Retail’s Big Show to Welcome Top International CEOs, Retail Leaders

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AN15_340x250Washington–The National Retail Federation will welcome industry leaders and CEOs from around the world to its upcoming 104th Annual Convention and EXPO. The four-day event boasts keynote addresses from top influencers including Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke as well as Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon and The Home Depot Chairman Frank Blake.

Retail’s BIG Show 2015 is expected to draw more than 31,000 attendees at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, January 11-14, 2015. The annual event brings together senior retail executives and their business partners, media and thousands of other retail professionals. The EXPO includes more than 570 exhibitors who showcase cutting-edge retail and technology solutions.

Scheduled keynote sessions include:

NRF Chairman’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sunday, Jan. 11, 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: NRF Chairman of the Board and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Saks, Inc. (Retired) Stephen I. Sadove

Game Changer: Loyalty and Performance Lessons from Passionate Sports Fandom
Sunday, Jan. 11, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Speakers: GENYOUth Foundation CEO Alexis Glick; Women’s Tennis Association Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster; German National Team General Manager Oliver Bierhoff; National Hockey League COO John Collins; San Francisco 49ers President Paraag Marathe; SAP Retail General Manager Pat Bakey; National Basketball Association Deputy Commissioner and COO Mark Tatum

Brick is the New Black: Reinventing the Brick-and-Mortar Experience
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Speakers: Walmart Former President and CEO Bill S. Simon; JDA Software Chairman of the Board and CEO Baljit Dail; Levi Strauss & Co. EVP and President, Levi’s Brand James Curleigh; Lippincott Senior Partner James Wright; and CNBC Correspondent and General Assignment Reporter Courtney Reagan

NRF President and CEO’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Monday, January 12, 2015 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay

Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities for Success: A Conversation with Dr. Ben S. Bernanke
Monday, January 12, 2015 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Speakers: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke; NRF Chairman of the Board and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Saks, Inc. (Retired) Stephen I. Sadove

NRF’s Annual Retail Leaders Awards Program
Monday, January 12, 2015 2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Honorees: The Home Depot Chairman Frank Blake; Groupe Galeries Lafayette Executive Chairman Phillippe Houzé; Warby Parker Co-Founder and Co-CEO David Gilboa; Warby Parker Co-Founder and Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal; Chico’s FAS Inc. President of Digital, CMO and EVP Miki Beradelli
Moderator: Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Claudio Del Vecchio

Unique and Distinct: The New Customer Experience
Monday, January 12, 2015 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: IBM Global Business Services Vice President, Global Industry Leader for Retail Jill Puleri, and Founder, Founding Chairman and current Chairman of Wayblazer, Terry Jones

Commerce in the Age of Flux
Wednesday, January 14, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Speaker: Fast Company Editor and Managing Director Robert Safian

Retail’s BIG Fast Track Program: Retail That Rocks!
Wednesday, January 14, 10:00 – 11:45 a.m

Speakers: Power Thinking Media Founder and CEO Todd Michaud; Wanelo Founder and CEO Deena Varshavskaya; Westfield Labs Executive Vice President, Global Chief Digital Officer Kevin McKenzie

Along with the keynotes, Retail’s BIG show will present a series of speakers and breakout sessions, networking events and the EXPO floor, which showcases cutting edge retail technology. BIG Show also brings together hundreds of talented students in a student program to learn about retail careers.




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