Luxury Interactive 2018

October 15 - 16, 2018

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


Our Speakers


Rodney Williams
President & CEO, Belvedere Vodka
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Highly qualified marketing and brand management executive with over 20 years of experience at top companies in several industries. Prior to joining Moët Hennessy, served as SVP of Classics Brands at Jackson Family Wines (Kendall-Jackson). Previously, I worked at Addis Creson as a brand strategy consultant. Before that, I served as Senor Vice President of Robert Mondavi Lifestyle Brands at Constellation Wines, held executive positions with Efficas and Galileo Laboratories (VP at biotech startups), Chingari (VP at software startup), General Motors (led marketing of initial national launch of OnStar with ad campaign that garnered over 30 awards), Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products (led 1st share gain in 11 years for Band-Aid Brand as Group Product Director for Band-Aid/First Aid/Footcare franchises in the US and Canada), and Procter & Gamble (gained marketing chops on $1 billion Pampers business) as well as intern at GE (launch plans for energy-efficient lighting).

Mary Renner Beech
EVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Kate Spade
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.
Jeffrey Fowler
President, North America

Jeffery is the President of North America for Farfetch, the world’s largest luxury fashion marketplace, connecting over 700 boutique and brand partners with customers in more than 190 countries globally. Founded in 2008 with the vision of transforming the way people shop for fashion, Farfetch has quickly established a strong and dynamic global business with North America as its largest volume region. As head of that region, Jeffery works with a diverse and talented team across offices in NYC and LA to continue to build awareness of the Farfetch brand, amaze customers with seamless and personalized service and grow collaborative market share with boutique and brand partners.  

While with Farfetch in 2017, Jeffery was elected to the Board of Directors of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Couture Council, and was also selected by the editors of Women’s Wear Daily as one of the “40 Under 40” executives impacting the global fashion industry in their inaugural list of honorees.

Prior to joining Farfetch, Jeffery developed his career in the luxury goods sector with leadership roles at LVMH (Louis Vuitton & TAG Heuer), Richemont (Cartier) and Tesla. Before that, Jeffery spent two years as a management consultant with Bain & Company after earning his BA degree in English and American Literature & Languages from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Doug Zarkin
VP, CMO Pearle Vision

Recognized as a global strategic retail and brand marketing expert, Doug Zarkin has led the transformation of Pearle Vision’s global strategic marketing, e-commerce, visual merchandising, product promotion, and store design functions. His work in propelling Pearle Vision to its current status as the premier eye care brand is currently the subject of a Harvard Business case study on brand rejuvenation.

Mr. Zarkin has earned an impressive array of honors for his marketing and brand building work, including the Silver Clio Award, El Sol Award, Effie Award for Health Care Services Marketing (twice), WWD’s Best Executed Launch Strategy Award, the American Legacy’s Silver Halo Award for Cause Related Marketing, and the Bulldog Drummond Social Media Award for Best Social Media Platform. He’s also been named “Marketer of the Next Generation” by Brandweek and “One of the 15 to Watch” by The Young Marketing Newsletter.

His public presence includes appearances on all of the major broadcast networks; in Forbes, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post; and as a guest lecturer at many top universities, such as Harvard, NYU, Duke, Xavier, Miami of Ohio, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Kristina Buckley Kayel
VP, Communications
Van Cleef & Arpels
Kristina Buckley Kayel is an innovative and international brand building expert with extensive marketing and communications experience in taking preeminent European luxury brands-Baccarat, Salvatore Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and, currently, Van Cleef & Arpels- to the next level of brand awareness in the Americas market. A key factor in her success is steering such legacy companies through the digital landscape to distinctively and effectively convey their stories and values among existing, aspirational and the next generation of clients.

In building and leading a talented team of 14 at Van Cleef & Arpels, Kristina was the first to create roles for the Maison dedicated to digital media and strategy. She oversees and directs dynamic, award winning and industry recognized digital communication campaigns that integrate search, display and social media. They are distinctive in content and creative, selective in placement and partners, and ensure a call to action, generating excellent performance in website traffic, deeper engagement with the brand online, and growth of its social media communities.

