Gaurav Suri, Head of Commerce Sales, Emerging Businesses, Google
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
Gaurav Suri is Head of Commerce Sales, Emerging Businesses at Google. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Like.com, which was acquired by Google.
Mr. Suri has extensive entrepreneurial experience in building consumer-focused technology businesses, including start-ups as well as new businesses for established media leaders. His expertise includes building and leading marketing, business development and operational teams, as well as developing technology-based ideas into innovative products and successful businesses. Prior to joining Like.com, Mr. Suri was Chief Operating Officer for myTriggers.com, a next-generation comparison shopping site. Earlier, he was Vice President, New Business Development for NexTag, the leading comparison shopping search engine for products and services. Prior to that, Mr. Suri worked at AOL as Vice President, AOL Products and Partner Platforms. He has also held senior business development and operational roles with Veon, which was sold to Philips Electronics, Comcast Online and Prodigy.
Mr. Suri began his career in investment banking with Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley) in New York. Mr. Suri received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics with honors from the Wharton School, University