GPS 2018 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

  • Alessandra Bellini - Chief Customer Officer Tesco plcAlessandra BelliniChief Customer Officer Tesco plc View bio
  • Tash Whitmey - Group Loyalty, Membership and CRM DirectorTash WhitmeyGroup Loyalty, Membership and CRM Director Tesco View bio
  • Tomás Durandeau - Chief Executive Officer UnidataTomás DurandeauChief Executive Officer Unidata View bio
  • Guillaume Bacuvier - Chief Executive OfficerGuillaume BacuvierChief Executive Officer dunnhumby View bio
  • Gianluca Carrera - Chief Solutions OfficerGianluca CarreraChief Solutions Officer dunnhumby View bio

Retail Partners & Industry Experts

Adrain Newson - SVP Client Management, dunnhumby (on behalf of Raley's)

With a career of 25yrs in retail management and consultancy, Adrian has spent the last 17yrs focused on building key client partnerships at dunnhumby across North America, Asia and Europe. In Adrian’s current role, he oversees the engagement of California based Raley’s delivering thought leadership in strategy development & implementation in price perception, category management, customer engagement, loyalty and customer & market trends.

Previously, as Vice President, International Sales & Operations, Adrian led non-US partnerships for the pricing and promotions company, KSS Retail, in Manchester. Since joining dunnhumby in 2001, Adrian has worked with a multitude of dunnhumby’s clients and held various roles including leading dunnhumby operations in South Korea and Ireland.

Prior to joining dunnhumby, Adrian served as an Insight Manager at United Biscuits, interpreting data that resulted from customer marketing and regaining the market share for snacks in the UK. Adrian started his career as store manager for UK based Fosters Trading Company and variety retailer Woolworths.

Newson earned a Bachelor of Science in Honors Retail Management from Loughborough University in the UK.

Alain Tadros - Vice-President Marketing, Research and Loyalty, Metro inc.

Alain Tadros joined Metro Inc. in 2016 as Vice President Marketing, Quebec.

Mr. Tadros has extensive experience in marketing and retail, both in Canada and the United States, having counseled many CPG brands and retailers in the areas of marketing strategy, sales, advertising and promotions.

He has a degree in business administration from Concordia University. Prior to joining Metro, he has been very involved in the Quebec advertising industry for more than 20 years, both as owner and President of his own Shopper Marketing agency and President of Publicis Montreal. In 2015, he was named one of Infopresse's Marketing personalities of the year.

He is a member of Tuango's Board of Directors and actively participates in various charitable organizations in Quebec. He has been director and chairman of the board of the A2C (Association of Creative Communication Agencies) for many years.

Alison Williams - Global Head of Data Consulting, dunnhumby

As global head of data consulting, Alison advises dunnhumby’s clients on approaches for forming and executing data strategies which put the customer at the heart of their decision making. In particular she has extensive experience around using data to personalise media and on the considerations of data privacy in this area.

Since joining dunnhumby in 2004, Alison has held a number of roles beginning as a data developer, coding and building data solutions, followed by programme managing the deployment of our flagship product across 12 international markets and leading our global data strategy with our biggest client Tesco. Most recently she lead our data capability across Asia and then North America, focusing on business development and defining new data platforms and approaches to meet the needs of our clients and power the services dunnhumby provide to them.

Outside of dunnhumby Alison has experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector, focusing on how to leverage data to deliver fundraising goals.

Arnold Dietstein - Head of Marketing Strategic Projects, Shoprite Checkers

Arnold is responsible for marketing strategy for the group’s various supermarket, hyper and discount banners: Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and Usave. After joining the Shoprite Group in 2010, he has worked across commercial, operations and marketing to ensure a shared view on customers and growth initiatives. Recently he has been leading the development of new insights-based category management and customer analytics capabilities.

Chris Brooks - Head of Science Innovation, dunnhumby

Chris is Head of Science Innovation at dunnhumby, charged with researching and developing new science techniques and technical implementations. With two decades of experience in data science, insight, architecture, data management and software development, he is one of dunnhumby’s longest serving experts. Chris has spent much of his career improving the analytical tools that are available to analysts and business users, including the introduction of commercial and open source software, and the development of bespoke analytical engines focussed on customer science.

