 
Director of eCommerce 
Jonathan Adler
 Vivienne So 
eCommerce Manager 
Robecta Ma
 Robecta Ma 
VP, Marketing, Americas 
Cathay Pacific Airways
Robecta Ma was appointed Vice-President Marketing, Americas in March 2016. Based at the airline’s regional head office in San Francisco, she oversees all marketing, digital and ecommerce for Cathay Pacific Airways in the Americas.

Robecta joined Cathay Pacific in 2011 as Marketing & Ecommerce Executive and was quickly promoted to Marketing & Ecommerce Manager, managing the award winning airline’s ecommerce, email, search, social media & partnership initiatives in North America. Robecta helped the airline establish multiple successful brand partnerships in the market such as American Express, charity:water, Gilt Groupe, and Saks Fifth Avenue. She also launched the airline’s first external and employee advocate programs, allowing influencers and employees to share Cathay Pacific’s content across multiple social media channels.
Mike Broderick
 Mike Broderick 
Sr. Director, Product Management 
Marriott International
Jessica Gale
 Jessica Gale 
Director of Omni Channels 
Holt Renfrew
Jessica is the Director of Omni Channels at Holt Renfrew. Jessica leads the operations and technology development of digital at Holt Renfrew, responsible for establishing, operationalizing and growing the online business while continuously launching strategic omni channel initiatives connecting online with in store. The eCommerce Operations team spans across Fulfillment, Customer Care, and Fraud, enabling back office end to end processes and tools. Jessica has experience in retail, beauty, wholesale, and digital across both mid-tier and luxury brands, and previously, was a Management Consultant in Accenture's Strategy Practice. Jessica has her MBA from Columbia Business School. 
Justin Sellman
 Justin Sellman 
VP, eCommerce and Digital Strategy 
Justin Sellman is the Vice President of E-Commerce and Digital for Ghurka, where he oversees omni-channel marketing, systems integrations, and all growth initiatives for  Prior to joining Ghurka, Justin has been involved of many facets of the fashion industry from owning a direct to consumer menswear company to wholesale and SaaS sales management.  Justin holds a bachelors degree from Columbia University.  
Nancy Zhang
 Nancy Zhang 
VP of Sales 
Moda Operandi, Inc
Audrey Yu
 Audrey Yu 
VP, Global Digital 
John Hardy
Scott Lux
 Scott Lux 
VP, eCommerce and Digital Marketing 
John Varvatos
 Daria Fain 
Director of eCommerce & Digital 
Jonathan Simkhai
 Kristen Stewart 
Head of eCommerce & Digital Marketing 
Cushnie et Ochs
Danny Govberg
 Danny Govberg 
President and Owner 
Govberg Watches
Danny Govberg has been long recognized for his energetic, entrepreneurial spirit across the luxury watch and jewelry industries, which enabled him to grow a respectable family business into one of international acclaim.  As third generation President & Owner of Govberg Jewelers, Danny transformed a small jewelry store along Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers’ Row into a sizable retail group, encompassing three establishments in the Philadelphia region bearing the Govberg Jewelers name, and a fourth location in Cleveland, Ohio; the first Govberg store outside of the Philadelphia market. Danny also owns an intimate watch and jewelry boutique in Naples, Florida – Yamron Jewelers, and is a partner in Radcliffe Jewelers, with two stores in the Baltimore, Maryland market.

Most recently, Danny expanded Govberg Jewelers’ estate buying and pre-owned watch division, through which the company buys and sells luxury pre-owned timepieces on a national level. This venture is fostered with the support of innovative technology, including Govberg’s own app, Govberg OnTime, recognized as the ultimate mobile companion for the watch enthusiast. His investment in technology is not limited to the watch category; he co-founded BSD Code and Design Academy in the Philadelphia suburbs, offering affordable, accessible and applicable technology education for children and adults.
 Kimberly Georgeton 
VP, eCommerce 
Debbie Johnsen
 Debbie Johnsen 
AVP, Digital Marketing 
Mark Simmons
 Mark Simmons 
Marketing and eCommerce 
Design Within Reach
Christina Bennett
 Christina Bennett 
Senior Director, Global PR and US Social Media 
Elizabeth Arden
Christina Bennett, Director, Global Public Relations, is responsible for global PR strategy and U.S. publicity efforts for the namesake Elizabeth Arden skincare, color and fragrance portfolios.  In this role, Christina also oversees global crisis communications, spokesperson management, and leads U.S. social media strategy and execution for the Elizabeth Arden brand. 

