Coming off a very strong 2010, this year's event will focus on providing brands and retailers with the tools needed for continued growth across channels and across the globe. The Footwear News CEO Summit will combine high-profile keynote presentations with intensive interactive working sessions and a strong focus on key industry issues including:
* The latest on the international front
* The return of luxury
* Developing multi-brand strategies
* What department store merchandise managers really want
* Getting digital (including social media) right
Mindy Grossman is Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc. and a member of the company's board of directors. In this capacity, she oversees a $3 billion retail portfolio -- including HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer that offers a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names, and Cornerstone, a dynamic multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Ballard Designs, GrandinRoad, Improvements, Smith+Noble, Territory Ahead and TravelSmith.
Since joining the company in 2006, Ms. Grossman has been responsible for transforming HSN into a lifestyle network, diversifying its portfolio of brands and personalities and spearheading efforts to evolve the linear network into a multiplatform business. Today, HSN.com is a top-ten most trafficked ecommerce site and accounts for more than 30% of HSN's total revenue. Ms. Grossman led HSN's expansion into mobile with the development of applications for the iPhone, Android and iPad, and oversaw the 2010 launch of a second 24-hour television shopping channel, HSN2. Prior to taking the company public in 2008, Ms. Grossman was Chief Executive Officer of IAC Retailing, a business segment of InterActiveCorp.
A 33-year veteran of the retail and apparel industries, Ms. Grossman joined IAC from Nike, Inc., where she served as Global Vice President and led Nike's $4 billion apparel business from 2000 to 2006. In addition, she was responsible for the development and growth of Nike's global women's business and served as Co-chair of its Women's Leadership Council.
Ms. Grossman began her career in the men's wear industry in 1977. She has held many senior and executive-level positions at companies including Tommy Hilfiger, Oxford Industries, Warnaco, Inc. and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, where she served as Vice President of New Business Development from 1994 to 1995 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Polo Jeans Company from 1995 to 2000.
In 2010, Ms. Grossman was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business, and in 2009 Forbes magazine named her one of the world's 100 most powerful women. She serves on the board of directors of the National Retail Federation and Cosmetic Executive Women. She is Co-Chair of the Fashion Institute of Technology's Executive Women in Fashion advisory board and is a member of the advisory board of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.