He is Cambridge educated, and has links with a number of universities, including sponsoring and supervising an Imperial PhD student to research programmable hardware. He leads a team of PhD-educated experts on science research into topics including supply chain replenishment forecasting and natural language processing.

Daryl Wehmeyer - Director of Category Management Capability (North America), dunnhumby

Daryl leads the North American Category Management practice at dunnhumby, where he works with retailers and their partners to leverage customer data science to create best-in-class strategies for assortment, adjacency, flow and store planning. Daryl has held leadership roles at dunnhumby supporting clients in Grocery, Home Improvement and Financial Services. Prior to dunnhumby, he worked in Consumer Packaged Goods and Strategy Consulting, with a heavy emphasis in using customer science to drive better strategy.

Dion Roberts - Global Category Capability MD, dunnhumby

Dion Roberts is our Global Category Capability MD and leads a team of 80 Category experts across our retail engagements in Europe, Africa, North America, Latam and Asia. The team exists to be an indispensable category partner for our clients, empowering them to understand and activate their customers across categories better than competitors, and enabling them to grow. They do this by working closely with these clients, agreeing their category priorities and plans, and deploying industry-leading software, science and analytics to answer their questions and support their decisions.

Dion has worked for dunnhumby for 10 years. He sits on the Coop Norway JV Board, leads our strategic alliances with partners such as jda software, and previously led the Tesco UK and Ireland Retail Team, the Tesco UK and Ireland Commercial Team, and the UK and Ireland Manufacturing Practice Team respectively. Our Category Management capability has been central to all these roles.

Prior to dunnhumby, Dion worked for 2 years as a Consulting Director for Kantar Retail and for 7 years in a variety of senior sales, logistics and business transformation roles for Mars Inc.

Gino Plevano - Vice President, Metro

As Vice President at Metro, Gino Plevano leads the development of Digital Strategy and is responsible for eCommerce for one of Canada's largest food and pharmaceutical retailers. His mandate is to develop the digital offering of Metro Inc. subsidiaries (Metro, SuperC, FoodBasics, Brunet, Adonis, Jean Coutu, Première Moisson and MissFresh).

With his teams, Gino has been behind many successes such as the launch of the digital eco-system for the Metro banner. The implementation of the e-commerce service and the partnership with MissFresh, a ready-to-cook meal company. These initiatives have also been recognized by being awarded numerous prizes.

Before joining Metro, Mr. Plevano worked in major media companies in Montreal and Toronto. He has been at the heart of launching digital solutions to support digital user migration. Gino’s responsibilities covered product management, strategy, and marketing.

Mr. Plevano is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) located in Montreal. He did postgraduate study in administration at the same university. Gino rounds this all off within a certificate in accounting to perfect his knowledge.

He currently sits on the eCommerce Committee of GS-1 Canada and on the advisory board of a large manufacturing company. He is frequently invited to share his experience at the Montreal Chamber of Commerce, at the Conseil Québécois du Commerce de Detail, with university students to name a few.

Howard Langer - Global Price & Promotions Practice, dunnhumby

Howard leads the Global Price & Promotions Practice at dunnhumby leveraging experience in working with leading retailers in North and South America as well as mainland Europe and Asia.

A former retailer, Howard has spent much of his career delivering Price and Promotions programmes from senior merchandising and marketing roles in the UK while at the Kingfisher Group, one of the largest retail groups in Europe. He implemented the UK’s first ever price optimisation and has successfully delivered many multi-million dollar price investment programmes.

Howard is the Founder and Chair of the Retail Pricing Forum in the UK a group dedicated to improving the Price & Promotions capability in retailers. He is a visiting lecturer at both the University of Southampton and Warwick Business School in the UK.

Jeremy Neren - Founder, Grocerkey

Jeremy is the founder of multiple eCommerce grocery startups, with over a decade of experience in the industry. He is recognized as a leader and pioneer in the eCommerce grocery space. In 2006, Jeremy founded an on-demand grocery delivery service in Madison, WI that went on to deliver over 120,000 orders profitably while operating out of a dedicated warehouse environment.

