Wesley R. Card, Chief Executive Officer, The Jones Group Inc.
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
Wesley R. Card
Wesley R. Card is Chief Executive Officer and a Director of The Jones Group Inc. He has been with the company for more than 20 years in various executive-level positions.
Most recently, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Card served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Before joining The Jones Group in 1990, Mr. Card was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Carolyn Roehm Inc. He also served in various divisional positions at Warnaco, Inc. before being named Corporate Vice President of the company. Mr. Card held positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Bank of Boston in his early career.
Mr. Card is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and received his CPA certification in 1973. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the American Apparel and Footwear Association and remains on the executive committee of the board. He serves on the advisory board of The Wharton School Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative, the board of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries in support of FIT, the advisory board of the Terry Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, and the visiting committee for basic science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a recipient of the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee and last year received The University of Rhode Island 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award.
Wesley Card, CEO of The Jones Group, remarks that while Ralph Lauren made great products for the right niche markets, the company "rode waves of opportunity" -- a luxury that fashion companies can no longer rely on. To promote success in a difficult economy, Card champions the "virtuous circle," and a refreshed focus on people, product, and execution.