London Business School

Retail & Luxury Goods
Conference

June 6, 2018
17:30 – 21:30

About

The future of physical retail

London Business School’s 5th Annual Retail & Luxury Goods Conference brings together MBA students from top European schools and industry professionals to explore the future of physical retail.

In the race to capture the opportunities in this space, disruptors are challenging all aspects of the traditional physical business model. The conference will showcase those winning this race, discuss the challenges facing them, and the opportunities of the future.

Speakers & Topics

Marco Gentile

President EMEIA

Burberry

In 2008 Marco joined Burberry in the EMEIA region where he covered different roles (mainly in retail) and from 2016 he holds the position of President of Europe, Middle East, India & Africa. Prior to Burberry, he spent 10 years in the Gucci group (now Kering) working for different brands, starting with finance and moving to commercial roles.

Evolving the physical retail landscape

Driven by consumer preferences and enabled by technological innovation, the way people will engage with the brick-and-mortar channels will be redefined in the years to come.

Philippe Warnery

Senior Vice President, UK & Ireland

Estée Lauder Companies

Philippe has been with the Estée Lauder Companies for almost 12 years, starting his career at the Company in 2006 as the Regional Director of Clinique Travel Retail in Singapore, before becoming the Vice President and General Manager of Origins International in New York. In 2013, Philippe took the role of Sr Vice President and General Manager of the Estée Lauder Companies in Canada before joining the UK & Ireland Region in 2017.

Hiba Siddiqui

Head of Strategy, Store of the Future

Farfetch

Hiba works at Farfetch in London where she heads the strategy team on its Store of the Future concept, an augmented retail solution that uses technology to enhance the retail experience. Her prior experience hails from Gucci in both Milan and Dubai, where she led numerous operational and strategic initiatives in Retail, Business Development, CRM, and Merchandising.

Graeme Russell

Head of Brand Communications

Bentley Motors

Graeme is based in London and serves as Head of Brand Communications for the global organisation at Bentley Motors. Prior to this role, he was the Chief Communications Officer for Bentley Motors Americas, and has worked in the international wine & spirits industry for Edrington.

Long-termism

How to lead in luxury at a time when fast fashion and discount retail dominates investor and consumer focus.

Chris Aubrey

Global Retail and Events Director

Dyson

Chris manages the development and implementation of the retail strategy for Dyson across three global regions. He and his team work to establish and scale Dyson owned retail stores, as well as improving the omnichannel experience. Chris has been at Dyson for four years and has worked both at Samsung and Adidas, focusing on consumer-facing activities in the retail environment.

Helen Brocklebank

CEO

Walpole

Helen joined Walpole as CEO in February 2017. Before Walpole, she ran her own content agency but spent much of her career in publishing, working with luxury brands. She also serves as the Chair to the Consumer Goods Advisory Group, All Party Parliamentary Group for International Trade and Investment and Duke of Edinburgh's Women in Business Committee.

Charlotte Keesing

Director of International and Public Affairs

Walpole

Charlotte is the Director of International and Public Affairs at Walpole, an industry association for the British Luxury sector, worth £32.2billion to the UK economy. It represents over 180-member companies, made up of luxury businesses and cultural institutions. Charlotte has worked at Walpole since 2006.

Andrew Glover

Partner

Oliver Wyman

Andrew is a Partner and Head of the London Office at Oliver Wyman. He has over 14 years of consulting experience working for such firms as McKinsey, PriceWaterhouse, and through his own boutique consultancy. Andrew has also spent and has spent over 12 years working in industry at Procter & Gamble, Sainsbury's, and Homebase. He has extensive knowledge in the consumer packaged goods, grocery, and non-food retail industries.

Agenda

17:30

Registration & Guest Arrivals

18:00

Opening Remarks

18:05

State of Retail Presentation

Andrew Glover

Oliver Wyman

18:45

Fireside Chat

Marco Gentile

Burberry

Helen Brocklebank

Walpole

19:15

Panel Discussion

Philippe Warnery

Estee Lauder

Chris Aubrey

Dyson

Charlotte Keesing (moderator)

Walpole

19:55

Short Break

20:05

Long Termism Presentation

Graeme Russell

Bentley Motors

20:35

Presentation

Hiba Siddiqui

Farfetch's Store of the Future

21:00

Networking reception

Organising Committee

The Retail & Luxury Goods Conference has been organised by members of the R&LG Club at London Business School

Hilary Peltz

Co-Chair, R&LG Conference

R&LG Club

Awarded London Business School’s Luxury and Retail Scholarship this year, Hilary joined the MBA programme with over six years of experience in luxury fashion, focused in North American wholesale for Women’s Ready-to-Wear. She’s worked at some of New York’s most prominent design houses including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and Donna Karan, and has built an extensive network and knowledge of the US retail market.

Freddie Briance

Co-Chair, R&LG Conference

R&LG Club

On graduating from Oxford University, Freddie joined Abercrombie & Fitch’s Leadership Development Graduate Programme where he ran the product and merchandising teams for the men’s global shirting, sweatshirt and active top categories. Following that he spent two years in the London startup space heading the operations of swimwear brand Kimberley London and subsequently developing a digital b2b performance coaching service.

Valeria Siguelboim

Co-Chair, R&LG Conference

R&LG Club

Valeria joined the MBA programme with over five years of experience in account management in the Retail and Consumer Goods industry, managing clients such as Walmart and Carrefour. Her career has been predominantly focused in the Food & Beverages sector in emerging markets. Following that, she founded a clothing brand devoted to create unique and sustainable garments.

Tom Ross

Treasurer

R&LG Club

Tom began his career as a Management Consultant with KPMG working predominantly with global clients in Retail and Consumer Goods. Tom has also worked with the global Telecommunications company BT plc as a commercial Finance Business Partner, leading a team with the financial responsibility for a multi-million-pound portfolio.

Mikhail Moudrakovski

Co-President

R&LG Club

Mikhail is a graduating London Business School MBA student and leading the Retail & Luxury Goods Club. Prior to LBS, Mikhail presented his own collections on Canadian runways and worked in apparel design, global sourcing and strategy at Roots Canada. He has undertaken multiple consulting projects for retail & consumer companies, and will continue post graduation at a strategy consulting firm.