Sonja Winther
Chantelle USA

Sonja Winther is the President of Chantelle Lingerie, Inc. (Chantelle USA), a subsidiary of the Chantelle Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of French lingerie. In addition to the U.S., Sonja also oversees the U.K. and Canada markets as a Zone Director, and serves on the Group’s Executive Committee, based in Paris, France.  She has been President of Chantelle USA since 1999, Zone Director since 2005, and on the Executive Committee since 2010.

Under Sonja’s direction and vision, Chantelle has become one of the leading brands sold in Upscale Department and Specialty Stores in the U.S. 

She began her career in Marketing in 1993 at L’OREAL, and later moved onto COACH Leatherware, where she held various Merchandising and Buying positions within both the International and Domestic Divisions. In 1997, she was hired by WARNACO, Inc., where she was a Director of Sales and Marketing for CALVIN KLEIN Men’s Accessories, while overseeing the growing Travel Retail business for Calvin Klein Women’s and Men’s Underwear. 

She holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and an M.B.A from the University of South Carolina, (MIBS - International Business School).

Sonja is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Jenny Oh
Chief Operating Officer

Jenny is Chief Operating Officer of Los Angeles-based Cult Gaia, maker of the "it" Ark bamboo bag.  In less than five years, Cult Gaia has grown into a lifestyle brand coveted by women around the world. The brand's ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories can be found at premiere retailers including Net-A-Porter, Lane Crawford, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, and beach resorts spanning from Bali to Tulum to Ibiza. 

Prior to CG, Jenny was President of women's luxury ready-to-wear label HANEY & Senior Director of International business at TheRealReal.  She has in-depth experience & expertise in omni-channel retail, global distribution and brand strategy.  

Jenny received her MBA from Columbia University and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, where she spends her free time on the beach with her boxer puppy Lani.  

Kristen Naiman
SVP Brand Creative
Kate Spade

Kristen Naiman is Senior Vice President of Brand Creative for kate spade new york.  She joined the company in July 2014 and is responsible for all creative marketing efforts. 

Kristen joined kate spade new york from Isaac Mizrahi where she oversaw the brand vision and creative process for more than eight years. She led a team of twenty-three across creative services, product design and merchandising. Prior to Isaac, Kristen was a freelance stylist working for Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W and Vanity Fair.  As a creative consultant, she worked with clients including the Gap and Madewell. Kristen began her career as an associate fashion editor at Condé Nast Sports for women and as a fashion editor at Nylon in its prototype stage. 

As kate spade new york collectively works to bring the interesting life to life, storytelling is central to the brand’s effort.  Under Kristen's leadership, the creative team ensures successful communication of the kate spade new york brand across every medium in which it engages.

Kristen earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research.

She currently resides in Brooklyn.

Stacy Mackler
Vice President, PR & Communications
Kevin Thompson
Chief Marketing Officer
Sotheby's International Realty
Puja Clarke
GM, Global Merchandise and E-Commerce

Experienced retail executive and product merchandiser with well-rounded experience and a proven track record in aggressively growing sales. Experience spans best-in-class luxury and high volume lifestyle brands with expertise across key global markets and channels, having been based in NewYork (Marc Jacobs International (LVMH Group), Prada USA, Abercrombie, American Eagle), London (Burberry), and Asia Pacific (Prada Asia Pacific). Experience in both regional and head office functions, fluency in coordinating global teams and working closely with design on developing high-taste, profitable and strategic product assortments. 

James Henderson
President, Commercial Operations

James Henderson joined XOJET in 2016 and in his capacity as President, Commercial Operations he is responsible for driving business growth, client engagement and the continued transformation of XOJET’s direct-to-client retail operations.

Mr. Henderson brings to XOJET more than 20 years of experience in general management, commercial operations leadership and business transformation. He also possesses an extensive background and proven track record leading businesses that serve Ultra High Net Worth clients.

