Luxury Interactive 2017

October 16-October 18, 2017

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

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Speakers:

Megan Kessler
Megan Kessler
Program Director
Luxury Interactive
A creative project manager and detail-oriented professional, Megan specializes in eCommerce and omni-channel market research to build robust conferences. From program writing to onsite execution, she enjoys collaborating with speakers for their insightful presentations and meeting as many attendees as possible. Often asked how she keeps up her infectious energy up onsite, Megan credits yoga, jamming to Beyoncé, and entertaining her toddler son.
Mike Perlis
Mike Perlis
Chairman and CEO
Forbes Media
Mike Perlis, Chairman and CEO of Forbes Media talks to entrepreneurs, business leaders, millennials, and the richest people in America every day. Through the Forbes 30 Under 30, a Forbes Media platform that recognizes 30 game changers in 20 industries all under 30 years old who are challenging the conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation of entrepreneurs, entertainers, educators and more, Mike has a unique touchpoint with millennials. Their ambitions are way bigger -- and perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in. Forbes itself lives in the luxury world and just celebrated 100 years of celebrating wealth. Mike can speak to what’s changed, the Forbes interaction with digital and what hasn’t changed over 100 years. As much as things have changed over the past 100 years, the mission of Forbes – success, entrepreneurialism and capitalists – has not changed – digital notwithstanding!
Martin Gilliard
Martin Gilliard
CIO and SEVP
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
CMO
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.
Antonio Carriero
Antonio Carriero
CIO
Salvatore Ferragamo
Rachel Waller
Rachel Waller
Global Director of Online Communications
FARFETCH
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, RitzCarlton.com
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 worked at Amazon and Bloomingdale’s, where she held positions in marketing, operations and merchandise planning. Before embarking on her corporate career, Liana had an e-commerce business that sold designer accessories.
Guido Campello
Guido Campello
CEO
Cosabella
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
CEO
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 cosbar.com; 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 DermStore.com, 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
President
Robert Graham
Andrew Berg joined Robert Graham as President in early 2016 with the objective of leveraging the brand’s well-established omni-channel distribution strategy across retail, wholesale and eCommerce channels while maintaining its strong individual brand DNA. Andrew has a 20-year proven track record as a retail brand leader executing successful merchandising, marketing and branding initiatives for premium retail omni-channel businesses.

