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FT Equinix Executive Briefing

Remaining competitive through interconnected commerce

London |
Speakers include:
Mark Vandevelde

Mark Vandevelde

Financial Times

Adrian Buckle

Adrian Buckle

Payments UK

Scott Abrahams

Scott Abrahams

Mastercard UK & Ireland

Overview

From finance to retail, telecoms to security, and a whole host of other industries, the digital and software driven economy is fundamentally rewriting the strategies that enterprises are using to manage their business offerings. In order to stay ahead of the curve, companies are harnessing technologies that allow them to improve customer engagement via digital channels and that allow them to evolve from traditionally selling products to now selling a service.

This is particularly true when talking about business transformation in the world of payments and digital commerce. This sector is undergoing more change, more quickly than it has ever encountered before, primarily due to the rapid expansion of mobile behaviour preferences, cloud and internet accessibility and the decentralisation of payment services technology. The result is an increase in customer demand for how they want to complete their payments.

However, simply identifying and embracing the technology is not enough for a company to compete. If they want to be able to offer more service-focused platforms compared to product-focused that work better for their customers, as well as their business then it will require them to become interdependent and cloud enabled, with extremely reliable, secure and instantaneous connectivity.

Ultimately the promise of interconnected commerce is inevitable as consumers continue to harness the advantages of mobile technology and greater connectivity in a wider variety of environments and locations. The FT-Equinix Executive Briefing: Remaining competitive through interconnected commerce will bring together industry leaders to map a path for the advancement of commerce’s successful, secure and integrated transformation, while also identifying the additional benefits that it’s interconnected approach can bring to an enterprise.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 03/22/2017 09:45:0003/22/2017 13:35:00trueFT Equinix Executive BriefingFrom finance to retail, telecoms to security, and a whole host of other industries, the digital and software driven economy is fundamentally rewriting the strategies that enterprises are using to manage their business offerings. In order to stay ahead of the curve, companies are harnessing technologies that allow them to improve customer engagement via digital channels and that allow them to evolve from traditionally selling products to now selling a service.This is particularly true when talking about business transformation in the world of payments and digital commerce. This sector is undergoing more change, more quickly than it has ever encountered before, primarily due to the rapid expansion of mobile behaviour preferences, cloud and internet accessibility and the decentralisation of payment services technology. The result is an increase in customer demand for how they want to complete their payments.However, simply identifying and embracing the technology is not enough for a company to compete. If they want to be able to offer more service-focused platforms compared to product-focused that work better for their customers, as well as their business then it will require them to become interdependent and cloud enabled, with extremely reliable, secure and instantaneous connectivity.Ultimately the promise of interconnected commerce is inevitable as consumers continue to harness the advantages of mobile technology and greater connectivity in a wider variety of environments and locations. The FT-Equinix Executive Briefing: Remaining competitive through interconnected commerce will bring together industry leaders to map a path for the advancement of commerce’s successful, secure and integrated transformation, while also identifying the additional benefits that it’s interconnected approach can bring to an enterprise.FT-Equinix-Executive-Briefinge34a3b4257d0fd243c3e72ce7a5258c6MM/DD/YYYY

Key Topics

  • How are enterprises in retail and finance, changing the way they service their end customer?
  • Assessing the future role of retail payments in a world of greater connected commerce
  • Overcoming the challenge of going down a mobile-only payments strategy when constant and secure connectivity cannot be guaranteed in all locations
  • What extra value can be unearthed as a result of the transformation going on within retail and payments? Can new benefits be found such as the monetisation of data?
  • How is increased regulation on APIs driving further change in mobile retail and finance? 
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Moderator (1)

Mark Vandevelde

Mark Vandevelde

Global Retail Correspondent
Financial Times

Mark Vandevelde is the FT's global retail correspondent. He previously worked in private equity and at Bain & Company, the consultancy, where his assignments included cold-calling the Three Mile Island nuclear power station in New Jersey to ask about the price of a gadget called a scintillation counter. After a stint in New York studying philosophy, he joined the FT as an editorial writer, and has also edited the paper’s opinion pages.

Speakers (5)

Adrian Buckle

Adrian Buckle

Chief Economist
Payments UK

He leads the organisation’s market research, analysis and forecasting work, encompassing the long- running National Payments Study and the annual Payment Markets Review. He and his team ensure that Payments UK maintains a detailed understanding of the UK’s current and emerging payments landscape, underpinned by a comprehensive awareness of the needs of payment users. His work is relied on by the UK payments industry as the preeminent source of payments data and insight. It is used to help the industry plan for meeting the country’s future payment needs, and is a key input to policy work across Payments UK and beyond.

Mr Buckle’s background is as a competition economist, and his previous roles include positions with the BBC, the Competition Commission, the Office of Fair Trading and in economic consultancy.

Scott Abrahams

Scott Abrahams

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mastercard UK & Ireland

Scott Abrahams is Senior Vice President of Business Development for Mastercard UK & Ireland.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the UK&I Acceptance sales and marketing strategy to drive acceptance growth and increase revenue performance.

Before joining Mastercard, Mr Abrahams served as Vice President and General Manager of Global Supplier Relations EMEA at American Express.  He was responsible for revenues from suppliers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton.  Previously, he held the positions of Vice President of Client Management UK and general manager Nordics at American Express.