Prior to XOJET, Mr. Henderson served as President & Chief Executive Officer – Americas for the Ferretti Group, a leading vertically-integrated yacht manufacturer. At Ferretti Group, he was responsible for overseeing brand building, client development, sales, service and pre-owned brokerage operations throughout North and Latin America. Before Ferretti Group, Mr. Henderson worked with a range of luxury goods and premium consumer products businesses, including five years with the Red Bull Sauber Petronas F1 team managing commercial operations. Mr. Henderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies from Aston University and a Masters in Business Administration from IMD.

Donny Perry
Head of Retail
Bang & Olufsen
Fredrik Bjork
The RealReal
Rati Levesque
Chief Merchant
The RealReal

Rati Levesque, Chief Merchant of The RealReal, is responsible for the merchandising, editorial and creative vision of the company. In her role she oversees all creative development, product merchandising, authentication, and customer experience. Rati joined The RealReal Founder and CEO Julie Wainwright in 2011 as the company's first employee and a catalyst to bringing Julie’s vision of a new way to buy and sell consigned luxury goods to life. Prior to joining The RealReal, Rati launched her first entrepreneurial endeavor with the fashion-forward Russian Hill boutique, Anica. Setting out to fill the void of avant-garde designers in the city, Anica acquired a significant following, especially for the store's luxury consignment selection. Prior to that, she worked in the financial industry, following her graduation from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received a degree in Economics. Rati is has been featured among business and fashion outlets including Bloomberg, Glossy, Fashionista, The Coveteur, ELLE, and more, offering expertise on all things luxury and consignment. She spoke at Fortune's 2016 Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit and was recognized by Luxury Daily as one of their 2015 Luxury Women to Watch. She was also part of the ShopStyle Advisory Board from 2015 - 2016. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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.
Evan Moore
VP, Product

Evan Moore is the VP of Digital Product at goop - Gwyneth Paltrow’s innovative contextual commerce lifestyle brand. As the head of the digital product team he oversees the development of goop’s digital platform and consumer experiences. Over the past year he has helped goop more than double its conversion rate, drive large improvements in retention and lifetime value, drastically ramp its paid marketing efforts, and grow engagement and traffic to meet steep display advertising inventory demands. Prior to joining goop, Evan was the Director of Product for Ticketmaster’s Commerce Platform - a set of services and API’s which handle more than $2 billion in transactions in the US alone. Evan has also spent time with other hyper-growth retail brands like Beautycounter and launched multiple consumer facing properties with e-commerce veteran Shopzilla (now Connexity). Evan loves tackling large strategic challenges with deep analysis, pragmatic solutions, and innovative ideas.

Lynn Lewis

Lewis has applied her background in operations, customer care and consulting to luxury lingerie. Over the past 4 years, she has added more brick-and-mortar locations to Journelle’s omnichannel business, which currently includes locations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, in addition to Her passion for enhancing store experience and leveraging consumer data drives all strategic initiatives for the Brand.

Javier Cedillo-Espin

Javier joined Onefinestay in July 2017 to lead the assimilation of Travel Keys, Squarebreak and onefinestay under the onefinestay brand. Javier brings to this role a diverse repertoire of experiences acquired in key global markets across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, with leading brands, including Starwood and AccorHotels. He's been at the helm of a number of roles in distribution, brand development, and regional management most recently acting as AccorHotels' Global Integration Officer post the acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. Javier is a graduate of the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, holds an Executive MBA from Essec-Mannheim Business School and a Diploma in Japanese Language from Hokuriku University. He is fluent in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Matthew Scanlan
CEO and Co-Founder

Naadam Co-Founder & CEO Matt Scanlan’s “Millennial Capitalism” is changing the 1,000 year old cashmere industry and is leading the way for sustainable sourcing across any category. Naadam is a brand specializing in rare cashmere sourced responsibly and sustainably from nomadic Mongolian herders. CEO and Co-Founder Matt Scanlan delivers beautiful product with unparalleled quality through a sourcing model that goes directly to the source and supports supply chain sustainability with non-profit work.  Matt founded the business by purchasing 40 tons of cashmere with millions in cash packed in plastic bags in the middle of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. His goal: create a higher quality cashmere product at an affordable price.  Naadam is all about supply chain sustainability. They support herders' livestock through microeconomic development, thereby gaining first access to the world’s finest fibers