Before joining Robert Graham, Mr. Berg held the position of Senior Vice President of Menswear at Theory, where he led the global Theory Men’s organization to significant sales and profit growth across the wholesale, retail, e-commerce and international channels. Mr. Berg refined and elevated the brand’s positioning and launched new product categories including footwear, accessories, formalwear and Theory+. Previously, Mr. Berg worked with other leading global brands, most notably, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap, Inc.
Charlie Cole
Charlie Cole
Chief Digital Officer
Tumi
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.
Suzanne Hader
Suzanne Hader
CMO
John Hardy
Lisa Bridgett
Lisa Bridgett
COO
The Modist
Lisa Bridgett brings 10 years of fashion and digital experience to The Modist team. Appointed Global Sales and Marketing Director at Net-a-Porter in 2012, she drove sales and marketing activity worldwide. Prior to this as Senior Director of eCommerce and Digital Marketing at Ralph Lauren, she helped launch the fashion designer’s online stores in Europe. Previously, she served as Global Director of Digital Marketing at EMI Music and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland, an MSc. from London School of Economics and a BCom LLB in Law from South Africa.
Jessica Rotnicki
Jessica Rotnicki
SVP, North America eCommerce
Estee Lauder Companies
Jessica Rotnicki is Senior Vice-President of Brand Sites and Retailer.com at The Estee Lauder Companies. She is responsible for leading up the North America eCommerce and Retailer.com business strategy across the portfolio in conjunction with brands, with emphasis on delivering share growth and financial sales goals. Her experience building the Online and Omni collaboration between retail partners has been a critical piece to ELC’s success in growing the online retail beauty category. Jessica began her career as one of three leaders launching the first presence of Macys.com based in San Francisco with Macy's West and then relocated to New York where she launched Clinique.com in the late 90's. Soon after, she added global responsibility with Bobbi Brown online and continued to work alongside many new brand acquisitions within ELC. Jessica was appointed to SVP NA in 2014 and continues to focus on online retail innovation and growth for the ELC brand through both direct to consumer and NA retailer expansion.
Robert Willey
Robert Willey
CMO
Spring
Robert joins as the Chief Marketing Officer of Spring, responsible for building the brand and driving growth across all channels. Previously he was Vice President of Marketing for TaskRabbit, where he ran all parts of the marketing team to establish the brand as a leader in the sharing economy. Rob also served as GM, e-commerce and Head of Digital at Method, a pioneering brand of premium environmentally-conscious and design-driven home care. His 15 years of experience also includes consulting and agency leads for global campaigns with Cadillac, Nike and Procter & Gamble. Rob has his BS from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, MBA from Columbia University. Rob is returning to New York City from San Francisco with his wife, son and French bulldog.
Bora Park Chow
Bora Park Chow
Luxury Partnerships
Facebook – Instagram – Messenger
Bora oversees luxury partnerships for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. In this role, Bora is responsible for transforming legacy luxury brands into best in class mobile marketers across Facebook’s platforms. Prior to joining Facebook, Bora oversaw all global advertising and marketing partnerships at Vogue. Bora has over 12 years experience in luxury and has worked with top leading luxury brands in fashion, beauty and retail.
Allegra Farina
Allegra Farina
Marketing & Digital Director
Proenza Schouler
Vivienne So
Vivienne So
eCommerce Manager
Frette
Vivienne is currently the E-Commerce Manager at Frette, the leader in luxury linens since 1860. She isr esponsible for e-commerce, and digital and omni-channel marketing in North America. Prior to joining Frette, Vivienne thrived in fashion, from overseeing e-commerce at a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winning label to co-founding a direct-to-consumer fashion jewelry brand that earned features in the New York Times, Refinery29, InStyle, and more.
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
GHRUKA
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 Ghurka.com. 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
Eneuri Acosta
Eneuri Acosta
COO
Hodinkee
Eneuri Acosta thrives at being a strategic marketing, communications and business leader. He is driven to connect; with a deep understanding of luxury brands, large corporations, cultural trendsetters and consumers. Currently, Eneuri is Chief Operating Officer at HODINKEE, a digital magazine and content platform for all things luxury wristwatches—trends, editorials, resources, e-commerce, etc.—where he activates continued growth of all aspects of the brand. Prior to HODINKEE, Eneuri was Global Manager of Marketing Communications for Cadillac where he helped develop and implement strategies to re-introduce the storied brand to a new generation of consumers. Over the years, he filled a number of key positions within Cadillac managing overall brand communications, including campaigns for fashion and art partnerships, and the brand’s main advertising initiative, “Dare Greatly.” Eneuri also led Cadillac’s lifestyle communications work managing influencer marketing.
Daria Fain
Daria Fain
Director of eCommerce & Digital
Jonathan Simkhai
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Head of eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Cushnie et Ochs
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
LAGOS
For over 15 years, Amanda Willinger has lent her exacting eye and creative vision to almost every facet of the global luxury business. She began her career in the fine art world, working for esteemed companies such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Philips where she oversaw all content creation and marketing, and maximized brand visibility through public relations, events and e-commerce. She then pivoted to luxury retail at such global brands as Tumi, David Yurman and Ippolita, where she oversaw all creative direction across multiple facets, including global advertising, digital development, and international points of sale. Ms. Willinger is currently the vice president of public relations, digital and e-commerce at LAGOS fine jewelry. She oversees all pr, e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, crm, technology & innovation for the brand. Last year, she oversaw a complete site re-platform & redesign, which resulted in triple digit revenue growth. Ms. Willinger is based in New York.
Christopher Cocca
Christopher Cocca
Senior Director, Digital
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Chris Cocca leads the global ecommerce, digital marketing and digital product teams at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Prior to Four Seasons, Chris worked in strategy and UX roles at Big Spaceship, a New York based digital agency, and at Rogers Media in Toronto.
Scott Steever
Scott Steever
Head of E-Commerce
ABC Carpet & Home
Angela Gruszka
Angela Gruszka
VP Marketing + Creative
ABC Carpet and Home
Noah Goldberg
Noah Goldberg
VP eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Psycho Bunny
Debbie Johnsen
Debbie Johnsen
Digital Marketing Director
The Watergate Hotel
Debbie Johnsen is currently Digital Marketing Director for The Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. She has worked on both the client and agency side in digital marketing for travel, arts and entertainment brands since 2000.

