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Speaking at one of our events provides the ultimate platform to share your story. Be part of the discussion shaping your industry’s future.

Pioneers, Leaders & Trailblazers

Past Speakers

Jack Leslie


Weber Shandwick (USA)

Brett Gosper

Chief Executive Officer World Rugby & Managing Director

Rugby World Cup

Jean-Marc Pailhol

Head of Global Market Management & Distribution

Allianz SE (GER)

Dave Richardson

Chief Executive Officer


Max Van Den Doel

Global Head Sports Marketing

Adidas (NL)

Melissa Fleming

Chief Spokesperson


John Gillam

Managing Director


Kate Morris

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Adore Beauty

Michael Fraccaro

Chief Human Resources Officer

MasterCard (USA)

Dave Samson

General Manager, Public Affairs

Chevron Corporation (USA)

Ian McLeod

Chief Executive Officer


Eric Petersen

Senior Vice President Global Brand

Lululemon (CA)

Ian Moir

Chief Executive Officer

Woolworths (ZAF)

Mike Fernandez

Corporate Vice-President, Corporate Affairs

Cargill (USA)

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth

Human Resources Director


Antonia Jermendy

Head of Retail Innovation & Test

Swarovski (CHE)

Ravi Saligram

Chief Executive Officer

Officemax (USA)

Mark Levy

Global Head of Employee Experience

Airbnb (USA)

Ron Johnson


Apple Store

Murray Barnett

Head of Global Sponsorship & Commercial Partnerships

Formula One (UK)

Michael Burgess


HBC Digital (USA)

Will Dean

Chief Executive Officer

Tough Mudder (USA)

Bob Neville

Global Retail Creative Director & Head of Retail

New Balance (HK)

Jeffrey Sampson

Group Senior Vice President

Fast Retailing (JPN)

Susie McCabe

Senior Vice President of Global Retail

Under Armor (USA)

Renee Quirk

Head of Sport Business Affairs

Seven Network

Simone Niven

Global Head of Media & Communications

Rio Tinto (UK)

Kylie Watson-Wheeler

Managing Director

The Walt Disney Company

Gerrit Meier

Executive Vice President of International


Jordan Pettman

Global Head of People Data, Analytics & Planning

Nestlé (UK)

Marc Firestone

President, External Affairs & General Counsel

Philip Morris International (SUI)

John Koryl


Neiman Marcus Direct (USA)

Richard Goyder AO

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer


Simon Thompson

Chief Product Officer & Non-Executive Director

Ocado (UK)

Ian Ayre

Managing Director

Liverpool FC (UK)

Liz Gottung

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation (USA)

Jennifer Storms

Senior Vice President, Global Sports Marketing

PepsiCo (USA)

Judith H. Edge

Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources

FedEx Corporation (USA)

Shane Meeker

Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian

The Procter & Gamble Company (USA)

Redmond Yeung


Gap Inc. (China)

Lord Peter Chadlington

Chief Executive Officer

Huntsworth (UK)

Kirsten Walkom

Global Communications Director

Save the Children International (UK)

Babak Parviz

Vice President

Amazon (USA)

Ken Murphy

President of Global Brands

Walgreens Boots Alliance (USA)

Terry J Lundgren

Fmr Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Macy’s (USA)

Zenia Mucha

Chief Communications Officer

The Walt Disney Company (USA)

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President

Walmart (USA)

David L. Bunch

Global Vice-President

Shell Brands International (UK)

Michael O’Keeffe

Chief Executive Officer


Sharon Price John

Chief Executive Officer

Build-A-Bear (USA)

Gordon Cairns



Henrik Amsinck

Senior Vice President, Business Technology

Lego (DNK)

Alexandra Willis

Head of Communications, Content & Digital

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) (UK)

Jeri Buchholz

Chief Human Resources Officer


Lord Mark Price

Fmr Managing Director

Waitrose (UK)

Peter Ruis

Chief Executive Officer

Jigsaw (UK)

Sir Craig Oliver



Deborah Yates

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Reckitt Benckiser (UK)

Ricardo Fort

Vice President, Global Sports Partnerships

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

Lord Stuart Rose


Marks and Spencer (UK)

Paraag Marathe


San Francisco 49ers (USA)

Jessica Powell

Vice President of Communications

Google (USA)

Seema Kumar

Vice President, Global Health, & Policy Communication

Johnson & Johnson (USA)

Gordon Bitko

Chief Information Officer

Federal Bureau of Investigation (USA)

John Durkan

Managing Director


Tom LaForge

Global Director of Human & Cultural Insights

The Coca-Cola Company (USA)

Geoff McDonald

Global Vice President, Human Resources

Unilever (UK)

Mark Waller

Executive Vice President of International

National Football League (USA)

Justin King CBE

Former Chief Executive Officer

Sainsbury’s (UK)

Alex Aiken

Executive Director Communications

HM Government (UK)

Tatjana Haenni

Head of Women’s Football


Patrick Noone

Managing Director

Costco Wholesale

Jenny Bryant

Chief Human Resources Officer

Wesfarmers Limited

Kate Johnson

Global Head of Sponsorship Marketing

Visa (USA)

Alexandra Badenoch

Group Executive, Human Resources


Gary Sheffer

Vice President Communications & Public Affairs


Richard Murray

Chief Executive Officer

JB Hi Fi

Pierre Goad

Global Co-Head of Communications


Gwen Morrison

Chief Executive Officer

The Store (USA)

Diarmuid Russell

Senior Vice-President & General Manager International

Glassdoor (USA)

Kathryn van der Merwe

Group Executive Talent & Culture


Judith Williams

Global Head of Diversity

Dropbox (USA)

Rocco Braeuniger

Country Manager


Lana Hopkins

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Chaz Giles

Global Head of External Innovation

Estée Lauder (USA)

Todd Greenberg

Chief Executive Officer

National Rugby League

Leigh Russell

Chief Executive Officer

Seven Network

Dr Gordon Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

SPAR International (NED)

Stuart Crabb

Global HR Head

Facebook (USA)

Jack Harari

Vice President - International Partnerships

Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues (USA)

Roger Fisk

National Director

Obama for America (USA)

Deborah Nicodemus

Chief Executive Officer

Moda Operandi (USA)

Gabrielle Valdez Dow

Vice President Marketing & Fan Engagement

Green Bay Packers (USA)

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