9th Annual
Executive Forum

Monterey, California | May 29-31, 2019


About Executive Forum

The RetailNext Annual Executive Forum brings together shopper experience advocates, retail transformation evangelists and data mavericks to deepen conversations around the state of retail and what the future holds. Expect thought-provoking keynotes, ROI-driving case studies, an eye-opening technology innovation showcase and a no-holds-barred look at the future of retail. Please join us in Monterey from May 29 - 31, 2019. We can't wait!




Enjoy three full days in Monterey with top industry leaders.



Gain a deeper understanding of how to best leverage data reflecting in-store shopping behavior and more.



Network and connect with retailers during the event.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
10:30am - 4:00pm
RetailNext Open
Golfers meet in the lobby for departure.
Venue: Poppy Hills - Pebble Beach, CA

Shotgun start: 11:30am

Poppy Hills Golf Course is the newest golf course in Pebble Beach, California after undergoing an extensive 13-month renovation that was completed in April 2014. The original Poppy Hills was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and opened in 1986.

11:00am - 3:30pm
Depart for Activity
Guests meet in lobby for departure.
Venue: Locations may vary.

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Reception
Venue: Monterey Plaza, Central Upper Plaza

Dinner served throughout.
The Central Upper Plaza is located ocean side of the Monterey Plaza.
Attire: Business Cocktail

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Sponsored by: US Infocomm
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

8:30am - 4:45pm
General Session
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

The connected journey - how today's consumer thinks about retail, and how retailers are responding.

CEO Overview & Panel
Alexei Agratchev, CEO & Co-Founder, RetailNext
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

The lines between retail and experience, landlords and tenants, and old school vs. new continue to blur. Retail evolves in exciting ways, and this panel of senior executives will explore what's working, what's not and what retailers need to do to ensure success.

Blurred Lines
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Large Mall Retailer
There continues to be a lot of conversation around the reinvention of the shopping mall and this conversation will be no different.

Beyond the Lease Line, Malls as Innovators
The past year saw the birth of a multitude of new formats of retail innovation. From pop-up shops and high-end restaurants to mixed-used spaces and virtual reality experiences, nearly everyone wants to get into the innovation game. Join these mall operators and retail innovators as they discuss what they've been working on and what else is up their sleeves.

Retailer Showcase
Networking Break Sponsored by: Kinettix

This extended networking break provides ample time to connect with colleagues as well as explore the Retailer Showcase. The Retailer Showcase focuses on some of our most innovative retail partners sharing what RetailNext is doing with them along with other technology innovators.

Models for Retail Reinvention
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Reinvention of Tanaka Magane
How do you transition a 100-plus-year-old optical retailer into a cool and modern brand? Join Damian Hall, President and CEO of Tanaka Magane, as he takes you through the brand's modern revolution.

Winning Formulas: Influencers, Data Driven Brands, Transparency
What does it take to build a brand in today's millennial and Gen Z world? Influencers, data and product transparency all play parts, but what works best, and are there formulas that are universal?

Today's Store Associate
Good in-store teams have always been key to a retailer's success, but the playing field has changed. Associates now expect more, and emerging technologies empower a different kind of success. Join this all-star team of retailers as they cover topics ranging from associates as influencers to letting teams determine their own schedules (and making it work).

Sponsored by: SATO Global Solutions
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

Blurring Geographic Boundaries
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

New Retail Evolution in China
The retail ecosystem in China is exploding, expanding exponentially across its vast geography. Learn how Cue, RetailNext's strategic development partner in China, considers the Chinese shoppers' connected journey, approaches comprehensive retail analytics, and advances shopper understanding in global retail's new frontier.

Case Study in Analytics - Hankyu
Learn how the largest department store in Japan leverages analytics to better understand its shoppers, driving performance through data insights and long-term strategic thinking.

Erasing of Boundaries
How does a retailer successfully establish and build upon its brand beyond the borders of its home country? Join this group of global retail leaders as they discuss how they think about their businesses around the world.

Retailer Showcase
Networking Break Sponsored by: Kinnetix

This extended networking break provides ample time to connect with colleagues as well as explore the Retailer Showcase. The Retailer Showcase focuses on some of our most innovative retail partners sharing what RetailNext is doing with them along with other technology innovators.

Retailers as Technologists
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Valuing the Creators
Technology investments are driving valuations for retailers across the board - from legacy companies all the way down to digital startups. The big question is "Where does the valuation come from? Is it the retail idea, the operational excellence, the consumer connection or the tech itself"? This panel of financial experts will discuss how retailers should be thinking about technology investments and how these investments drive valuation.

