November 9-10, 2009
St. Regis Hotel
New York City


The 13th annual WWD Apparel CEO Summit will feature an expanded two-day editorial program, consisting of keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive working sessions and a Retail Insights Town Hall, all specifically designed to stimulate networking and cooperative conversation around the business issues that are of highest priority and greatest challenge to our global industry.

200+ CEOs and Presidents from across the global apparel and retail industries will be in attendance.


Madonna Badger, Founder
Badger & Partners

Bonnie Brooks, CEO and President
The Bay, Hudson’s Bay Company

Wesley Card, President and CEO
Jones Apparel Group Inc.

Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and CEO
Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

Christine Day, CEO
lululemon athletica inc.

Lee Eisenberg, Author

John E. Fleming, Executive VP and Chief Merchandising Officer
Wal-Mart U.S.

Ronald L. Frasch, President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Saks Inc.

Jeff Gennette, Chief Merchandising Officer
Macy’s Inc.

James E. Glassman, Managing Director and Senior Economist
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Marc Gobé, Author
Emotional Branding

Julie Greiner, Chief Merchandise Planning Officer
Macy’s Inc.

Marc Jacobs, Designer, Marc Jacobs International, and
Artistic Director, Louis Vuitton

Donna Karan, Chief Designer
Donna Karan New York

Karen Katz, President and CEO
Neiman Marcus Stores

Mathew Katz, Managing Director
AlixPartners LLP

Susan Lyne, Chief Executive Officer
Gilt Groupe

Stella McCartney, Creative Director
Stella McCartney Ltd.

Betsy McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer
Hot Topic Inc.

Michael McNamara, VP, Spending Pulse

Mindy C. Meads, President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Aeropostale Inc.

Erik R. Oken, Managing Director and Co-Head of Retail Industries
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kevin A. Plank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Under Armour Inc.

Bruce Rockowitz, President
Li & Fung Ltd.

Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer
WPP Group plc

Martha K. Stewart, Founder
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Gail Strickler, Assistant U.S. Representative
Textiles United States Trade Representative

Howard Tubin, Analyst
RBC Capital Markets

Eric Wiseman, Chairman, President and CEO
VF Corp.


Fashion / Apparel BRANDS AND RETAILERS. Attendees are pre-qualified to ensure that they are the top-level executive and decision-maker, holding CEO and/or President titles.

The Summit audience consists of the most influential and up-and-coming companies shaping our global apparel industry – from mass to luxury, domestic to international, brands to retailers.

For more information on attending this event, contact Jennifer Macaluso at 212.630.4947 or


Companies and categories of business that work with the apparel industry, providing consultation, service, supply or solution are invited to participate as Sponsors of the Summit — putting your key executives and targeted business message on the inside with this elite target industry audience.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Jessica Introna at 212.630.4803 or

MasterCard WorldwideMasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 18 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial institution customers and merchants.
American ExpressAmerican Express Company is a global travel, financial and network services provider. As a leader in charge and credit cards, American Express is committed to working with all its partners. The company focuses special attention on the needs of retailers to understand the issues retailers face and developing solutions to address those issues.
RBC Capital MarketsRBC Capital Markets is A Premier Investment Bank. Our strengths in providing focused expertise, superior execution and insightful thinking have consistently ranked us among the top 20 global investment banks.
AlixPartnersAlixPartners is a global firm of senior business and consulting professionals that specializes in improving corporate financial and operational performance, executing corporate turnarounds and providing litigation consulting and forensic accounting services when it really matters – in urgent, high-impact situations.
Sri Lanka ApparelAt Sri Lanka Apparel, ethical and sustainable manufacturing is not just a business standard, it is a way of life. Home to world’s first Eco-Apparel Plants, Sri Lanka Apparel assures the ‘Made in Sri Lanka’ label is synonymous with quality, reliability and social and environmental accountability.
Herbert MinesWomen’s Wear Daily ranked Herbert Mines Associates the No. 1 search firm in the retail and fashion world.* Celebrating its 31st year of business in 2009, HMA recruits the finest executives for the best companies in the United States and abroad.
PaypalEffortless paying–an immediate way to increase sales, conversions and AOV and tap the 40% of repeat online buyers who enjoy a PayPal or Bill Me Later account.
Prime RetailPrime Retail is one of the largest developers of outlet centers with a portfolio spanning over 8.2 million square feet across twenty two centers throughout the United States in near major cities including Orlando, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Austin/San Antonio, Texas and Williamsburg, Va., with more than 2,000 stores and 400 leading designer and brand names. Prime Retail will continue in its mission to create unique and well-tenanted outlet centers serving major markets throughout the United States and beyond.
PaypalAmericana Manhasset is a collection of over 60 fines shops on Long Island’s North Shore. The best luxury and contemporary boutiques, signature architecture and landscaping, outstanding restaurants and a unique complimentary Personal Shopping Service all make Americana the ultimate shopping destination.
CSC120 best-known International Fashion Houses have one secret in common. CSC’s STEALTH 3000. CSC, a $17 billion global business solutions company with 50-years delivering technology-driven results.
Avery DennisonAvery Dennison is the recognized global expert in retail apparel ticketing, brand and product identification; pressure-sensitive labelling materials; RFID inlays and tags; graphics imaging media; and office products. With nearly 200 locations in over 40 countries, Avery Dennison is the leading choice for the biggest name brands and retailers worldwide.
NGCThe only global sourcing and PLM software company offering CPSIA compliance software with 10+2 management capabilities for retailers and brands.
HSOHSO is the leading global provider of complete end-to-end Microsoft Business Solutions for the Fashion and Retail industries. With our nearly 30 years of experience, hundreds of satisfied customers and strategic alliance with Microsoft and their Dynamics AX suite of solutions, we are uniquely able to provide organizations with the tools and guidance to help them maximize their customer and supplier relationships while driving down operational costs and other profit depleting expenses.
KattenTradeStone’s private label and global sourcing solutions enable the world’s most successful retailers to bring their innovative private label and branded products to market at record speeds.
Karen Harvey Consulting GroupWith offices in New York and London, Karen Harvey Consulting Group is an international firm recognized for executive search, professional development, and brand incubation for global fashion and retail companies.
KattenKatten Muchin Rosenman LLP is a full-service national law firm with one of the most comprehensive Apparel, Fashion and Textiles practices in the nation.
OracleOracle is the number one provider of innovative and comprehensive industry software solutions for retailers – enabling organizations to serve their customers better by applying insight into daily business decisions for more profitable results.
Destiny USA LeasingDestiny USA is a brand new 2.4 million square foot destination that includes a super regional shopping center, luxury outlets, dining and entertainment all under one roof.
VendaVenda, the world’s largest on-demand eCommerce provider, powers online channels for leading retailers and manufacturers including Perry Ellis, Kellwood, Tesco, Jimmy Choo, Lilly Pulitzer, TK Maxx, Urban Outfitters, and Condé Nast.
RedscoutRedscout is a strategy and design firm dedicated to brand-driven innovation. We help image brands realize their potential.
Logical ApparelLogical Apparel Solutions has provided groundbreaking quantitative research to the apparel/retail industry since 2002. Utilizing advanced methodologies for understanding consumer preference, LAS has pioneered assortment optimization, increasing the efficiency of inventory and profits for major brands and retailers.
YacobianTYG’s Customer Interaction Management SystemSM (CIMS) enables store teams to generate more and larger transactions on the retail floor every day, increasing the Return-On-Visit™. CIMS offers innovative technology, customer-centric performance measurement, behavior curriculums, and easy-to-use management toolsets to drive incremental annual revenue.
RetaligentRetaligent provides the world’s premier retailers with Clienteling, Assisted Selling and Gift Registry/Wish List applications that improve associate performance while enhancing your customer’s in-store experience.
Grayson HughesGraysonHughes is unique as the only consulting search practice with 30 years of dedication to the fashion consumer products industry.
BDOBDO Seidman, LLP is a national professional services firm providing assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For almost 100 years, we have been a valued business advisor to retail and consumer product companies – from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to more entrepreneurial businesses.
Create The GroupCREATETHE GROUP is the digital commerce leader for elite brands delivering online experiences that transform the luxury, fashion and retail market.
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