Ivka Adam, Director of Product, ModCloth
Ivka Adam is the Director of Mobile for Modnique, an international fashion eCommerce company located in Los Angeles. Until January 2013 she led North America Mobile Marketing at eBay. She was with eBay since August 2009 in a variety of rolls including product management, business strategy, and mobile affiliate marketing. During business school at USC Marshall in Los Angeles, Ivka interned at eBay, ibeatyou.com and Hulu. Prior to business school, Ivka managed operations for Cognition Technologies, and began her career at Ernst & Young. Although Ivka attended USC Marshall for her MBA and served as president of the school’s Entrepreneur & Venture Management Association, she’s a die-hard Bruin, graduating with a B.A. in Economics from UCLA. In her free time, Ivka enjoys hiking and international travel. Last summer she summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Whitney in California. She’s currently training for Mt. Shasta.
Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer, BCBG MAX AZRIA GROUP
As Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, Lubov Azria embodies both the aesthetic and spirit of the successful, global fashion house. Taking inspiration from art, music, film and travel, Lubov designs for todays woman with a point of view that is informed by her own life and style. Lubov joined BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP as a Designer in 1991 and was named Creative Director in 1996, the same year the companys core brand, BCBGMAXAZRIA, first debuted its Runway collection during New York Fashion Week. Under Lubovs influence, the BCBGMAXAZRIA brand has evolved from an emerging contemporary line to one of Americas leading design houses.
Dave Beveridge, VP Marketing, ShoeDazzle
Dave Beveridge brings more than a decade of marketing and advertising experience to ShoeDazzle, with a breadth of success in developing strategic partnerships, content, and increased customer acquisition. Prior to being tapped as ShoeDazzle’s VP of Marketing, Beveridge served as Chief of Staff of Digital for thriving media company BermanBraun, where he managed operations for leading content properties Wonderwall.com and Glo.com both in partnership with Microsoft. He has also lead marketing efforts for SportNet and Letstalk.com, and holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College and a BA from Saint Lawrence University.
Erik Bratt, VP Marketing, Tealium
Erik Bratt brings more than 15 years of digital and technology marketing experience, holding senior-level positions at Microsoft, WebSideStory (now Adobe Systems), Telcentris, and now Tealium. Eriks responsibilities at Tealium include global marketing strategy and execution for the companys market-leading enterprise tag management solutions. Prior to Tealium, Erik helped transform WebSideStory from a webmaster tools provider into the market leader for on-demand web analytics. At Microsoft, he helped lead digital marketing and social media strategy, while also launching corporate-wide privacy and security initiatives. As a full-time marketing consultant for Digitaria (now part of WPP), Erik helped the company build into a national brand and earn recognition for its innovative approach to leveraging technology.
Jim Bunn, Chief Marketing Officer, Brahmin Leatherworks
Currently, Jim is the Chief Marketing Officer of Brahmin, the family owned and operated luxury Massachusetts-based handbag and accessories company. He has built a career growing businesses by making people feel better when they purchase the products he markets in the high-end consumer goods sector. Jim started in department stores, where his experience spanned a broad range of both Ladies’, Men’s and even Children’s fashion departments and was recruited by the Estee Lauder Companies where he spent 14 years first as Regional Marketing Director for Clinique. Jim subsequently moved his family to London where he oversaw Clinique in the UK and later returned to the US as General Manager of Prescriptives, another one of the Estee Lauder stable of brands. He subsequently moved back to Clinique where he oversaw their 14 International Department Store Markets, which included the UK, South Africa and the Pacific Rim from China to Australia.
Don Bush, VP Marketing, Kount Inc.
In his role as VP of Marketing Don works with online retailers, industry analysts, consultants, law enforcement and trade associations to determine best practices, trends in the market place and the latest threats to ecommerce businesses. Don has been a regular speaker on fraud topics at several industry events in the U.S. and Europe including: Merchant Risk Council, CardNotPresent.com, Shop.org, MasterCard Academy of Risk, eTail and Internet Retailing conferences.