Prior to this, Mr Abrahams was Head of Relationship Management at Barclays Bank, leading 100 sales people with a focus on implementing innovation, change, motivation and culture within his team. He began his career at Sainsbury’s as a graduate trainee manager, rising to deputy store manager and then moving to project management where he was accountable for the movement and banking of all Sainsbury’s physical and electronic turnover.

He studied Economics and Law at the University of Leicester in England.

Becky Clements

Becky Clements

Head of Industry Engagement and Payment Change
Metro Bank

As Head of Industry Engagement and Payment Change, Becky Clements is responsible for Metro Bank’s payment and card change activity, as well as leading industry engagement and engagement with critical third party payment suppliers. She has extensive experience of working with the payments industry and delivering long-term, sustainable value to both customers and the business.

Ms Clements has close involvement with the Payment System Regulator and sits on the Advisory Panel and the Payment Strategy Forum and is part of the delivery group for the consolidation of the three Retail Payment schemes. This close involvement gives her a unique perspective on the progress and work being taken to improve customers’ payment experience. Becky is also a Director of Payments UK and Faster Payments.

Robin Clark

Robin Clark

Director of Restaurant Services
Just Eat

Robin Clark joined Just Eat in 2016 to set up their Restaurant Services division. He is driving restaurant engagement and reducing their costs through negotiating deals with leading international brands to bring products and services at scale. Just Eat partners, driven by B2B marketing and a strong sales team will already save millions in the first year.

Mr Clark also worked for over 13 years in the commercial divisions of Marks and Spencer and Tesco where he led teams in buying, merchandising and trading across all channels in non-food categories of up to £0.5bn.  He has developed and bought own brand and branded product ranges sourced from around the world.

Most recently, he has led the transformation of the Tesco Home business re-defining how they segment their customer, source, buy, market, display and trade, delivering greatly improved customer and sales metrics.

Lance Homer

Lance Homer

Global Head of Strategy for Electronic Payments
Equinix

Lance Homer is Equinix’s Global Head of Strategy for Electronic Payments. He has spent eight years building financial ecosystems around the world for Equinix.  He previously was a Vice President at NYFIX with responsibilities over data center and network procurement.  He has been an innovator in the payment space by inventing the method for extracting, collecting, and reconciling customer level data behind the Priceline WebHouse card.   He is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Law School and has B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University.

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Agenda - 22nd Mar

  • 9:45am
    Registration and welcome reception
  • 10:45am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Mark Vandevelde, Global Retail Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 10:50am
    Fireside chat

    Robin Clark, Director of Restaurant Services, Just Eat

    in conversation with Mark Vandevelde, Global Retail Correspondent, Financial Times

    NB. Please note that this session is under Chatham House Rule, therefore it is off-record

  • 11:05am
    Audience Q&A
  • 11:10am
    Panel framing address: Inspiring innovation through an interconnected API ecosystem

    Lance Homer, Global Head of Strategy for Electronic Payments, Equinix

  • 11:20am
    Panel discussion

    Scott Abrahams, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Mastercard UK & Ireland

    Adrian Buckle, Chief Economist, Payments UK

    Becky Clements, Head of Industry Engagement and Payment Change, Metro Bank

    Moderator: Mark Vandevelde, Global Retail Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Audience Q&A
  • 12:10pm
    Chair's closing remarks

    Mark Vandevelde, Global Retail Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:20pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:30pm
    End of event

Who Attends

FT Live has a reputation for delivering senior board-level audiences to attend a wide range of thought leadership events across the globe. 

This executive morning briefing has been designed to answer the most pertinent questions on senior executive's minds right now. Gathering these leading decision makers from a range of sectors including finance, retail and commerce, the audience will comprise of:

  • CEOs
  • Managing Directors
  • General Managers
  • Chief Representative Officers
  • Regional Directors EMEA
  • Country Directors

of:

  • Innovation
  • Strategy
  • Payments and transactions
  • Technology
  • Investment
  • Corporate development
  • Digital and mobile
  • Risk and finance

*Places are strictly limited and subject to approval from the Publisher.

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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

In Association With (1)

Equinix enables the interconnected enterprise to directly connect its employees, partners and customers to what they need, in the right context and using the devices, channels and services they prefer wherever they may be. The result: extraordinary experiences for your customers, high engagement for your employees, top value for your shareholders and exponential growth for your business.

Equinix is the interconnection leader, strategically positioned with the world's most connected data centres, bringing together market leaders and innovators on a single, global interconnection platform, accelerating business performance and fostering endless opportunities. 

Unmatched global data centres - With 145+ data centres in 40 markets on five continents

World’s Leading Interconnection Platform - 180,000+ connections between our customers

Vibrant business ecosystems - 8,000+ other companies with which to partner

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 40 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. In a digital economy where enterprise business models are increasingly interdependent, interconnection is essential to success. Equinix operates the only global interconnection platform, sparking new opportunities that are only possible when companies come together.

Venue

Financial Times Headquarters
One Southwark Bridge
London SE1 9HL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7873 4511
Email: ftlive@ft.com

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Contact

Philippa Howard
Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times
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Delegate Booking and Registration Enquiries
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Speaking Opportunities
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