Data-Driven Disruption Starts in the C-Suite


Major strategies begin in the C-suite. At the 5th annual Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit in Chicago, three top executives will present the Friday morning keynote: "Data-Driven Disruption: C-Suite Roundtable."

This session takes a high-level view of today’s business landscape and the impact of data-driven disruption, new consumer strategies, growth and competitive opportunities, and leadership aimed at embedding analytics into the corporate DNA. Join Mike Frazzini, CTO, Ebags Inc.Carlos Amésquita, Chief Information Officer, The Hershey Company; Cheryl Williams, Chief Information Officer, Wakefern Food Corp.; and Jennifer Sepull, President, JMS Digital Advisory Group for these valuable insights.

Mike Frazzini, CTO, Ebags Inc. boasts more than 25 years of progressive management and technical experience in IT, and overall management of all aspects of technology for a global 150-person organization. He has a deep background in retail telecommunications experience, from security and application development consulting to directing software implementation projects at the world’s largest ISP. Frazzini also developed and managed custom web based e-commerce infrastructure and application software for highly trafficked B2C and B2B sites, and integration of CRM, ERP, and fulfillment systems.

Carlos Amésquita joined Hershey in August 2014 after a distinguished 28 year career with Procter & Gamble, where he held several IT and Shared Services leadership positions. His last assignment was leading Global Business Services and Information Technology for P&G North America. Carlos has extensive international experience and his assignments have spanned a variety of technologies and processes across Finance, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain and HR. He has had the privilege of leading major ERP initiatives and Go-to-Market IT programs, as well as Big Data and Analytics programs with retailers. He created and led a new Innovation and Incubation organization, led a multi-billion dollar outsourcing deal, and developed strategic suppliers to move from contract work to managed services.

Since joining the company in 1996 as manager of retail systems, Cheryl Williams has been a constant in the company’s climb to technology excellence. While holding various titles such as director of applications development; VP, marketing; VP, digital commerce and innovation; and now CIO, she has overseen a host of advances including the “ShopRite from Home” e-commerce platform, mobile apps, digital couponing and the “Price Plus Insights” data sharing program, among many others. She also serves on Wakefern’s executive staff and is active with the Network of Executive Women and is a past Co-Chair of the New York Metro Steering Committee.

Jennifer Sepull is the former SVP and Chief Information Officer for Information Systems at USAA. USAA is a Fortune 500 financial technology company that does not rely on a brick & mortar business model. Rather, the company relies on digital technology to build trusted relationships and transactions with their members. Sepull led the strategic direction and management of Information Technology across digital, design, banking, property & casualty, investment advisory, and member relationships. She has worked in innovation and technology leadership for over 23 years. Prior to joining USAA, she was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, responsible for leading global enterprise-wide strategic direction for information technology. In addition, she was the Vice President and CIO, Information Systems Division of Honda Motor Co., Inc. for seven years.

The 2018 Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit will be held April 25-27 at The Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. The conference will feature keynotes from retail and consumer goods leaders, peer-to-peer exchanges, networking opportunities and relationship building. For more information, to view the full agenda, or to register for the event click here.

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