She is also Adjunct Faculty at N.Y.U., and teaches E-Commerce Marketing in the School of Professional Studies Integrated Marketing Master’s degree program.

Debbie is a native New Yorker and an N.Y.U graduate. She has appeared as a speaker on the topics of Multi-Channel Marketing and Luxury Marketing at Internet Retailer, Luxury Interactive, e-Tail West and other conferences.
Sarah LaFleur
Sarah LaFleur
CEO
MM.LaFleur
Before founding MM.LaFleur, Sarah worked in the luxury goods group of Starwood Capital in New York and Paris. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at Bain & Co. and TechnoServe, where she advised consumer packaged goods and financial services companies as well as agribusinesses. She graduated from Harvard and sits on the junior board of the International Rescue Committee. MM.LaFleur is named after her mother, whom she calls her biggest inspiration.
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.
Oscar C. Guerrero
Oscar C. Guerrero
Sr. Manager, Consumer Insights and Loyalty
Crystal Cruises
Oscar Guerrero is the Brand Loyalty and Consumer Insights Manager at Crystal Cruises L.L.C, leading market & consumer insights and loyalty marketing. He is responsible for providing best-in-class data driven market and consumer insights, including the re-design and evolution of the Crystal Society loyalty program.

Oscar began his career overseas, with Marketing and Business Development roles at China’s premier Sports Marketing agency, OCEANS. In 2013, Oscar joined Royal Caribbean International in Miami, FL, where he led global research and marketing communications before joining Crystal Cruises in late 2016.
Christopher Wallace
Christopher Wallace
eCommerce Coordinator
Versace
Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins
President & CEO
Sentient Jet

Andrew Collins is the President and CEO of Sentient Jet, one of the world’s largest private aviation companies. Founded in 1999, Sentient invented the Jet Card model of flying and offers programs which provide industry-leading value and service for private jet travelers. The company is privately held by Directional Aviation Capital and today serves over 5,000 cardholders with annual revenues in excess of $200MM.

Prior to becoming the President of Sentient Jet, Andrew Collins was the Vice President of Revenue Management for the Company. As Vice President, Andrew was responsible for a fifty-person revenue generation and customer acquisition team, including Sales, Sales Operations, CRM, Marketing, Business Development and Client Account Management. Previous to this role, Andrew led Sentient Jet's product management efforts and created the company's original web marketing strategy.

With extensive additional experience in software and Internet-related technologies, Collins has helped lead, establish or improve upon a number of prominent, venture-backed technology enterprises.