Prior to joining Elizabeth Arden in 2010, Christina held several positions in U.S., regional and global public relations at Avon Products, Inc.  In her most recent role, she managed the North America PR and social media efforts for the company’s extensive celebrity and designer fragrance portfolio, color cosmetics, skincare, men’s, fashion and home brands. Christina began her career working on prestige, mass and expert brands in the beauty division of LaForce+Stevens.  

She currently sits on the Public Affairs & Communications Executive Committee for the Personal Care Product Council, the American trade association representing the beauty and personal care industry.  She is on the Future Leaders Council of Cosmetic Executive Women and serves as an Advisory Board Member of Luxury Interactive and Executive Forum Member of Digiday. 

A graduate of Georgetown University, Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology. Christina is a native of Long Island, New York and currently resides in New York City.

Amanda Willinger
 Amanda Willinger 
Director of eCommerce 
Mike Chi
 Mike Chi 
VP of Marketing & eCommerce 
Mike Chi is the Vice President of Marketing and e-Commerce at INTERMIX, where he leads teams across all channels focused on brand strategy, digital and retail marketing, customer acquisition and retention, public relations and events, creative production, and e-commerce merchandising and operations.
Prior to joining INTERMIX in 2015; Mike held various positions at, most recently Senior Vice President of the women’s business. During his tenure at Gilt, he helped grow the company into a leading digital fashion retailer while managing teams responsible for buying, site merchandising, integrated marketing, and strategy & operations. Mike has also served as a consultant at Boston Consulting group, an international strategy and management consulting firm, and held merchandising roles at Gap Inc. and The Children’s Place. Mike received his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BA from Brown University.
Patricia Lee
 Patricia Lee 
VP, Customer Experience and Partnerships 
Patricia Lee is the Vice President of Customer Experience and Partnerships at Ritani. Patricia has spent her career building iconic, global brands with a focus on creating best in class customer experience for the millennial customer. Before working in the fabulously luxurious world of diamonds, she helped build the US presence of the global brand, Bang & Olufsen, and before that, had a front seat ride in the rocketship millennial brand, Patricia is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently resides in Riverside, CT.
Christopher Barefoot
 Christopher Barefoot 
VP, Communications & Guest Relations 
Opus One Winery
Christopher joined Opus One in July of 2013 as Vice President of Communications and Guest Relations with responsibility for all communications, hospitality and events at the winery. 

In keeping with the Founders’ desire for absolute wine quality, he believes that the customer’s experience at the winery is also a reflection on the wine; therefore, no detail should be missed.  

Prior to Opus One, Christopher was the Estate Director for Flowers Vineyard and Winery, a notable producer of estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, where he was responsible for the winery’s domestic and international sales and marketing.  Previously, he spent five years working as the Brand Director for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, managing the Napa Valley and Reserve labels.  

Christopher’s connection to Robert Mondavi’s legacy gave rise to his own passion for fine Cabernet Sauvignon and a shared conviction that the wines of Napa Valley belong in the company of the world’s finest.  Christopher holds a BA in French from the University of Virginia, as well as an International MBA from the University of South Carolina.  He resides in the city of Napa.
 Crisanta German 
Director of Omnichannel Marketing 
 Oscar C. Guerrero 
Manager, Brand and Consumer Insights 
Crystal Cruises
 Christopher Cocca 
Senior Director, Digital 
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Angela Gruszka
 Angela Gruszka 
VP Marketing + Creative 
ABC Carpet and Home
Noah Goldberg
 Noah Goldberg 
Director, eCommerce 
Sarah LaFleur
 Sarah LaFleur 
Jennie Baik
 Jennie Baik 
Co-Founder and CEO 
Orchard Mile
Jennie Baik is an avid consumer technology and next generation retail strategist and currently serves as the CEO and Co-founder of Orchard Mile, a newly launched digital shopping experience that is the first and only fashion platform that allows women to shop the full assortment of their favorite contemporary and luxury brands’ sites, updated daily, in one place, with the ease of one checkout. 

Previous to her role at Orchard Mile, Ms. Baik served as the Head of Strategy for Burberry Americas from September 2012 to July 2014, where she focused on creating powerful brand experiences to position the company for multi-national growth. She also served in various positions in her four years at Omnicom Group; including as Director of Strategy & Business Development from 2010-2012, where she was responsible for the development and execution of a strategy to harness the power of big data to create targeted marketing campaigns.  While at Omnicom, Ms. Baik also led teams in architecting integrated marketing strategies, focusing on developing rich brand identities and communicating these stories both online and offline.  Ms. Baik also spent time as a management consultant at Booz Allen & Co. as well as in leveraged finance at Goldman Sachs prior to graduating from business school. 

