Whether it’s Walmart, Alibaba, Google or Samsung, executives from a wide spectrum of retailing and other industries will participate in the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona Global Retailing Conference next month.

Among the speakers scheduled for the event, being held April 19 and 20 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz., are Lee McCabe, vice president of North America for the Alibaba Group; Michael Forrest, senior vice president for retail at Samsung Electronics America, and three chief marketing officers: Tony Rogers from Walmart U.S., Rich Lennox from Macy’s Inc., and Shawn Gensch from Sprouts Farmers Markets.

“This Global Retailing Conference is unique in that it represents the confluence of academia and industry professionals with insights that bridge the world of retailing, technology and global brand management,” said Terry J. Lundgren, former Macy’s Inc. chairman and chief executive officer, who will deliver opening remarks.

“It is important to have this holistic view to understand where retailing is today, especially in light of bold innovations in technology and marketing, and the directions our industry is heading into the future,” Lundgren said.

“The future of our industry is more than a story of disruption. It involves new and innovative ways of serving consumer needs, presenting brands, developing talent and delivering convenience and value in ways we could never have imagined in the past. We are in an era of reimagination, and this conference helps bring thought leaders from numerous aspects of the retail, wholesale, fashion, marketing and technology worlds into focus in an environment where some of our next-generation talent can contribute to the conversation.”

Other speakers scheduled include Greg Creed, ceo of Yum! Brands; Jonathan Pelosi, head of industry, Mobile Apps Americas, Google; Karen Katz, recently retired ceo of the Neiman Marcus Group; Rachel Shechtman, founder and ceo of Story; Andrew Critchell, digital manager of Walgreens; Kian Gould, ceo and founder, AOE; Ken Muench, cofounder and chief strategy officer, Collider at Yum! Brands; Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president, market insights, MasterCard; Tom Schwarztrauber, director, global category management and strategic planning, Nestle Purina, and Mark Weinstein, senior vice president and global head of customer engagement, loyalty and partnerships, Hilton.

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