Christopher Barefoot
Christopher Barefoot
VP, Communications & Guest Relations
Opus One
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.
Tara Brannigan
Tara Brannigan
Head of Marketing Book by Cadillac
Cadillac
Tara Brannigan currently leads marketing for BOOK by Cadillac, a first-of-its-kind luxury vehicle subscription service. This innovative service is one of the ways Cadillac is reinventing its iconic status by adapting to changing customer behavior. With over fifteen years of experience across a variety of industries, she has developed brands and re-imagined products at Johnson & Johnson, American Express, and Linens ‘n Things. Tara has cultivated an expertise in identifying the wants and needs of customers and translating those into marketing strategy that drives innovation. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA from Barnard College. Based in New York, she resides in Brooklyn, and enjoys sailing in Long Island.
Stephanie Seliskar
Stephanie Seliskar
Digital Creative Director
John Varvatos
Matthew Burton
Matthew Burton
Director, Digital Strategy & Experience
EQUINOX
As Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation for Equinox, Matt is able to fuse two of his key passions, fitness and technology. He is part of the team leading the digital transformation at Equinox, and currently oversees the management, enhancement and marketing of Equinox’s digital platforms as well as strategic initiatives to help drive new customer acquisitions and elevate the member experience. Prior to his current role at Equinox, Matt worked at American Express in roles within digital marketing, product management, member experience and social media, and at Major League Baseball, focusing on marketing communications.
Haley Melander
Haley Melander
Digital Strategy &Innovation
EQUINOX
Haley Melander is responsible for shaping and supporting the strategic development and evaluation of digital marketing projects at Equinox. She leads and executes SEO, personalization, AB testing and content management for Equinox.com and the Eqx App. Prior to her current role, Haley worked in E-commerce for some of the top global fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Lane Bryant.
Felipe Araujo
Felipe Araujo
Director of Ecommerce
Diane von Furstenberg
Francois Olivier Luiggi
Francois Olivier Luiggi
General Manager
The Pierre Hotel
Francois Olivier Luiggi, General Manager of The Pierre Hotel can speak to the challenges of staying a high-touch, five-star luxury brand in a digital age. While many functions in hotels have gotten more efficient as the digital age has influenced the way we do business, to be a five-star luxury brand requires a level of service that goes beyond digital efficiency.
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.
Elizabeth Monson
Elizabeth Monson
Director Marketing
Rockets of Awesome
Current Director Marketing for Rockets of Awesome, The Smarter Way to Shop for Kids. Former Director of Marketing at Lou & Grey. Launched and grew Ralph Lauren’s social media presence for over 3 years. Named a top NYC Instagrammer to follow by Refinery29. Named a top Pinterest account to follow by Huffington Post.
Elizabeth Lunny
Elizabeth Lunny
VP, Luxury; Publisher
The New York Times; T Magazine
Elizabeth Webbe Lunny is the vice president of Luxury and the publisher of T Magazine for The New York Times. She joined The Times in March 2016 to assume these roles. Her experience has lent itself to driving digital, activating integrated strategies across media platforms, managing teams, defining and marketing brands and growing revenue in both startup and mature organizations.
Stephan Kanlian
Stephan Kanlian
Professor and Chairperson, Master's Degree Program: Cosmetics & Fragrance M
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.
Pragati Ruia
Pragati Ruia
Senior Global Brand Development Manager
Unilever
Ms. Ruia is currently a Senior Global Brand Development Manager at Unilever, working on the Vaseline brand. In this role, she stewards the global petroleum jelly business and drives the brand’s corporate social responsibility agenda. Her responsibilities entail leveraging non-innovation led initiatives in order to grow the brand in profitable ways that also have a positive impact on the world. Ms. Ruia’s career path, including a previous rotation at Dove, reflects her passion for sustainability and promotion of brands that impact the lives of consumers in positive ways. In prior roles, she created award-winning mixes for multiple global markets that brought brand equity and sales together. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ms. Ruia graduated from the London School of Economics with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, she began her career with Unilever in London in the hair category. After joining Unilever in the US, she earned a Master of Professional Studies degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at FIT, graduating in June 2017. Ms. Ruia is fluent in Hindi and in her spare time loves to travel and explore different cultures.