Ms. Baik received her Masters degree from Harvard Business School in 2008 and also holds a BBA/BA in Business Honors and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin.   She is a frequent notable speaker at the annual Harvard Business School’s annual Dynamic Women in Business and the Retail and Luxury Goods conference, as well as the Luxury Marketing Council’s events in the New York area.

 Misaa Becker 
Director of Digital Marketing and Media 
Cle de Peau Beaute
Alex Cohen
 Alex Cohen 
Lead, Commercial Specialist 
Educated at Yale and Princeton and an innovative leader in New York’s commercial real estate community, Alex Cohen develops strategy, advises, manages and analyzes commercial office, retail and mixed-used acquisition and lease transactions for tenants, landlords and investors.

With a background in urban planning, Alex has 16 years of commercial real estate transaction negotiation, totaling ten million square feet. Alex has both extensive experience in launching international brands in the U.S. and a deep expertise in the marketing and repositioning of mixed use real estate. Alex’s unique perspective allows him to identify markets, brand buildings and plan space configurations with the potential to attract and retain talent and customers vital to the workplace and retail environments of the future. Alex is a recognized thought leader and frequent contributor and speaker in national and business media. His recent clients include Sennheiser, Unilever, Kering (Gucci), Canada Goose and CBS.
Dr. Manuel Garcia-Garcia
 Dr. Manuel Garcia-Garcia 
SVP, Research and Innovation: Global and Ad Effectiveness 
The Advertising Research Foundation
Dr. Garcia-Garcia is currently SVP, Research and Innovation: Global and Ad Effectiveness at the Advertising Research Foundation. In this role he works on mobile video ad effectiveness, cross platform advertising, multicultural marketing and other applications of neuroscience to advertising effectiveness. Previously, as a Neuroscience Director at Nielsen, he worked with an integrated research team to ensure the scientific integrity of the company’s project pipeline. As a strong thought leader, he leverages expertise in consumer neuroscience and best-practice research methodologies to drive the delivery of valuable, informed insights. As a public speaker, his work has been featured in multiple industry events such as Advertising Week, ARF ReThink! and Audience Measurement, ESOMAR, Neuromarketing World Forum, Univision Leading the Change, Nielsen C360 among many other global conferences. He has also led symposiums and run multiple presentations delivering his work at international neuroscience conferences.
Dr. Garcia-Garcia is also an Adjunct Professor of Consumer Neuroscience in the graduate school of NYU Stern School of Business. He has developed a textbook in the emerging field of Consumer Neuroscience, to be published by MIT Press, that aims at teaching future and present business leaders how neuroscience can help them understand their consumers and improve their marketing communication. Dr. Manuel Garcia-Garcia received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Barcelona in 2009.
 Stephanie Seliskar 
Digital Creative Director 
John Varvatos
 Bora Park Chow 
Luxury Partnerships 
Facebook – Instagram – Messenger
 Christopher Wallace 
eCommerce Coordinator 
Stephan Kanlian
 Stephan Kanlian 
Professor and Chairperson, Master's Degree Program: Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing and Management 
Fashion Institute of Technology
Professor Stephan Kanlian developed and serves as Chairperson of FIT's unique Master's degree program for emerging leaders in the cosmetics and fragrance.  As an industry think tank, the FIT Master’s program has organized business conferences, seminars, panels, and speaker series on topics including luxury branding, marketing, retailing, leadership and business innovation, in cooperation with leading firms that include Target, L’Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Estée Lauder, LVMH, Disney, Mastercard, Google, The Wharton School and IDEO.  Each year, the program’s graduates present innovative solutions to industry issues before an audience of more than 700 business executives.  Professor Kanlian previously held marketing and business development positions in the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. He is often called upon as an industry expert by the press and an invited speaker by groups such as American Express, The Wharton School, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and BBC Radio.  Professor Kanlian has served on the Board of Directors, Strategic Initiatives Committee,  and Annual Meeting Committee of the Personal Care Products Council based in Washington, D.C., and for the Fragrance Foundation, he has served for many years as a judge for the annual Fragrance Awards.
 Andrea Hadfield 
VP, eCommerce & Retail East, the Americas 
 Elizabeth Lunny 
VP, Luxury; Publisher 
The New York Times; T Magazine