2 & 3 March 2015
Hilton Hotel, Sydney


Recognised as the largest and most significant meeting for retail executives in the region; the Retail Leaders Forum brings together the best minds from retail, for retail.

Annually this intelligent discussion offers a comprehensive examination of industry and consumer trends and an in-depth exploration of retail strategy for growth and innovation.

Within a uniquely exclusive networking environment, executives are provided with a vital and engaging look at the retail sector, with actionable insights and vision to lead in 2015



The Retail Leaders Forum is an event like no other – a unique opportunity that congregates an esteemed gathering of executive level retailers from across the industry spectrum and across the region.

This is your guide to Retail in 2015, a strategic event devoted entirely to the macro issues in Retail Management crafted exclusively for and delivered by key influencers in the industry.

▶ Receive the latest thinking on the economic landscape for Retailers in 2015
▶ Acquire actionable insights for your retail business in a changed & consumer-led world
▶ Gain exposure to new strategic concepts, companies and thought-leaders from retail
▶ Hear forward insight on consumer trends and retailing imperatives
▶ Engage your entire industry in one place at one time
▶ Network in the ideal executive environment where CEOs talk to CEOs
  Balance working and learning in an a productive, executive environment
▶ Determine the year ahead in Retail

Event Updates


  2 Powerful Days
  450+ Retail Leaders
  8 Networking hours
  40+ Influential Speakers


Michael Burgess


HBC Digital (USA)

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Walmart (USA)

Dr Babak Parviz

Vice President

Amazon (USA)

Dr Gordon Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

SPAR International (NED)

Tom Daunt

Co-Group Managing Director


Stefan Kopp

Co-Group Managing Director


Christine Cross


Woolworths Ltd & Kathmandu & Former Group Director, Tesco (UK)

Andrew Jennings

Director, Ted Baker & Former Chief Executive Officer

Karstadt (GER) Woolworths (RSA) Saks Fifth Avenue (USA) House of Fraser (UK)

Ruslan Kogan

Chief Executive Officer


Penny Winn

Director - Group Retail Services

Woolworths Limited

Robbert Rietbroek

Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly- Clark Australia & New Zealand

Peter Davis

Chief Operating Officer


Amanda Banfield

Managing Director

Mondelez Australia

Warren Hogan

Chief Economist


Chris Beer

President Asia Pacific


Jenny Bryant

Group Human Resources Director


Emma Gray

Chief Loyalty and Data Officer

Woolworths Limited

Tony Lowings

Managing Director

Yum! Restaurants International

Luke Baylis

Chief Executive Officer

Sumo Salad

Angus Harris

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Harris Farm Markets

Tim Schaafsma

Managing Director


David Allen


Pandora Jewellery

Stephen Roche

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

Erica Berchtold

Managing Director

Rebel Sports

Brian Shanahan

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Temple & Webster

Michael Dykes

Director, I.T, Strategy, M&A & Move Stores

Dick Smith

Jane Sheehy

Chief Information Officer

Terry White Management

Frank De Sa

Chief Information Officer

The Just Group

Michele Levine

Chief Executive Officer

Roy Morgan Research


▶ The Big Retail Picture: the Economy, the Consumer and the Retailer
▶ The Growth Opportunity: Strategic Imperatives for Expansion in 2015
▶ Powered by People: How to Create an Engaged & Talented Retail Team
▶ Always Right: Re-imagining the Customer Relationship
 Beyond Borders: the Globalisation of Australian Retail
 Future-Focused: Retailing in an Age of Disruption
 Creating Cut-through: How to Bring Retail Brands to Life
 Leading the Charge: Managing Change in the New Retail Reality
 The E – Factor: how retail has to create experience
 Winning in the New Normal of Global Retail
 Rising to the Transformation Challenge
 Lifelong Customer Relationships
 Global Retailing in Local Markets for Individual Customers
 Digital Transformation – Bridging the Digital / Physical Divide
 Super Consumers – Meeting Shopper Preferences and Driving Decisions
 Deluxe – Lessons from the Asian Retail Arena
Day 1: Monday 2nd March
Registration & Networking
Official Welcome
Keynote 1
Session 1
Refreshments & Networking
Partner Keynote
Session 2
Lunch & Networking
Stream A Stream B
Keynote 2 Keynote 3
Stream A Stream B
Session 3 Session 4
Refreshments & Networking
Session 5
Keynote 4
Networking Drinks Reception
Day 2: Tuesday 3rd March
VIP Breakfast Briefing
Registration & Networking
Keynote 5
Platinum Keynote
Refreshment & Networking
Stream C Stream D
Keynote 6 Keynote 7
Stream C Stream D
Session 6 Session 7
Lunch & Networking
Session 8
Keynote 8


The Retail Leaders Forum is exclusively crafted for the most senior Retail executives from across all sectors of the national economy. Delivered by the industry’s elite, this event offers a powerful business agenda within an effective executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the event actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of decision-makers.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

Ian Devlin Commercial Director
Tel: 02 8005 2744
Email: ian@connectevents.com.au



Hilton Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000

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Quote ‘GRETA‘ to receive our group rate on rooms.

Call Jessica directly on +61 (2) 9265 6050 or Jessica.Benn@hilton.com



Early Bird Rate
(Ends 5 Dec 2014)
Standard Rate
(From 6 Dec 2014)
Retailer One Delegate $ 1, 500 $ 1, 900
Retailer Four Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $ 4, 500 $ 5, 700
Retailer Eight Delegates (Includes 2 Free) $ 9, 000 $ 11, 400
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $ 1, 900 $ 2, 500
* This option is for service providers to the retail industry or retail professionals
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Terms & Conditions

Delegate Package:
Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate ticket is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered. A delegate list is available for viewing at the event, and will not be distributed.

Payment & Discounts:
Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event.

Organiser’s Rights:
Connect Events endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Events reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Events reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

Cancellation Policy:
A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

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