Crystal Sai
Crystal Sai
Director, Marketing- Makeup & Fragrance
Estée Lauder North America
Ms. Sai recently transitioned into a Marketing Director role for Estée Lauder North America, managing Makeup and Fragrance. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Global Business Planning for MAC Cosmetics. She began her career in retail, with buying, planning, and merchandising positions at Robinson’s May, Macy’s, and Ross Stores Inc. Ms. Sai earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a Marketing and Promotion Strategy concentration, from the University of Southern California. She was the first person to earn two Master of Professional Studies degrees from FIT, completing her first MPS in 2010 for Global Fashion Management - a joint Master’s program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, and her second this past June in FIT’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management Master’s Program
Morgan Hagney
Morgan Hagney
Senior Marketing Manager
L’Oréal Paris Cosmetics
Ms. Hagney is a Senior Marketing Manager for L’Oréal Paris Cosmetics, responsible for managing the True Match Face franchise. In this role, she is responsible for proposing and implementing the US brand strategy and go-to-market executions, while maintaining profitability across key pillars of the business. She was instrumental in developing the 2017 True Match communication campaign, securing its position as the #1 face cosmetics brand in mass distribution. Ms. Hagney joined L’Oréal in 2014, expanding her expertise into cosmetics, managing the L’Oréal Paris US eyeliner and eyeshadow categories. There, she oversaw US product innovation and operational marketing, creating first-to-market content and mobile applications for the #1 cosmetics launch of 2015, Colour Riche La Palette. Ms. Hagney began her beauty industry career at Elizabeth Arden, where she managed iconic lifestyle and celebrity fragrance portfolios, including Juicy Couture, Elizabeth Taylor, and Britney Spears. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University in Communications with a minor in Spanish, studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, for 12 months, and completed an internship at Glamour Magazine. Most recently, Ms. Hagney received a Master of Professional Studies degree at FIT in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management, completed in June 2017.
Grace Gordon
Grace Gordon
Global Marketing Manager
Estée Lauder
Ms. Gordon is currently a Brand Manager at Estée Lauder, working in global marketing for the company’s designer fragrance division. In this role, she drives product innovation and the global strategy for Donna Karan and DKNY Fragrances. Previously, Ms. Gordon was an Assistant Brand Manager at Coty, where she worked in global marketing on the company’s marquee brand, Calvin Klein, driving innovation behind the iconic Obsession and Eternity franchises. Ms. Gordon started her beauty career education early, attending a perfume school in Grasse, France, while still a high school student. She continued her education by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Art History and Economics from Williams College, where she was also a varsity athlete and a member of the Dean’s List. In addition, in June 2017, Ms. Gordon completed a Master of Professional Studies degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at FIT. She is on the Estée Lauder GIS millennial advisory board and sits on the advisory council of the Metropolitan College of New York. In her spare time, Ms. Gordon enjoys playing golf with President Barack Obama, the first time when he was running for state senate and the second when he was running for the White House; he has since gone on to do great things.
Dr. Horst Stipp
Dr. Horst Stipp
EVP, Research & Innovation:Global & Ad Effectiveness
The Advertising Research Foundation
