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Leading global retailers join 2023 World Retail Congress Advisory Board

World Retail Congress
February 2023
  • The World Retail Congress has appointed 17 senior global retail experts as members of its Advisory Board
  • Advisory Board members have experience leading retail businesses that collectively generate over $200 billion in annual revenues and employ over 1.1 million people globally
  • With representation from over 13 countries, the new board will provide a breadth of perspectives from different geographies and across the retail sector

The World Retail Congress (“the Congress”) today announces its 2023 Advisory Board members, who have shaped this year’s conference and will continue to advise in 2024 to deliver an unrivalled high-level forum for senior retailers and industry followers.

The Congress partnered with Spencer Stuart, one of the world's top global executive search and leadership consulting firms, to form its authoritative and diverse board of retail pioneers, which is made up of 17 leaders from 13 different countries with expertise across multiple sub-sectors in retail.

Ian McGarrigle, Chair of the World Retail Congress said:

“Our Advisory Board has been recruited with the help of Spencer Stuart to represent the retail world at the very highest level and across all of today’s retailing channels. There has never been a more challenging time to be a retail leader than today and the Advisory Board members are already providing valuable guidance and counsel to help ensure that the World Retail Congress programme delivers for our attendees.”

The full list of Advisory Board members include:

  • Ian McGarrigle, Chair, World Retail Congress
  • Juliet Anammah, Chair and Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Jumia Nigeria
  • Roy Bagattini, Group CEO, Woolworths
  • Gaston Bottazzini, CEO, Falabella
  • Julian Diaz Gonzalez, former CEO, Dufry
  • Sally Elliott, Co-Leader, Global Retail Practice, Spencer Stuart
  • Dave Kimbell, CEO, Ulta Beauty
  • Alexander Lacik, CEO & President, Pandora
  • Stuart Machin, CEO, Marks & Spencer
  • Judith McKenna, President & CEO, Walmart International
  • Tina Mueller, former CEO, Douglas
  • Jaume Miquel Naudi, Chair & CEO, Tendam
  • Falguni Nayar, Founder & CEO, Nykaa
  • Yol Phokasub, CEO, Central Retail Corporation
  • Frederico Trajano, CEO, Magalu
  • Hani Weiss, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Retail
  • Ying Xu, President, Wumei Technology Group

The World Retail Congress is the world’s leading annual event for the retail sector. It convenes the brightest minds in retail for three days of debate, insights and meaningful connection, and plays an important part in shaping the future of global retail. This year, the Congress will take place on 25-27 April, at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Spain.

The Congress will provide a critical opportunity for retail leaders to learn, share insights and form connections. Rarely has the global retail industry faced the levels of adversity and challenges as it has in recent years, which is why this year’s agenda is themed “Retail Leadership for Extraordinary Times”. The programme is designed around four streams which include resilient retail, purposeful retail, transformational retail and customer-focused retail. While interconnected, each will explore a different aspect of being a retailer today, from costing, sourcing and supply-chains, to driving ESG change from within a business, as well as redefining the retail experience online, while not losing sight of the customer experience.

Roy Bagattini, Group CEO, Woolworths:

“In a global macro environment that is facing rising inflation, and interest rates posing headwinds to both consumer demand and cost growth, the World Retail Congress will focus on the most important issues facing retail leaders today, which for me is ensuring an optimal balance between protecting our customer value proposition, investing in our growth strategies and still protecting our margins.”


Julian Diaz former CEO, Dufry

“The World Retail Congress is the ideal conference for retail leaders to have access to the Global knowledge for transforming retail and consumer companies through the improvement of Customer Experience, Operational and Financial Efficiency, Organisational model adaptation for attracting the best talent in the market, and a realistic and impactful ESG strategy, achieving the aim of navigating successfully in times of turbulence and maximising the value of our companies.”

Ying Xu, President, Wumei Technology Group

“The Congress will focus on the most important issues facing retail leaders today, which for me, is continuously improving retail efficiency and customers’ satisfaction through digital solutions. The World Retail Congress is the place to share and develop such practices.”

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