Des Cahill, VP Marketing, Ensighten
Mr. Cahill was most recently President and CEO of Habeas, an email delivery services firm. Cahill grew Habeas from zero to 450 customers, raised three rounds of funding and established the firm as a leader in email marketing and delivery. Habeas was selected as a Red Herring 100 top technology start-up in 2006 and earned a Stevie Award in 2007 as Americas Most Innovative Company Under 100 Employees. In 2008 Cahill sold the firm to Return Path, where he continues to serve as an advisory board member. He is a noted industry expert on digital reputation and interactive marketing, speaking regularly at industry events.
Dave Cook, Vice President, TheFind
Dave has been responsible for community and customer acquisition at TheFind since its public launch in October 2006. An SEO expert, Dave has driven programs credited with helping TheFind.com grow to more than 25 million visitors per month. An online marketing veteran, Dave has spent the last 10 years driving traffic and brand awareness for companies like buy.com, tradingmarkets.com, Makita Power Tools, GE Capital Financial, and other consumer facing brands.
Kobie Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer, REVOLVEclothing
Kobie Fuller is the Chief Marketing Officer at REVOLVEclothing and Forward by Elyse Walker. Prior to joining REVOLVE and Forward, Kobie spent 8 years as a venture capitalist focusing a majority of his time identifying, funding and building leading consumer marketing automation companies where examples include Exact Target, Monetate and Loyalty Lab. Kobies time as a venture capitalist also includes being a founding team member of OpenView Venture partners where he helped lead the initial fund formation and raised over $240 million in committed capital. Prior to helping build OpenView, Kobie was an associate at Insight Venture Partners. He graduated from Harvard University where he was also captain of the track team and an Ivy League champion sprinter.
Ryan Gibson, VP Marketing, RKG
Ryan is responsible for expanding RKGs brand awareness and communicating thought leadership throughout the industries where they work. His team is responsible for the production of popular online marketing content through presentations and publications like RKG blog, the RKG Dossier, the Quarterly Digital Marketing Report and the RKG Roadshows and Summit. Ryan joined RKG over seven years ago as a Paid Search Analyst and has managed multi-million dollar paid search programs for both internet-only and multichannel advertisers. In his current role, Ryan has helped RKG to grow and become one of the largest and most respected privately held online marketing agencies.
Alisa Gould-Simon, VP Partnerships & Creative, Pose
Alisa Gould-Simon is a co-founder and VP of Partnerships & Creative at Pose. She is a fashion writer and consultant. She founded the consulting firm The Rackit in 2010. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian among other titles.
Jennifer Grasso, Director of Product, ModCloth
Jennifer Grasso is the Director of Product at ModCloth, an innovative e-tailer of indie fashion and décor. She’s held senior product management roles at Common Sense Media, BabyCenter, and LEGO, and has worked on a diverse range of products including mobile, social, e-commerce, and gaming. When not obsessing over creating stellar experiences for her customers, Jennifer can be found hiking in the Berkeley Hills with her husband and 2 children. She holds a B.A. from Brown University.
Kurt Heinemann, Chief Marketing Officer, Monetate
Kurt is a seasoned marketing executive and business strategist with experience in branding, web marketing, lead generation, public and analyst relations, ecommerce, and strategic partnerships. He has a strong track record of success in communicating a company’s unique value proposition to potential customers, partners, and market influencers through strategic and creative means. Prior to Monetate, he was Chief Marketing Officer of B2B technology services firm Perimeter E-Security, where he led re-branding, strategic partnership, lead generation/management, and product marketing initiatives. He’s also held senior executive positions at leading consumer marketing firms that include Priceline, Time Warner/Synapse Connect, and Walker Digital Companies, where he leveraged his expertise in corporate strategy, product development, customer acquisition and retention, and creative development to increase lead generation, revenue, and market share.
Rita Kahn, CEO, Fashion TV, President, ZeeReport
Rita Kahn founded her company Zee report in 2008 which aimed to provide Fashion Industry news without any subscription costs. It grew rapidly and now provides news coverage in 15 different languages and 50 different countries and has an annual page view of over 30 million. Later in 2009, Kahn launched ZeePortal.com which was not only an industry based networking portal, it also had the capability of uploading look books and portfolios and the ability to place orders online. ZeePortal.com was one of the first of its kind and still remains to be the leader in the fashion digital wholesale platform. “We were the first company that started any concept like a virtual tradeshow with actual transaction capability – everyone else is still trying to master it.” Rita recently assumed her new role as a CEO of Fashion TV, Kahn does plan on remaining the President of Zee Portal and Zeereport, and Chair of the board. Kahn still owns around 80% of the company which was recently valued at over 214 million USD.