Horst Stipp joined The Advertising Research Foundation in January 2011 after a long career at NBC Universal. Currently, he serves in the ARF’s Research and Innovation team as EVP Global & Ad Effectiveness. Stipp received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University and has been involved in media research for 40 years. Before retiring from NBC Universal, he was SVP, Strategic Insights and Innovation, in the network’s research department. His publications cover a wide range of topics and he frequently presents at conferences, both in the US and in Europe. Recently, his work has focused on media use and advertising in the digital age as well as the application of neuroscience-based methods to marketing. Stipp’s teaching experience includes a seminar on media metrics at Columbia University’s Business School from 2000-2010. He is a recipient of an ARF Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).
Alex Cohen
Alex Cohen
Lead, Commercial Specialist
CORE
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.
Amy Romero
Amy Romero
CMO
CreativeDrive
Amy is the CMO of CreativeDrive, a global, technology-driven content creation company comprised of accomplished artists based throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. CreativeDrive focuses on producing high-end, bespoke content smarter by building end-to-end efficiency into the creative process.
Mark Miller
Mark Miller
Chief Strategy Officer
Team One
Working for more than 20 years in the communications industry, in both Canada and the United States, Mark has achieved a reputation for intersecting creativity with intelligence to help global brands drive change. His thinking has been recognized in North America by many of the most significant competitions in marketing and advertising such as the ARF David Ogilvy Awards for Excellence in Advertising Research, the Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence and the Effie Awards given for marketing effectiveness. Recently, his insights work around the shared values of the Global Affluent Tribe, affluent people more connected by the things they love than by the places they live, was distinguished by The Internationalist magazine. Mark was named a Trendsetter and an Agency Innovator by The Internationalist for thought leadership on global branding. Currently, Mark and his strategy team at Team One, Publicis Groupe’s premium and luxury brand agency with global expertise in premium categories and aspirational consumers, are leading a pioneering study on what it means for marketers and brands to create legacy in the age of now. The study examines legacy authors, legacy assemblers and legacy artifacts. That is, the people writing history every day, the people they inspire to bring the past forward, plus the physical and digital products and experiences they (co-)create to build a lasting legacy. If conventionally, legacy refers to the past, the goal of this new study is to understand it, unconventionally, as a still-vital part of today. Mark’s legacy work, like the Global Affluent Tribe research study, is not characteristic of the thinking done by most ad agencies. However, it is characteristic of the approach taken by Mark, his team of strategists, and everyone at Team One, as part of a commitment to sparking more brand conversations worth having.
Scott Eagle
Scott Eagle
Co-founder & COO
12 Digit Marketing, A Westfield Retail Solutions Company
With a vision to transform the way retailers and brands engage their shared customers, Scott Eagle co-founded 12 Digit Marketing. Scott serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for all aspects of 12 Digit Marketing operations and product development. He formed 12 Digit Marketing in 2015, co-leading the team from an early stage startup to an innovative technology company acquired by Westfield Retail Solutions in February 2017. Prior to 12 Digit Marketing, Scott spent over 25 years as a marketing leader managing major Fortune 500 brands and building successful new companies. Recently, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Conversant Media (formerly ValueClick, Inc.) where he led the marketing team through a global rebrand. Prior to Conversant, Scott held executive leadership positions including Chief Marketing Officer of Empowered Careers Inc. and Chief Marketing Officer of eHarmony.com. Scott began his career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in brand marketing and new product development.
Jennifer Wang
Jennifer Wang
Co-Founder & CMO
Dealmoon.com