Andrew Berg
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.
Mayi de la Vega
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Cuban American real estate powerhouse, Mayi de la Vega is the Founder and CEO of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty (ONE SIR), a Sotheby’s Auction House affiliate and leading luxury brokerage firm in South Florida, that’s recognized in the Sotheby’s International Realty international network as the 5th highest producing affiliate based on average sales pricing. As a true visionary, de la Vega founded the luxury brokerage firm back in 2008 during the depths of the country’s worst economic crash with one office and 30 agents, which today has flourished to 14 offices and more than 750 agents.

De la Vega’s entrepreneurial spirit sprouted at a young age alongside her father, who together co-founded Intercontinental Metals, a distributing company that sold aluminum sheet and plate to the aerospace industry, where she built an affluent network that led her into her following endeavor, luxury real estate.

Alongside her son, Daniel de la Vega, the current president of ONE SIR, and Mayi’s leadership, ONE SIR’s development division set the precedent in the luxury market with 15 revered, luxury pre-construction exclusive developments in Miami-Dade and Broward, holding the majority market share of luxury condominiums above the million-dollar mark in their portfolio, which account for more than $3.5 billion worth of real estate inventory.

De la Vega prides herself in building a sustainable lifestyle, network and community for her clientele and staff. ONE SIR is recognized as the true voice of luxury through de la Vega’s achievements of maximizing the prestigious reputation of the historic Sotheby’s Auction House, challenging the status quo within the Sotheby’s International Realty network with award-winning marketing methods, publishing of ONE LIFE magazine and her induction into the network’s elite Braintrust Consortium.

The woman entrepreneur, philanthropist, real estate expert and avid art collector dedicates a lot of her time traveling the globe, serving as the brand ambassador for ONE SIR, while marketing Miami as an international cultural mecca.

Aside from serving as CEO of her company in the luxury real estate industry, she also dedicates her time to the local community through charitable, philanthropic organizations and educational programs both domestic and international. De la Vega served on the Chair Committee for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, The Board of Trustees for FIU, as a “Guardian Angel” for Jackson Memorial and currently serves as a Board Member of CIFO and United Way.

She currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida.

Sophie Kahn

Founded in 2015 by Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui, AUrate is disrupting the traditional fine jewelry model by offering modern, essential pieces made from ethically-sourced high-quality materials at an accessible price point.  Sophie and Bouchra met at Princeton and then went on to careers at Marc Jacobs and Goldman Sachs respectively. One day they were at brunch lamenting how there were no fine jewelry brands that were doing modern design at an accessible price point. And that's where the idea for AUrate was born! They started the brand as a side hustle while still at Marc and Goldman, took classes at Parsons and then made the jump to full-time in 2017. Their dedication has made AUrate the first successful DTC omnichannel fine jewelry brand!

Ashley Merrill
Founder & CEO

In early 2012, Ashley Merrill glanced at herself in the mirror on her way to bed wearing her husband's oversized t-shirt and boxer briefs. She was suddenly aware of her careless sleepwear and how little her reflection resembled who she wanted to be. This realization sent her on a mission to find comfortable, flattering sleepwear but her only choices were uncomfortable, sexy lingerie or frumpy, traditional PJ's. The sleepwear options available didn’t match the woman Ashley wanted to be, an effortlessly cool, confident, and comfortable woman.


Ashley Merrill launched Lunya in 2014 with a clear conviction that women’s sleepwear was overdue for a fresh, modern perspective. She was a business leader with no clothing industry experience, but in October of 2012, she decided to take a leap and fulfill her longtime dream of becoming an entrepreneur.


