66th International Retail Summit
More than Retail: Leadership 2020
More than Retail: Leadership 2020
Photo: Matthew Millman
The balance of power in retail is shifting. Amazon, Apple, Alibaba – international giants and start-ups from other sectors are creating an increasingly complex landscape.
Leadership is more important than ever in rapidly changing markets – exchange rates, migration, the threat of mass unemployment and rising government debt all have an impact on buying power and consumer spending. Leaders will need more than just traditional industry experience to be successful. So what skills do CEOs and managers need in the future?
One thing is clear: trading expertise alone is not enough. The new formula is: ⅓ industry knowledge, ⅓ transformation knowledge and ⅓ digital knowledge. The 66th International Retail Summit will address the most pressing issues for retail leadership in 2020:
- How should we lead during upheaval?
- What role do instinct and emotion play?
- What type of corporate culture will be successful in future?
- Which factors will influence us in the newly emerging Europe?
- Is size a decisive factor in retail, or are we seeing a renaissance of the small and the agile?
Expect answers from established businessmen, radical entrepreneurs and thought leaders.
Football expert and author. As a world-class coach, he won the the UEFA Champions League with FC Bayern Munich and led the Swiss national team to the world cups in South Africa and Brasil. As an author, he focuses on team and stress management.
CEO of the UK research and training organisation IGD. She works with the CEOs and presidents of some of the world's largest retailers and food and grocery companies. Equipped with a degree in modern languages and an MBA, Joanne Denney-Finch had previously worked at Marks and Spencer.
Former CEO of fashion retailer C&A. Until 2017 Caparros was the CEO of Rewe Group. Prior to leading Rewe, Caparros worked for Yves Rocher, was a general director of Aldi France, and a member of the board of the Swiss Bon Appétit Group.
Managing Director and Co-Head Industry Value Creation at Partners Group, a global private markets investment company. He has 21 years of industry experience in the media and digital space. Prior to joining Partners Group, he was global CEO of Ringier AG, Switzerland’s largest media company.
Associate Director at the RSA, a London-based think-tank committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges. Dellot’s work covers economics, enterprise and manufacturing. His recent focus has been on the growth of self-employment and micro-businesses – why they are emerging and how this phenomenon might impact the wider economy.
Economist, Professor at the University of Munich and former President of the Ifo Institute for economic research. Sinn’s fields of interest include risk and insurance, natural resources, monetary trade theory and public finance. His books include bestsellers like “Can Germany Be Saved?”, “Casino Capitalism” and “The Euro Trap”.
CEO Intersport International Corp. The globally leading sports goods dealer holds 5700 stores in 67 countries. In 2015, Intersport generated a turnover of 11.4 billion Euro. Julen is vice president of the board of Independent Retail Europe and a member of the board of Valora Holding AG.
Professor of Computer Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Lab Software Studies Initiative. The lab’s most recent projects were commissioned by MoMA, New Public Library, and Google. Author of The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan."
Managing Director of SIGNA Retail and CEO of Karstadt, the German department store chain with 82 locations. Prior to that, Fanderl held the position of President Emerging Markets East at Walmart. At the Rewe Group, he was responsible for the German supermarkets and a Member of the Executive Board.
CEO of Holition. The London Start-up equips luxury retailers like Richemont and LVMH with digital installations. By using augmented reality, holograms, projections and touch-solutions, Holition creates novel customer experiences.
General Partner and founding member of Lakestar, a global venture capital investment firm. Mark Schmitz also is a managing director of Lakestar’s Berlin office. Prior to Lakestar, he worked for international law firm Linklaters LLP and Private Equity and Venture Capital boutique Pöllath + Partners in Munich.
Managing Director of Liganova, The BrandRetail Company. Schumacher previously served as the head of the Tom Tailor Group’s retail division. In this capacity, he was responsible for the global expansion of international, company-controlled retail spaces as well as the systematic expansion of the marketing department. Marc began his career with the Breuninger Group and Hugo Boss.
Owner and director of Hiltl AG. Member of the board of tibits AG. The heir of the «Haus Hiltl», founded in 1898, leads the world’s oldest vegetarian company succsessfully since 1998. Hiltl began his career in gastronomy at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich and at the Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne.
Founder & CEO of Einhorn, a Berlin-based start-up for sustainably produced design condoms. Breaking records in crowdfunding, Einhorn creates transparency for the entire production chain and invests half of its profits in social and environmental projects.
Christopher C. Muller
Chris Muller is a leading academic expert in the field of restaurant management. His research has focused on multi-unit organizations, development and growth, and the training of multi-unit managers and leaders. He has held positions at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, UCF’s Rosen College, Boston University, and is currently Courtesy Professor of Executive Education at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality. He is an author and has lectured around the globe.
Dr. David Bosshart was CEO of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for consumption, economic and social studies from 1999 to 2020. Since 2020 he has been President of the Gottlieb and Adele Duttweiler Foundation.