Eric Koger, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth
Eric co-founded ModCloth, an innovative online retailer of vintage inspired fashion and décor, known for collaborating with its global community of female customers on the development of inspiring merchandise. Eric hopes to eventually change the way fashion and décor are developed, discovered, and delivered around the globe. He has been recognized by both Inc., BusinessWeek, and Forbes as a top entrepreneur under 30.
Susan Gregg Koger, Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, ModCloth
Susan started ModCloth when she was just 17. ModCloth was operated out of dorm rooms and basements for four years, and after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, Susan and husband/co-founder Eric Koger made the decision to expand and sell vintage-inspired clothing from talented indie designers all over the world. Today ModCloth has grown into a thriving business of over 270 employees, and the company has gained attention for its dedication to customer engagement on the site, as well as for being a vanguard in the social media sphere. Susan was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the #2 Top Entrepreneur under 30 ” and named to BusinessWeek’s 2010 list of the “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.” She was also named to Fortunes Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List in 2010, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology List, and she was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011.
Michelle Lam, Chief Executive Officer, True&Co
Michelle Lam is no fashionista, but she understands how to build a business. As an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a research associate at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and an associate at Parthenon Capital, she saw firsthand the different facets of how companies work. At BCG, she contributed research to a book featuring a Victorias Secret case study. In 2007, Lam was made a principal at Bain Capital Ventures the first female principal in that arm of the firm. One of her early assignments was to evaluate LinkedIns prospects as the startup raised its Series D funding. True & Co. released a beta version online in January 2012, and officially launched in May.
Jim Okamura, Managing Partner, Okamura Consulting
Jim Okamura is the Managing Partner for Okamura Consulting. Jim has over 20 years of consulting experience focused on the retail industry including strategic planning, branding, private label, consumer behavior, and cross channel project work. His work in cross channel retail and international ecommerce strategies has resulted in industry-leading thinking on retailer best practices and strategic planning. Jim’s most current publications include “Organization Structure for the Future of Retail: The Digital Effect”, examining organization design for retailers pursuing digital integration strategies; “Global Cross Channel Retailing”, a benchmark study of leading retailers’ cross channel capabilities across 17 countries; and “International Ecommerce Expansion Benchmarking”, a framework for helping retailers plan their international expansion. Additional publications include The Shop.org Multi-channel Retail Report, and its predecessor, Channel Surfing: Measuring Multi-channel Shopping.
Hilary Peterson, Head of Business Development, Lyst
Hilary Peterson is Head of Business Development for Lyst, a personalized fashion marketplace that lets millions of people in 190 countries discover more of the fashion they love. Lyst aggregates the inventories of hundreds of stores around the world, covering 7,000 designers, and lets its customers make their own tailored shopping feeds when they follow their favorite designers, stores, and style influencers.As head of Business Development, Hilary is responsible for growing all aspects of the business, playing a large role in acquiring new retail partners and curating the look and feel of the site and Lyst’s iPhone application. Hilary is also heavily involved in working with retail partners to ensure the right products are featured and well-positioned on the site and iPhone app.
Michael Relich, Executive Vice President & CIO, Guess?, Inc
Michael Relich is the Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Guess?, Inc. Michael has been a key executive in Guess global expansion strategy, ranging from their global IT strategy to their global e-commerce technology. He was selected as Retail CIO of the Year for Strategic Impact by RIS News in 2011 and selected as one of ten Retail Influential Leaders in 2007.
David Sobie, VP Marketing & Business Development, HauteLook
David Sobie Vice President, Business Development at HauteLook, David leads partner relationships and steers the companys product platform and social media strategies. He previosuly was with exchange marketplace LeadPoint, where he served as vice president of product and led the companys product, marketing and analytics teams. Prior to LeadPoint, he was at eBay, leading the companys automotive dealer business in eBays Motors division. Early in his career, he worked for FreeMarkets, a B2B marketplace that pioneered the use of reverse auctions for procurement at Fortune 500 companies.