Leveraging proprietary enterprise eCommerce technology and operations experience that he gained through his initial startup, Jeremy founded GrocerKey in late 2014 to help brick and mortar retailers become digital leaders. Operating in a highly complex retail grocery environment (at Woodman's Markets, which has 250,000 square foot stores), GrocerKey has successfully deployed eCommerce over a sustained period of time with a high level of profitability: fulfilling nearly 200,000 orders in under three years.

Jim Prins - North America Pre-Sales Lead, dunnhumby

Jim has more than 30 years of experience in the retail and technology industry and has a passion for enabling customers to drive value by unlocking the power of advanced, predictive analytics to solve their challenges, streamline their processes and improve performance against their goals and objectives.

Jorge Faiçal - Group Commercial Director, Grupo Pão de Açucar

Jorge Faiçal joined the Grupo Pão de Açucar in 2007 and occupies some positions. He is currently Commercial Corporate Director , responsible to create commercial synergies in the 5 Business Units for GPA in Brazil. He is also carrying the project to create commercial synergies between Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay, countries that are part of Groupe Casino Latam. Before that he experienced to be the Commercial Head for the banners Extra, Pão de Açucar and proximity formats for the food retail segment for 2 years. From 2010 to 2013 he were responsible for Extra Hypermakets format positioning and Operations for Brazil. He also had experiences before in retail companies such as Carrefour Groupe for 3 years, and participated in the opening of Walmart operations in Brazil in 1994. He is graduated in Marketing, and is MBA Post Graduated in Business and Administration for FGV Brazil.

Jose Gomes - Managing Director North America, dunnhumby

Jose heads up dunnhumby’s business in North America, responsible for personalising the experience for shoppers of major Retailers and FMCGs, to deliver measurable growth. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles including Senior Solutions Director in Brazil, working with our retail partner GPA, Head of Solutions for all dunnhumby LATAM partners, and latterly, Head of Media Services LATAM, leading the start-up of this work in Latin America. Before joining dunnhumby in 2008, Jose worked in Investment Banking with BPI and at P&G as a Brand Manager.

Sandrine Devy - Managing Director Global Manufacturer Practice, dunnhumby

Sandrine is Managing Director for dunnhumby’s Global Manufacturer Practice, based in Paris office. She has a significant experience in the retail and FMCG sector of 25 years. She has a track record of building marketing strategies, commercialisation strategies, collaborative category management framework, media monetisation framework, change management within retail buying team, consulting strategies and deliveries with FMCGs.

Tom Langley - Media Capability MD, dunnhumby

Tom is dunnhumby’s Media Capability MD, working globally with retailer partners to help them define media propositions which create customer experiences to enable a sustainable way for retailers and brands to win. Tom has spent 11 years at dunnhumby and prior to that worked at Acxiom a career in using data & science for customer activation in digital and traditional channels.

Tom O'Reilly - President and CEO, Aptaris

Tom O'Reilly is President and CEO of Aptaris. With more than 35 years of retail advertising experience, he has a deep understanding of the retail business from both the store and vendor perspective and brings hands-on, in-the-details experience in advertising and promotion including new media innovations. As an entrepreneur, he has transformed each organization he has worked with. He is a forward-thinking leader with a history of driving innovation, growth and profitability. He’s passionate about improving retailer/vendor relations by rethinking communication and using new media to maximize message outreach. A voracious reader, Tom is always up to date and enthusiastically sharing cutting-edge ideas with clients and colleagues. He is also currently serving on the boards of two local Florida-based start-up companies.

Yumiko Hoshino - General Manager Promotions, Ito Yokado

Soon after Yumiko started her retail career in a store at Ito Yokado in 1993 as a new graduate, she moved to a role to manage product imports for the entire business under Overseas Department. In 2010 she obtained an MBA with concentration on Marketing. She was appointed to a General Manager of Promotion Section, which actually is a combined fields of promotions and Marketing this year to undertake broad responsibilities, anything from flyer promotions, TV advertisement to VMD. This is her first Global Partner Summit attendance.