James Boston, Editor, Boston Publishing and ATF (Australasian Textiles and Fashion) Magazine
Despite his relative youth James already has a decade of experience in the print and web media industry behind him. A graduate of Melbourne University in both Commerce and Science, James has applied his business skills to build Boston Publishing, a specialist trade publisher for the fashion, interior design and outdoor recreation industries. James has brought a strong understanding of business to his online and print publishing and editing roles as well as the more recent emergence of social media and its importance to large and small businesses. James is also Sales and Marketing director of digital agency Krafthaus. Krafthaus delivers affordable, quality design, search, ecommerce and social media solutions for businesses in Australia.
Stephen Shaw, Associate Partner, IBM Global Business Services
Stephen is an Associate Partner with IBM Global Business Services within the Australia & New Zealand retail consulting practice. He is based in Melbourne and has over 20 years of Management experience obtained in various Retail organisations and roles across Merchandise, Store Operations, IT and finance. He will present insights on consumer behaviour and expectations from the IBM Smarter Consumer Study 2013 – From Transactions to Relationships: Connecting with the Transitioning Shopper, which includes direct feedback from more than 26,000 consumers interviewed globally – almost 2,000 from Australia
Susan Olivier, Vice President, Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Strategy, Dassault Systèmes
Susan is a Consumer Goods and Retail industry veteran with over 30 years hands-on experience spanning brand management, creative design, technical development, global sourcing and retail merchandising. She has defined and delivered business growth objectives and operational transformation for well-known brands sich as Victoria's Scret, Calvin Klein, Wrangler, Reebok, Hudson Bay Company, JC penney and others through senior roles in retail and manufacturing, in Canada and the US.
Susan also spent several years in IT working directly with PLM (4 implementations), ERP and strategic Sourcing solutions as a project lead and eventually sponsor.
Susan has worked in the vanguard of many emerging trends including the explosion of private branded retaiil product development, early initatives for private branded retail product development, early initiatives for private brand sourcing, and true web-based global collaboration. She's well-respected in her industry as a frequent media contributor and guest speaker at industry events in the USA, EMEA and APAC.
As Vice President for one of the growth industries at Dassault Systèmes, Susan was specifically attracted to the potential of leveraging 3D virtualization and visualization in combination with global collaboration as the next randformational opportunity for her industry. She and her team are engaged in defininf and delivering next generation solution experiences for consumers, brands and retailers.
Susan has a Mas of Business Administration degree from Suffolk University in Boston, with a joint focus on international business and applied technology. She has also taught at the MBA level on the strategic management of information technology for business.