Andy Solomon, Chief Operating Officer, Sole Society
Andy Solomon has over 25 years’ experience in retail, ecommerce and entrepreneurship. Currently he is Chief Operating Officer of Sole Society. Sole Society delivers on-trend shoes, handbags and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices. The business is funded by Nordstrom and Insight Venture Partners. Sole Society was incubated within HauteLook, a leading flash sale site, during which time Mr. Solomon was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the business. Sole Society became an independent entity in December 2011 after Nordstrom acquired HauteLook.
Veronika Sonsev, CEO & Founder, inSparq
Veronika Sonsev is the CEO and Founder of inSparq.com, a company that provides social merchandising technology to retailers and brands. She is also a Cofounder of Women in Wireless and WIM Accelerator. In her 12-year career as an entrepreneur and executive at AOL and Jumptap, Veronika has built new business lines, developed strategic partnerships and launched international markets. Veronika earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from American University. She was recently honored by Fast Company as one of 60 members to The League of Extraordinary Women. Veronika was also named one of the Mobile Women to Watch 2012 by Mobile Marketer and one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech by Femmeonomics. Follow her on Twitter @vsonsev @insparq.
Jeremy Swift, Vice President Strategic Accounts, Blue Hornet
Jeremy Swift helped form BlueHornet’s founding team in 2000 and has been a successful email marketing advisor and overall relationship manager since the company’s inception. Jeremy is an industry thought leader who is known for his ability to match toolsets with digital marketing needs and for bringing the right people and resources to the table for his clients. Prior to his work with strategic accounts, Jeremy was instrumental in building an industry-leading client services team and he continues to act as an advisor to the company’s product development team.
David Towers, VP Ecommerce, Wet Seal
David Towers is the Vice President of Ecommerce for Wet Seal, leading the direct sales channel for the company. Wet Seal is a $500 million juniors & women’s fashion apparel retailer with two brands, 500+ stores and $40M in ecommerce sales. Prior to Wet Seal, David led the ecommerce divisions at J.Crew and Liz Claiborne. He has also held various management positions at American Express, Razorfish and Westfield. David has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Southern California.
Sarah Wallis, Chief Operating OFficer, Indochino
Sarah Veit Wallis joined Indochino as COO in March 2013. Wallis most recently built the successful direct to consumer business at cosmetics retailer Bare Escentuals and has more than a decade of experience in creating successful consumer ecommerce businesses. Sarah began her career with Boston Consulting Group, and has spent the past 13 years in the ecommerce industry. After graduating from business school, she founded a niche ecommerce business, and then moved to Gymboree to manage the Janie and Jack online business. In 2006, she moved to Bare Escentuals, a leading cosmetics company, where she launched the online boutique and led the development of the online business. Indochino is the pioneer and global leader in online custom menswear, making fashion accessible for every man. Indochino lets any man regardless of size, budget or location measure customize and order a high fashion, made to order and affordable suit in as little as 10 minutes.
Craig Wax, Chief Executive Officer, Invodo
Craig leads the Invodo team in overall market strategy. He brings a seasoned general management perspective to guide the companys rapid growth in the online eCommerce video space. Craig was most recently the SVP and GM at Match.com where he was responsible for all aspects of the business including building strategic partnerships, marketing and product innovation. Prior to Match.com, Craig held multiple senior roles at Yahoo!, and spent time at Overture Services, General Mills, Procter & Gamble and Exxon Company USA.
David Weissman, President & Co-Founder, Little Black Bag
David has been an e-commerce executive for over 13 years. At Little Black Bag, he oversees operations, merchandising, business development, finance, legal, & HR. Prior to LBB, David worked for GSI Commerce as VP Client Services and Strategy from 2001-2011 where he oversaw the west coast region and managed a $300M merchandise sales business. From 1999-2001, he was Director/VP of eCommerce for WHN, a start up ecommerce services firm helping clients such as ABC, NBC, Playboy, Salt Lake City Olympics build direct to consumer ecommerce businesses.
- Mondy Beller, Vice President- Ecommerce, Pacific Sunwear