IGWE Chris CBRE
| Head of Retail France / Senior Director EMEA
Chris Igwe is considered as one of the leading authorities on global retail. Since 2007 he has been at CBRE. In France, Chris is retained as exclusive or preferred adviser by many brands including: AUDI, Calvin Klein, Costco, Farrow & Ball, Hard Rock Cafe, Karen Millen, Michael Kors, Nike and others.
In 2002, Chris founded Chris Igwe International, successfully repositioning or growing brands across Europe. Prior to that he was European Real Estate Director for Foot Locker and then Gap. In 2000 Chris joined ICSC as its Managing Director Europe.
Chris is a highly sought after international speaker, has been a Jury Member for many international retail organizations and features regularly in Europe's leading trade publications. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, European Engineer and a member of both ICSC and ULI. He is a member of ICSC's European Research Group and ULI's Retail and Leisure Council. Chris is a co-founder of Retailp.com, the leading European retail information website.
Chris holds a BSc from Newcastle University, England and an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Chris is a qualified Executive Coach, a Corporate Speaking Trainer and Mentor to many across the globe.
Born and raised in his native country, Nigeria, Chris is multi-lingual in English. French, German and now rusty Dutch. His hobbies include teaching life skills to children and young people, sports, and going to the movies with his children!
CBRE is the world's premier, full-service real estate Services Company. Operating globally, the firm holds a leadership position in virtually all of the world's key business centres.
Whether it's a local, regional, national or global assignment, CBRE applies insight, experience, intelligence and resources to help clients make informed business decisions.
CBRE exists corporately in 42 countries, 332 offices with more than 37 000 employees worldwide. With partner and affiliate offices these figures increase.
CBRE offers services to owners, investors and occupiers throughout the globe. These services include strategic advice, sales, leasing, residential, property and facilities management, valuation and advisory, investment advice, investment management, asset management, project management, research and consulting.
The professional qualities of our staff, supported by our position as a global leader, are strengthened by our on-going investment in people, training and information systems.
CBRE is quoted on the NYSE, a Fortune 500 company, with revenues totalling $6.5 billion in 2012.
GOMEZ Jean-François Microsoft
| Senior Innovation & Business Development Manager
For 15 years, working for IT leaders, he evangelizes the companies about the impact of Information Technologies on their businesses.
Mixing creativity, strong IT expertize, and business challenges understanding, from startups to multinational companies, he explores new spaces, new innovative opportunities, with line of business managers.
Even he's active on social networks, in conferences as speaker or in the ecosystem leading professional association, he's most of the time in the field involved in real breakthrough projects with leaders of manufacturing, retail and hospitality.
Prior this current role, he was Information System architect and he joined Microsoft in 2001.
All companies are becoming 'Software Company' in an environment shifting from a push to a pull organization. His goal and his passion are to introduce new paradigm and technologies to drive innovation, strategic projects and partnerships.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq 'MSFT') is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
For more information, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/about/companyinformation/en/us/default.aspx
POTTIER Emmanuel Clear Channel France
| Strategy, Innovation and New Media Director
Emmanuel Pottier started his career at Lucent Technologies in 1999 as Strategic Planning & Studies Manager France, just after graduating from ESC Bordeaux. He then took on the whole EMEA region under his supervision.
From 2003 to 2005, he was the Communication & Influence Manager of the "Paris 2012" committee, working for Paris to host the 2012 Olympic Games.
After that he joined Bearing Point (Andersen Consulting), a leading Management & Technologies consulting firm, as Media & Telcos Senior Consultant.
ALTAREA COGEDIM then recruited him as their new Leisure & Retail Development Manager, where he worked for a year.
Emmanuel Pottier finally joined Clear Channel France in 2008 as special advisor detached to the company CEO, in charge of restructuring the whole organization.
As Clear Channel France Strategy Director from 2010 onwards, he has most notably overviewed the strategic shift of the company and now manages on top of that the New Media "PLAY" activity and the Innovation.
About Clear Channel France:
Clear Channel France is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the world's largest Out of Home companies, with 760 000 billboards in 30 countries over the 5 continents, 7 800 employees and a 3 billion dollars turnover in 2012. Clear Channel France is the group's second largest market after the USA, with 125 000 faces. The company generated a 256 million euros turnover in 2012, and employs 1 000 people.
In 2013, Clear Channel redesigned its offer in 4 universes:
- Street furniture
- Transit (Bus, Subway, Tramway, Airports)
- Digital out of home
Under the brand Play, Clear Channel owns more than 4 500 digital displays in 16 countries around the world. Play is the first digital network in Europe, 100% malls, 100% shopper-oriented, 100% efficient, a real television in the last meters before purchase.
In France, Play operates 800 (more than 1500 forecasted in the next months) 65' full HD totems in the heart of France's 46 largest malls, and is run by a dedicated multitask team, under the Strategy, Innovation and New Media Director (Emmanuel Pottier).
CURTIS Sean Land Securities Properties Limited
| Head of Business & Brand Marketing, Retail
Sean Curtis has worked in retail for over 15 years, including roles as Head of Marketing for Home at Marks & Spencer and B2B & Corporate Marketing at Westfield. He is currently Head of Business to Business Marketing at Land Securities, a role which sees him responsible for Digital, Brand Partnerships and Development across the Retail Business.
Sean was responsible for the nationwide contract with Google for Product Search, plus a number of new initiatives at Trinity Leeds including the Social Media and CRM Strategy, an interactive screen network and the Company’s first consumer App.
About Land Securities Properties Limited:
Land Securities' standing as one of the most forward thinking developers and managers of retail property in the country is driven by a single overarching commitment - to be the best at what we do. Our commitment to shaping the future of retail is what makes us market leader.
By harnessing our expertise and considerable market insight, we continually create new retail opportunities to grow our business and the businesses of the 1,600 retailers in our care.
In doing so, we have consistently outperformed the industry benchmarks for service charge compliance; pioneered the use of path intelligence to gain insight into shopper behaviour; and secured an outstanding 98% for our customer service care, outperforming the best practice index.*
With 18 shopping centres, 16 retail parks, 3 outlets, 3 leisure centres and 16 prime leisure and entertainment schemes that attract over 350 million customer visits every year, Land Securities is shaping the future of retail.
*RealService Best Practice Group
RIO Guillaume Echangeur by Laser
| Technology Trends Manager
Graduated from Lille University (Retail Management), he worked for the group Auchan on several subjects related to digital in-store marketing as well as for Norauto and Promodès (Carrefour Group).
In July, 2000, he joined the Echangeur as project manager in charge of the « customer experience » platform, dedicated to the new in-store technologies. Since 2007, he is technology trends manager of Echangeur
About Echangeur by LaSer:
A technologic and marketing innovation watch platform applied to customer relationship management.
Since 1997, l’Echangeur has been helping users to understand and to plan for the new economic and social world. L’Echangeur was founded on its principles : experience, exchange and neutrality, and combines complementary knowledge.