Making the Smart Bets
The blending of retail and technology is upon us, blurring the lines like never before. However, where should a retailer place its bets in order to better its shopper experience and business results? These experts will discuss what's real, what's emerging and what's more hype than substance.

6:00pm - 10:00pm
The 9th Annual Gala Dinner
Venue: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Guests meet in lobby for departure at 5:30pm.
Attire: Business Casual

Friday, May 31, 2019
Retailer 1:1 Breakfast
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

Connect with former colleagues or new connections made at the RetailNext Executive Forum. This time is set aside for a casual exchange of ideas, networking or just reading the paper on your own!

9:30am & 10:30am
Retail Roundtables

*Each session will be 45 minutes.*

Full Path Analytics: Join RetalNext's Head of Retail Consulting, Lauren Bitar, for an in-depth conversation on analytics including applications, best practices and case studies.

Traffic 2.0: Join RetailNext's Training Manager, Rachelle Benson, to learn more about training tools and driving adoption across your enterprise.

CTO/Head of Product Session: Join RetailNext's Head of Product, Jason Luther, for a round of Technical Q&A, a roadmap overview and dive into the learning (VR/AR) applications for your stores.

Connected Journey: Join RetailNext's CMO, Bridget Johns, to uncover the Connected Journey. Connect your shoppers' physical and digital footprints via LiveRamp and understand shoppers vs. buyers and the missed opportunity. Discover how RetailNext's Facebook partnership may work for you.

Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

Seated and "to-go" options available.


2019 Speakers

  • Mitsuo Okamoto

    Director of Fashion Sales - Nishinomiya Hankyu Department Store

    Kerry Cooper

    President and COO, Rothy’s

    Lee Greene

    VP, Partnerships - GRIN

  • Allie Egan

    President and CEO, Cynthia Rowley

    Victor Shao

    Partner, CUE Group

    Noah Reis

    Director, Chief Supply Chain Officer, SnowPeak

  • Ashley Micklewright

    President & CEO, Bluebell Group

Mitsuo Okamoto
Director of Fashion Sales - Nishinomiya Hankyu Department Store
After graduating from university, Mitsuo joined Hanshin Department Stores Inc. (current Hankyu Hanshin Department Stores Inc.) in 1992, mainly engaged in sales of women's clothing division for four years, and then got promoted to a manager. In 2002, he was transferred to Osaka Diamond Underground Mall Co., Ltd., responsible for inviting potential tenants into a mall and sales improvement. In 2006 he returned to Hanshin Department Stores Inc. and managed both purchasing and selling luxury women's clothes. Later on Mitsuo became a sales manager of women's clothing division targeting female in her late 20's to early 30's. Today, as the director of fashion sales for Nishinomiya Hankyu Department Store, he has been working on improving store operations using RetailNext.
Kerry Cooper
President and COO, Rothy’s

Kerry Cooper is President and COO of Rothy’s, leading marketing, merchandising and operations at the wildly popular San Francisco-based shoe company. Inspired by its balance of technological innovation, artful design and commitment to sustainability, Kerry is proud to be part of a company growing a loyal, empowered community of female customers with its beloved everyday flat.

Prior to joining Rothy’s in February 2018, Kerry was CEO of Choose Energy, leading the marketplace to acquisition in 2017. She served as COO and CMO of e-tailer ModCloth.com, where she scaled marketing, merchandising, supply chain, customer care, and fulfillment efforts across the US. Before ModCloth, Kerry led marketing and strategy for Walmart.com as CMO and VP of Global Ecommerce. Prior, she served as SVP of Retail and Planning for the Dockers brand at Levi’s.

Kerry is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, on the Advisory Board of Wirecutter, a New York Times company, and on the board of directors at BevMo!. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Lee Greene
VP, Partnerships - GRIN
Lee Greene is the Vice President of Partnerships for GRIN, the leading software suite for brands to optimize and scale influencer marketing in-house. Lee is responsible for leading enterprise sales and strategic partnerships within the fashion, beauty, and retail industries for GRIN. Previously, Lee founded WearAway, a venture-backed online marketplace for influencers to borrow designer apparel and accessories for their social media content and events. WearAway was acquired in January 2019 by GRIN. Lee is an innovative entrepreneur, influencer marketing expert and host of the Stairway to CEO podcast, a popular podcast featuring interviews with top founders and executives about what it takes to start and grow a business. She resides in Los Angeles and enjoys advising startups on sales, strategy, and growth.
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Allie Egan
President and CEO, Cynthia Rowley
Allie is the President of Cynthia Rowley where she oversees e-commerce, retail, wholesale, marketing, finance and operations. She began her career in finance and consumer retail investing at L Catterton and went on to gain years of experience across luxury e-commerce, sales, brand, digital and retail marketing at Estee Lauder, where she worked on iconic brands such as La Mer, Clinique and Origins.  
Allie made the move from consumer retail investing to follow her real passion of helping to grow amazing brands from a marketing and operations perspective. Cynthia Rowley was the perfect match - a legendary creative in Cynthia - and a knowledgeable, entrepreneurial business mind to help revitalize the brand’s potential in the new landscape of digital and DTC.
Allie holds a BS in Finance and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School. She also serves on the board of Project Renewal and is an avid marathoner, traveler, and dog mom to a small Boston Terrier.  
About Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley is a leading global lifestyle brand built on the philosophy that fashion should be an adventure. The brand’s signature pretty-meets-sporty assortment features ready-to-wear, surf and swim, fitness, accessories, and home decor as well as exclusive collaborations with like-minded brands.  Deemed the pioneer of “surf-leisure” by Vogue, Cynthia Rowley exudes a spontaneous spirit and fearlessly redefines the boundaries of fashion. Based in New York City, but always reaching new places with it’s nomadic pop-up retail concept, the collection is sold in Cynthia Rowley boutiques nationwide and online at www.cynthiarowley.com, as well as select specialty retailers.

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Victor Shao
Partner, CUE Group
Victor Shao, partner of CUE Group, a leading company of retail digitalization business in China,  before CUE, he has spent 8 years in Cisco as the leading architect of mobile and IoT solution for retail vertical and won the honor of Cisco Hall of Fame with 4 years sales champions. Prior to Cisco, Victor also took a couple of technique/product positions in Microsoft, Alcatel and Huawei for different vertical. Currently, he is passionate on put IoT technology together with MarTech and AdTech to empower retail digitalization transformation.

Noah Reis
Director, Chief Supply Chain Officer, SnowPeak

Following an MBA in Manchester UK Noah has spent 5 years as a Management Consultant during which he oversaw a diverse portfolio of projects across the energy & financial sectors which range in competency areas from: strategy – business process engineering – post merger integration. Since joining Snow Peak in 2017 Noah has overseen/lead various business transformation projects ranging from front end customer engagement (smart phone app implementation, marketing process automation, on/line offline data integration), to back end operational improvements & strategy development. Noah has served as a board member since 2018 and most recently oversees Snow Peaks global supply chain. As a Japanese/American bi-cultural/lingual individual Noah has split his professional/personal life hurdling the Pacific.

Ashley Micklewright
President & CEO, Bluebell Group
As President and CEO of Bluebell Group, Ashley Micklewright is overseeing the long-term vision and ambition of the group as it transforms operations and further expands across Asia. Drawn by entrepreneurship, Ashley began his own publishing business backed by venture capital after training as a chartered accountant. Eight years later, he sold the business and joined the same venture capital firm, moving to Hong Kong. He then joined Bluebell Group in 1995 as an Operational Controller, and was made CFO within a year. CEO since 2011, he has been leading the group during a period of dramatic changes in the retail industry. Conducting Bluebell Group’s Asia-wide expansion and evolution of services, Ashley has been instrumental in significant organizational restructuring and challenging industry standards. Bluebell invested in Raymark, a Canadian POS software company, which heralded Bluebell as a leader in retail technology in Asia. In 2000, Bluebell launched the first e-commerce cross-boarder website for Davidoff offering cigars across the region. In the same period Bluebell has been adapting business models and partnership agreements to allow more flexibility and lower risk, introducing brands such as Jimmy Choo, Anya Hindmarch, Giuseppe Zanotti, Victoria’s Secret, Manolo Blahnik, Brunello Cucinelli and Pandora, the first Joint Venture without P&L control. As of 2018, Bluebell has a total of 150 brand partners. Always an entrepreneur, Ashley has been spearheading Bluebell’s diversification, investing in the Luxury Business Institute in 2009, a training programme for luxury industry employees, and acquiring Retail in Asia in 2015, a media platform for luxury retail news and reports. Born in Canada to English parents, Ashley grew up in the UK and enjoys a good game of hockey in his down time.