Merrill founded Lunya after launching and managing online lifestyle destination Momtastic, for Evolve Media.  From 2007-2010, Merrill was Director of Business Development for Atomic Online and prior to that an analyst with an LA based Venture Capital Company. She received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from UCLA. Ashley Merrill lives in Santa Monica with her husband Marc, her son Linken, and daughter Vesper.

Heather Kaminetsky
Riley Home

Heather Kaminetsky founded Riley in March 2017 with a goal to shake up the bed & bath industry. In her role as founder and president, she oversees all aspects of Riley’s branding, marketing, operations, human resources, product development and global business strategy. Kaminetsky is also responsible for Riley’s charitable initiative, Blanket the City, a 5013c focused on giving back to the community in an impactful and creative way. 

Prior to starting Riley, Kaminetsky managed global marketing at Net-a-Porter for nearly four years. There, Kaminetsky supervised all sales, marketing and communication functions worldwide for the e-commerce giant, and led the company’s multiplying sales growth quarter over quarter. 

Before her time at Net-a-Porter, Kaminetsky worked as the Senior Vice President of Business Management at Borderfree, as well as Vice President of Marketing at Barneys New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York City. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. 

Tamera Ferro
Vice President, Digital Commerce & Marketing
Nili Lotan
Justin Sellman
EVP Sales, Marketing and Product
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.
Angela Gruszka
Marketing and Creative Vice President
ABC Carpet & Home
Scott Steever
Head of E-Commerce
ABC Carpet & Home
Srinivasan Rajamanickam
Senior Director
Lisa Caruso
Director of Communications
Mandarin Oriental New York

A seasoned PR and Marketing Communications professional with experience in the luxury lifestyle arena including travel, spa, destination, tourism and hospitality industries. I have mastered an expertise in not only creating and executing successful communications programs for spa, travel and destination brands, but also a high-level knowledge of the strategy required to maximize efforts and results.

I have taken great pride in being able to achieve amazing results, not only from the perspective of media placements in influential outlets, but also in elevating the brand image of my clients, maintaining that brand integrity and developing results-driven programs to impact their bottom line.

Alicia Parker
Director of Marketing
The Peninsula Hotels
Brian La Monica
Director of Revenue, Distribution, & e-Commerce
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Thais Schaller
E-Commerce Executive Director
Peter Thomas Roth

Thais Schaller is currently Executive Director, E-Commerce at Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care and June Jacobs Skin Care. Thais has worked on e-commerce and digital marketing for Lancome, Clarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel and Mana Products.  Thais holds a bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a masters in vocal performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.  Thais is also the Regional Coordinator in New York City for, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy.

Pamela Fishman Cianci
Director of Business Development and Partnerships
Hudson's Bay Company
Jamie Johns
Director of Merchandising

Jamie Johns is a Director of Merchandising at Birchbox, the pioneering beauty subscription service. A graduate of Columbia University and a Fulbright scholar, she joined Birchbox in 2014 after falling in love with Birchbox as a subscriber herself. Disrupting the top-down approach of the beauty industry, Birchbox uses customer data to create targeted and personalized beauty discovery boxes for an underengaged yet valuable consumer. Balancing market trends with a truly customer centric approach, Jamie works at the intersection of brands and customers. Through strategic sampling, education, and sales campaigns for both reference and niche brands, she has grown the business penetration and perspective of the skincare division at Birchbox.

Mari Corella
Head of Digital Merchandising
Al Tayer Group
Michaella Solar-March
Global Director of Member Events & Programming
Soho House
Ashley Kalus
Digital Brand Manager – Premium Spirits
Rémy Cointreau
Jennifer Wang
Co-Founder & CMO

Jennifer Wang is a powerhouse in the world of luxury online shopping. As the Co-Founder of, 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.

Jared Blank
SVP, Marketing & Insights
Krishna Patel
Senior Conference Producer

Krishna has held four of the following five jobs (one is something she decided at age 7 was the ultimate dream job): wildlife rescuer, Renaissance Fair wench, comic book store clerk, lawyer, and National Geographic photographer.  Which one is the fake, and why did she choose working on eTail Canada above all else?  Feel free to reach out and ask – that, and any other questions you may have!

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