SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

May 20, 2010 13:30 ET

Final Keynote Speaker Lineup Announced for Aberdeen's Inaugural Retail Summit June 17-18

Chico's FAS COO, Wet Seal CIO Among Retailing Executives Presenting at Summit

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the prestigious Keynote Speaker line-up for the upcoming Aberdeen Retail Summit, June 17-18, 2010, Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. 

Featuring Aberdeen's Sahir Anand, Retail Practice Research Director, and its retail research analyst team, the Summit will address the pain points of executives at a time when new thinking is required to understand what customers need in products and services sold across retail sub-segments.

Jeffrey Jones, COO and Executive Vice President, Chico's FAS Inc. will speak on Driving Retail Industry Leadership: The Essential "Ps." Mr. Jones joined Chico's FAS, Inc. in February 2009. Mr. Jones was EVP of Merchandise Operations for Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 2003 to 2006 and was COO for Lands' End from 2000 - 2002. Mr. Jones also spent seven years with Shopko Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary, Provantage Health Services, Inc.

Jon Kubo, CIO, Wet Seal, will keynote on The New Retail Economy: The Future of Mobile Retailing. CIO for the Wet Seal, Inc. since 2005, Mr. Kubo is also responsible for the ecommerce efforts for the company. Wet Seal launched its "Fashion Community" in April 2008 which has become of the most successful examples of social media in retail. Mr. Kubo held also held the positions of CAO for FAO Schwarz, and CIO for FAO, Inc.

Ken Brame, Former CIO for several leading retail companies, will present on The Five Step Turnaround Guide for Retailers: Retail Revival in 2010 and Beyond. Mr. Brame has served as the CIO for AutoZone; Bass Pro Shops; and Service Merchandise. He has also served as CTO for a leading retail solution-based software company and has held various IT and business management positions with other leading department stores, fashion, apparel, grocery, and drug retail companies.

Additional confirmed speakers include Vice Presidents and C-level executives from the Association of Retail Technology Standards; Best Buy; Bob's Stores; Crocs; Family Dollar; Hastens; Kenneth Cole; Motorcycle Superstore; New York & Company; Santa Clara University; Save Mart Supermarkets; Stop & Shop Supermarkets; Swarovski; Vitamin Shoppe; and Walgreens.

Summit Sponsors and Partners include 4R Systems; ADT Retail Solutions; CrossView; Epicor; Microsoft; Retaligent; TAGSYS; 1010data; Direct Source; iGATE; Impinj; KeyNote; Sterling Commerce; Verizon Business; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Apparel Magazine; Retail Speak; Integrated Solutions for Retailers; RetailWire; and Supply Chain Council.

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