Knowledge@Wharton Announces Updated Speaker Faculty for High Velocity Growth 2014, the Retail and Consumer Goods Summit

Top Quote Knowledge@Wharton, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's online research and business analysis journal, today released the updated speaker faculty and agenda for "High Velocity Growth 2014. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) February 18, 2014 - The Retail and Consumer Goods Summit," a two-day event for senior executives in the consumer goods and retail industries. The event will take place on April 28-29, 2014, at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, New York.
    The program will feature presentations from retail and consumer goods leaders, including:

    Carlos Alberini, CEO, Lucky Brand
    Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director, Alice + Olivia
    Barry Calpino, Vice President, Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft Foods Group
    Dr George Calvert, Chief Supply Chain & R&D Officer, Amway
    Greg Clark, Americas Leader for Consumer Products, EY Advisory Services Practice
    Tariq Farid, CEO, Edible Arrangements
    Dave Finnegan, Chief Information and Interactive Officer (CIO), Build-A-Bear Workshop
    Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, hint inc.
    Sangita Forth, VP of Brand, Plum Organics
    David Gilboa, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
    Greg Heichelbech, CEO, Triumph Motorcycles
    Keith Kantor, CEO, Green Box Foods
    Jeffrey Koziel, Market Vice President, Walgreens
    Roland LaPlante, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer , Afilias
    Victor Misawa, VP of Marketing for the Creative and Writing Brands, Newell Rubbermaid
    Raegan Moya-Jones, CEO, Aden & Anais, Inc
    Laxman Narasimhan, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Americas Foods
    Christopher Quinn, EVP, North America and Retail, New Balance
    Abnesh Raina, Founder, PlumSlice
    Jason Scheffer, Vice President Inventory & Transportation, the Vitamin Shoppe
    Kevin Stadler, President & CEO, 4R Systems
    Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, Zulily
    Mieke van der Loo, Chief Strategy Officer, Bugaboo

    Moderators will include Wharton marketing professor Barbara Kahn, director of Wharton's Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, one of Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton's partners for this event dot

    The conference is sponsored by EY, Nasdaq OMX, 4R Systems, Plumslice & Afilias and is designed to be a unique learning and networking forum. It is expected to attract some 200 senior-level executives and decision makers from the consumer goods and retail industry across a variety of sectors.

    Mukul Pandya, Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton's editor-in-chief, notes: "We are delighted to have the support of some of the nation's fast-growing companies and are expecting the event to present a combination of cutting-edge insights from established organizations that have experienced growth and innovation for decades alongside today's emerging brands dot "

    Presentations will focus on strategies specific to consumer goods companies and retailers in search of growth, and real-world case studies from some of the world's most growth-oriented companies. In addition to keynote presentations, the summit will feature panels and fireside chats as well as extensive time for Q&A, discussion among participants, and networking opportunities.

    The summit is hosted by Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton in partnership with Momentum Events and the Wharton School's Jay H. Baker Retailing Center. NASDAQ is the summit's founding sponsor.

    More information, including details on how to register, is available at

    About the Wharton School, Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton and the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center
    Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.

    Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The site, which is free, captures relevant knowledge generated at Wharton and beyond by offering articles and videos based on research, conferences, speakers, books and interviews with faculty and other experts on current business topics. The Knowledge ( @ ) Wharton network - including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, Arabic, Israeli and High School editions - has more than two million subscribers worldwide.

    The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center is an interdisciplinary research center at the Wharton School that was established by Patty and Jay Baker (Wharton 1956 undergraduate alumnus), former President of Kohl's Corp. Its mission is to be the global leader in retail knowledge and education through cutting-edge academic research, student and alumni activities, academic-industry programs, and global initiatives. Working with faculty, senior-level industry partners, students, and alumni, the Baker Retailing Center is one of the world's premier retailing centers. For more information, please visit the Baker Retailing Center's website (

    About Momentum Events
    Momentum Events is a leading international event creation and execution specialist working with numerous partners in order to bring their brands to life through customized live-event experiences. With an emphasis on rigorous research and world-class customer service, its team comprises many of the leading names in event creation and execution. For more information about Momentum, visit

    Wharton Media contact:
    Peter Winicov
    Wharton School Media Relations
    Winicov ( @ ) wharton dot

    Momentum contact:
    Matt Godson
    Momentum Events & Consulting

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