NEW YORK — Karl Lagerfeld is doing it. So are Jeff Bezos, Barry Diller, Fabien Baron and Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
The quintet are among the luminaries poised to light up WWD/DNR’s 2003 CEO Summit, “Fashioning the Future,” with keynote addresses and special conversations with the newspaper’s top editors. The event is slated to be held here Nov. 5 to 7 at the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park and will include an opening dinner and cocktail party at the U.N. Delegates Dining Room and West Terrace.
Fairchild Publications chairman and editorial director Patrick McCarthy will kick off the special conversations in a talk with Karl Lagerfeld; WWD editor in chief Ed Nardoza will engage media mogul Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive of InterActiveCorp., and WWD executive editor Bridget Foley will chat up design star Fabien Baron, creative director of Baron & Baron and French Vogue.
The keynote slate is dotted with leaders from various corners of the fashion universe, including Michael Kors and Lawrence Stroll, co-chairmen at Michael Kors; Burt Tansky, president and ceo of The Neiman Marcus Group; Heinz Krogner, ceo of Esprit Holdings; Wilbur L. Ross Jr., chairman and ceo of W.L. Ross & Co.; Jeff Bezos, chairman, president and ceo of Amazon; Diane von Furstenberg; Jed Patrick, president of The WB, and Bruce Klatsky, ceo of Phillips-Van Heusen.
In a series of special presentations, John Lipsky, chief economist at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., will present his retail outlook; long-term trend forecaster Edie Weiner will identify growth industries for the next two decades, and Mitchells/Richards ceo and author Jack Mitchell will discuss ideas from his current best-selling book, “Hug Your Customers (The Proven Way To Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results).” Additional presentations will be made by Simon Graj, ceo of brand-imaging company Graj & Gustavsen; Phil Kowalczyk, managing director of the North American consumer products unit at Kurt Salmon Associates, and Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD Group.
Filling out the program will be a pair of roundtable discussions, one called “Global Sourcing Opportunities and Options,” led by WWD editor James Fallon, and the other, “Season of the Deal,” led by WWD senior financial editor Arnold J. Karr. Joining Fallon will be executives from Li & Fung; Sara Lee, Warnaco and Limited Brands; Karr will converse with officials from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Kellwood and Financo.Registration information for WWD’s 2003 CEO Summit can be obtained by contacting Jennifer Macaluso at (212) 630-4947.
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