Jennifer Wang is a powerhouse in the world of luxury online shopping. As the Co-Founder of Dealmoon.com, she is a relationship arbiter between 3,000+ of the world’s most coveted brands and 15M voracious Chinese-American shoppers who peruse her site monthly. Wang makes dreams come true for her customers, serving up deals and exclusives on luxuries via the largest shopping advisory site for Chinese Americans, with over 5 million followers on the Weibo social network, and more than 2 million app installations.

The elegant executive has a lot to say about the nature of e-commerce and the mind of the highly sought after Chinese-American demographic; mostly because she is an immigrant herself.  Wang has deep intel on this brand-centric shopper which has resulted in the Dealmoon customer becoming one of the highest average order value shoppers on the web. Under her direction, Dealmoon has sold billions of dollars of product to this consumer for some of America’s most cherished brands.

Wang is insightful, courageous and unstoppable. Her expertise in marketing includes developing social networks and compelling content that converts, robust mobile revenue models, international sales, and using online methods to drive brick and mortar sales.

W. Joe DeMiero
W. Joe DeMiero
Managing Director, Digital
Team One
Digital ninja, basset hound rescuer, husband, amateur wine snob, Seattle-native, and USC Trojan. By day, Joe is head of digital at Team One (Saatchi & Saatchi/Publicis Groupe’s premium, luxury, and aspirational brand agency), where he leads a talented, multi-disciplinary team of strategists, creatives, and technologists, and works with clients like Lexus and The Ritz-Carlton. By night, Joe is Head of TiltShift, Publicis Groupe’s new VR/immersive reality consultancy and production studio. Before joining Team One, Joe opened and led the Razorfish Los Angeles office, where he managed the Honda and Acura digital agency of record account. He led the T-Mobile digital account, during its industry-revolutionizing “Un-carrier” brand re-launch, and has worked with companies like Visa, Amazon, and Qualcomm. In addition, Joe has a passion for the arts. He founded the world’s largest non-profit educational jazz festival in honor of his father, Frank; and during his time at Seattle-based digital agency POP, his team developed and managed the websites, mobile apps, e-commerce, and email programs for organizations like Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Opera House, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Tim Bryan
Tim Bryan
Chief Revenue Officer
Custora
Tim Bryan is the Chief Revenue Officer at Custora. He has spent the last two years helping Custora establish itself as the leading customer analytics platform for retailers. Prior to working for Custora, he was the Chief Revenue Officer at Moveable Ink. He has also worked in media sales and advertising for Time, Inc., A&E, and The New York Times. Tim has a Bachelors of Art in English from Syracuse University. Tim lives in New York City with his wife and daughter Phoebe.
Graham Cooke
Graham Cooke
CEO and Founder
Qubit
Graham Cooke is the Chief Executive Officer at Qubit, the leading technology for companies to build personalization at scale. In 2010, Cooke left Google after five years and founded Qubit to help companies develop the most intelligent understanding of their website visitors. Once that deep understanding has been established, Qubit can then precisely match that visitor with the widest range of personalization experiences, and influence behavior at scale to significantly drive revenue growth. An industry leader and in demand figure on the speaking circuit, Cooke is also seen as a strategic partner and counsel to some of the world’s most sophisticated ecommerce businesses, and governments, as they seek to understand data, AI, personalization and the future of commerce. Under Cooke, Qubit has more than doubled every year and is enabling enterprises to win and retain customers by having a focus on multi-channel personalization. In a typical month, Qubit’s platform influences over US$2.4billion in sales and 28 billion individual user experiences across a customer base of almost 300 customers including, Emirates, Ulta Beauty, Spirit Airlines, John Lewis, Ladbrokes Coral, Ubisoft NET-A-PORTER, and UNIQLO.
Jeff Cashman
Jeff Cashman
SVP, Business Development
Manhattan Associates
Jeff Cashman serves as Manhattan Associates' senior vice president of business development. Mr. Cashman joined Manhattan Associates in January 2005 from MAPICS(now Infor) that specializes in enterprise resource planning software solutions for manufacturing companies. Mr. Cashman served as their GM of International Operations, vice president of professional services and chief marketing officer. Prior to MAPICS, Mr. Cashman held senior executive positions at Viewlocity, a supply-chain event management software solutions company and as senior vice president of marketing and business development at McHugh Software (now Red Prairie/JDA). Mr. Cashman started his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he spent more than a decade in their global distribution/logistics software organization and supply chain strategy practices. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Francis X. Scire, Jr.
Francis X. Scire, Jr.
VP of Leasing
UpMarkets, a division of WS Development
Francis Scire has over 25 years of experience in the retail real estate industry. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Leasing for the UpMarkets division of Boston based WS Development (a privately held real estate development company with 98 properties and 24 million square feet in various stages of development and redevelopment). Francis currently overseeing the redevelopment of The Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach Florida, a historic waterfront 1950s shopping center positioned for a rebirth in the Fall of 2017. Francis was previously a Vice President of Leasing and Luxury Accounts for Simon Property Group based in the company's Manhattan office. While at Simon, Francis completed the redevelopment of the iconic American shopping center, Roosevelt Field. Prior to his 10-year tenure with Simon, Francis worked for Cornish Associates as part of the leadership team that revitalized Westminster Street in Downtown Providence, creating the "Downcity" neighborhood.
Cathaleen Chen
Cathaleen Chen
Consumer Reporter
TheStreet.com
Cathaleen Chen is a consumer reporter for TheStreet, where she covers retail stocks, consumer trends, and corporate governance.
Jean Palmieri
Jean Palmieri
Senior Editor, Men’s
Women’s Wear Daily
Jean Palmieri is senior editor of men’s for Women’s Wear Daily and managing editor of M Collections, divisions of Fairchild Publications. She was instrumental in spearheading the integration of men’s wear into Women’s Wear Daily following the closure of DNR, the company’s standalone men’s publication, in 2008. She serves as the primary editorial liaison between the men’s wear industry and the publication and is responsible for coordinating daily men’s wear coverage by working with reporters in the U.S. and internationally to identify news and craft the final product. She also reports and writes breaking news stories as well as thoughtful analytical pieces on the state of the fashion industry, creates provocative social media content for the WWD.com Web site, including videos and slide shows.
Thom O’Leary
Thom O’Leary
President
The Fixer Group
Thom O’Leary is the President of FIXER Group Consulting, based in Connecticut. He specializes in e-commerce expansion for jewelry and apparel clients, and helps already successful stores to reach their full potential of growth with marketing and tech solutions. When you don’t know exactly what kind of e-commerce help you need, you probably need a FIXER.
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