Dr. Jakub Samochowiec
Dr. Jakub Samochowiec is a Senior Researcher and speaker at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. He analyses social, economic, and technological changes with a focus on decision, old age, media and consumption.
Thursday, 8 September, 10.00 – 17.45
David Bosshart (CH), CEO, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
From Hierarchy to the Network: Retail Leadership 2020
Joanne Denney-Finch (UK), CEO, IGD
Lead or Lose: Key Skills Required for Tomorrow's Food Retailers
Mark Schmitz (DE), General Partner, Lakestarp
Hunting Unicorns: How a Successful Venture Capitalist Discovers Billion-Dollar-Startups
Christian Unger (CH), Managing Director, Co-Head Industry Value Creation, Partners Group
Private Equity: What Retail Can Learn From the Digital Industry
Benedict Dellot (UK), Associate Director, RSA
The Second Age of Small: How Innovative Microbusinesses Surpass Big Corporations
Marc Schumacher (DE), Managing Director, Liganova
Fashion 2020: More than Digitisation
Philip Siefer (DE), Gründer und Chief Executive Unicorn, Einhorn
Unfuck the Economy: Retail for the Generation Y
Alain Caparros (DE), CEO, Rewe Group
Captain of the Fleet: Leading a Big Company through a Sea of Change
Stephan Fanderl (DE), CEO, Karstadt Warenhaus
Leadership in Times of Transformation: What Really Matters
Hans-Werner Sinn (DE), Professor Universität München und Präsident Ifo
Europe, the European Economy and the Euro: Structural Crisis, Debt Crisis, Migration Crisis – What Lies Ahead?
Apéro Riche and Networking
Shuttleservice: Transfer to the Hotel Sedartis and Thalwil train station
Friday, 9 September, 09.00 – 14.30
Franz Julen (CH), CEO, Intersport International
One Vision, 67 Countries: Leadership Values for International Success
A conversation with
Ottmar Hitzfeld (DE/CH), Fussballexperte und Autor
Winning the Game – Leading with Data and Emotions: What Retailers Can Learn from Football
Chris Muller (USA), Professor of the Practice, Boston University
Bits over Bites: Learnings from the Digital Disruption in the Food Industry
A conversation with
Rolf Hiltl (CH), Geschäftsführer, Hiltl
A Perfect Fit: Why Retail and Restaurants Fertilize Each Other
Lev Manovich (USA), Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, New York
Un/happy Shoppers: What Selfies Reveal about Your Customers
Jakub Samochowiec (CH), Senior Researcher, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
Seven Billion Youniverses: Where to Reach Tomorrow’s Customers
Jonathan Chippindale (UK), CEO, Holition
Augmented Retail: The New World of Post-Digital Customer Experience
German/English (simultaneous interpretation)
Changes to the programme
The programme is subject to change. If an event does not take place, fees will be refunded. Further claims are ruled out.
If you are unable to attend, please let us have your cancellation in writing. The fee will be reimbursed on cancellation thirty or more days before the event. After this term and until five full working days prior to the event we will charge 75% of the fee. In the event of later cancellations we will charge the full participation fee. Substitute participants welcome.
To benefit from special rates, please contact Ms Brigitte Fischer at iht(at)gdi.ch
There will be a free shuttle bus service between the GDI and the Hotel Sedartis Thalwil and Thalwil train station.
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute
2 days, 1 person:
Full price: CHF 2300 CHF
2 days, 2 or more persons:
Full price: 1955 CHF / person
1 day, per person:
Full price: CHF 1400 CHF
Price for startups:
1 day: 450 CHF
2 days: 600 CHF
(Discount code on request: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Payment in advance. Reduced fees apply when more than one participant from the same company register at the same time. Any subsequent participants registered separately will be invoiced separately. The conference fee includes all food and beverages (and VAT). Participants registering less than two weeks before the event can pay by credit card only.
Die Teilnehmerliste wird eine Woche vor dem Event veröffentlicht (Passwort erforderlich).
Interview with Joanne Denney-Finch
Über die Internationale Handelstagung
Die Internationale Handelstagung ist eine führende Strategieplattform für Entscheidungsträger und Vordenker im Retail und in der Konsumgüterbranche. Teilnehmende sind Führungskräfte aus dem Handel und verwandten Branchen, Unternehmer, Akademiker und Journalisten von Schweizer und europäischen Qualitätsmedien.
Inspiration ist entscheidend für die Transformation. Der breite Themenmix der GDI-Handelstagung ermöglicht einen Blick über den Tellerrand und garantiert anregende Gespräche in den Networking-Pausen.
Ich freue mich jedes Jahr auf den interdisziplinären Austausch mit tollen Teilnehmern und auf die fantastische Auswahl der internationalen Referenten. Der Mix von sehr erfahrenen Unternehmen und Start-ups gibt immer wieder Impulse, die unser Unternehmen bereichern.
Date & Time
8 September 2016
9 September 2016
GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute