Chief executive officers Doug McMillon, Marvin Ellison and J.K. Symancyk, of Walmart, Lowe’s and PetSmart, respectively, will be among the speakers at the next Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing’s annual Global Retailing Conference, April 4 and 5 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the University of Arizona. The conference is unique because it brings together students, faculty and executives in a forum to discuss industry issues. For the upcoming event, the focus is on “customer centricity.”

“This year, in particular, attendees will hear directly from those ceo’s, strategists and innovators who are blazing the path forward in serving the needs of consumers as they shift dramatically,” said Terry J. Lundgren, retired chairman and ceo of Macy’s Inc., who hosts the event and will deliver opening remarks.

“With the pace of change accelerating, successful retailers are those who are creating and implementing new ways of serving consumer needs, presenting brands, developing talent and delivering convenience and value in ways that are revolutionizing business practices,” Lundgren said. “This conference helps bring thought leaders from numerous aspects of the retail, wholesale, fashion, marketing and technology worlds into focus in an environment where our high-performing retail students are invited to ask questions and join the conversation.”

Also on the speaking agenda: lifestyle designer and trendsetter Kathy Ireland; Matt Shay, National Retail Federation president and ceo: James ‘JC’ Curleigh, president and ceo of Gibson Brands; Harris Diamond, chairman and ceo, McCann Group Worldwide; Suzanne Powers, chief global strategy officer, McCann Group Worldwide; Robert A. Eckert, retired Mattel ceo; Michelle Peluso, senior vice presdent and chief marketing officer, IBM; Anne Spangenberg, Nike’s vice president of global merchandising; Jill Standish, senior managing director, global retail consulting practice, Accenture; Sarah Quinlan, executive director, QAM Limited, and Billie Whitehouse, ceo of Wearable X.

Details on the conference are available on

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