Neil Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Geiger Ltd.
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
Having worked for The Burton Group and Bally prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of Kurt Geiger Ltd., Neil Clifford has a wealth of retail experience. Mr. Clifford joined Kurt Geiger in 1995 as Sales and Marketing Director. He subsequently held a number of senior positions within the business, from Buying Director to Managing Director. In 2002, Mr. Clifford left Kurt Geiger and joined Swiss luxury brand Bally as President of Sales and Global Strategy within the Texas Pacific Group, which acquired the company in 1999. He returned to Kurt Geiger as Chief Executive Officer in September 2003 to lead the management buy-out from the Harrods Group and later led the secondary buy-out in partnership with Graphite Capital in 2008. In his tenure as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Clifford has transformed Kurt Geiger into the largest luxury footwear and accessory retailer in Europe with annual sales of more than $300 million.