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FT Business of Luxury Summit 2019

Rethinking Luxury

Madrid |
Speakers include:
Jonathan  Anderson

Jonathan Anderson

JW Anderson & LOEWE

Sidney  Toledano

Sidney Toledano

LVMH Fashion Group

Ana Botin

Ana Botin

Banco Santander

Overview

Celebrating its 15th year, the 2019 Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit will be held for the first time in Madrid, a city with a strong and vibrant cultural heritage.

This Summit will take place during a period of continuing political disruption and economic uncertainty and the agenda will focus on the opportunities that can arise for the industry from this fluctuating environment. How can businesses adopt agile and start-up strategies that will deliver growth and exceed customer and shareholder expectations? Will the industry be able to protect itself from the might of the e-commerce giants? What needs to change? Where are the new developing markets and with trade wars a high risk, how will the industry retain the lucrative Chinese market? The programme will also look at the latest investment opportunities in the sector with panels of leading investors from the banking and private equity.

Co-chaired by the FT's Editor, Lionel Barber and Fashion Editor, Jo Ellison, you will be joined by leading executives from the industry as well as innovators and financiers to debate the latest changes in the luxury narrative and what lies ahead.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/19/2019 19:30:0005/21/2019 15:00:00trueFT Business of Luxury Summit 2019Celebrating its 15th year, the 2019 Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit will be held for the first time in Madrid, a city with a strong and vibrant cultural heritage.This Summit will take place during a period of continuing political disruption and economic uncertainty and the agenda will focus on the opportunities that can arise for the industry from this fluctuating environment. How can businesses adopt agile and start-up strategies that will deliver growth and exceed customer and shareholder expectations? Will the industry be able to protect itself from the might of the e-commerce giants? What needs to change? Where are the new developing markets and with trade wars a high risk, how will the industry retain the lucrative Chinese market? The programme will also look at the latest investment opportunities in the sector with panels of leading investors from the banking and private equity.Co-chaired by the FT's Editor, Lionel Barber and Fashion Editor, Jo Ellison, you will be joined by leading executives from the industry as well as innovators and financiers to debate the latest changes in the luxury narrative and what lies ahead.FT-Business-of-Luxury-Summit-2019a59b977a77ab28b0d2c3212a432b120dMM/DD/YYYY

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Jonathan  Anderson

Jonathan Anderson

Creative Director
JW Anderson & LOEWE

Jonathan Anderson is one of the leading fashion designers of his generation, earning both critical acclaim and commercial success with the collections he designs for his eponymous label, JW Anderson, and as creative director of the LVMH-owned Spanish luxury house LOEWE. 

Anderson attended the London College of Fashion and launched his own menswear collection in 2008, under the JW Anderson label. In 2010, he expanded into womenswear and in 2013 was named the creative director of LOEWE, beginning a bold new chapter for the house. Two years later, in 2015, he became the first fashion designer to be awarded both Men’s and Womenswear Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Over the course of his career, Anderson has also collaborated on collections and products for brands including Converse, Coca-Cola, Topshop and Uniqlo, among others. 

Outside the world of fashion, Anderson is a dedicated supporter of art and craft. In 2016, he founded the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize, the world´s first international award for contemporary craft and, in 2017, he curated Disobedient Bodies, an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Wakefield, UK.

 Born in Northern Ireland in 1984 Jonathan is the son of Irish rugby player, Willie Anderson, and Heather Buckley, who worked as a secondary school teacher.

Photo credit: Scott Trindle

Sidney  Toledano

Sidney Toledano

Chairman & CEO
LVMH Fashion Group
Ana Botin

Ana Botin

Executive Chairman
Banco Santander

Ana Botín was appointed Executive Chairman of Banco Santander in September 2014. Since then she has led Santander to become one of the most profitable and efficient banks in the world, serving over 140 million customers across Europe and the Americas.

She began her career at JPMorgan in New York, before joining Santander in 1988 to lead the Group’s expansion in Latin America. In 2002 she became Chief Executive of Banesto in Spain before becoming CEO of Santander UK in 2010.

Ms Botin is a Board member of the Coca-Cola Company, and a member of the MIT CEO Advisory Board. She is also the founder and Chair of both Fundacion CyD, which supports the contribution made by universities to economic and social development in Spain, and Empieza por Educar, which trains talented graduates to become teachers.

Emmanuel  Gintzburger

Emmanuel Gintzburger

Chief Executive Officer
Alexander McQueen
Sir Paul  Smith

Sir Paul Smith

Chairman
Paul Smith Ltd

Sir Paul Smith is one of Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. Famous for its clothing and accessories collections, Paul Smith specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge design to create beautifully made, desirable, modern pieces. Paul Smith is loved across the world. From its origins in one small shop in Nottingham, England, in 1970, Paul Smith has grown into a global business, selling in over seventy countries. Starting with one men’s collection, the business now comprises collections for men, women and children, including, shoes, accessories, fragrance and home furnishings. Throughout its development Paul Smith’s values of curiosity, quality and authenticity have remained constant.

Adrian  Cheng

Adrian Cheng

Founder, K11;
Co-Founder, C Ventures

Adrian Cheng is Founder of K11, a concept brand of unique cultural and retail destinations and Co-Founder of C Ventures. He is also the Executive Vice-Chairman of New World Development and Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery.

Adrian Cheng, renowned entrepreneur and change-maker, is one of Asia’s most forward-thinking business leaders. Mr Cheng co-founded C Ventures with Clive Ng in 2017 as the first investment fund to build an ecosystem for fashion, creative media and entertainment companies. With a focus on disruptive technology, lifestyle and media, C Ventures’ mission is to connect China’s millennials and generation Z with the world. Today there are over a dozen companies in the portfolio, including Moda Operandi, Not Just A Label, Beautycon, YOHO! and Threads.  

This vision is the driving force behind the US$2.5 billion SKYCITY, a new edutainment and wellness destination and financial hub in Hong Kong, as well as his creation of the art and design district Victoria Dockside, the latest US$2.6 billion, 3 million-square-foot project that redefines Hong Kong’s harbourfront. Set to fully open in Q3 2019, Victoria Dockside comprises a number of flagships including K11 MUSEA museum-retail destination, K11 ATELIER office building, K11 ARTUS luxury residences and the ultra-luxury Rosewood Hong Kong.

Mr Cheng’s expertise and ambition make him a visionary entrepreneur, not only in China but internationally. He is the pioneer of The Artisanal Movement for New World’s property development undertakings, an initiative which weaves the narrative of craft, bespoke design, heritage and quality into many of its developments.

This narrative is further expanded in the K11 brand he established, which looks to give Chinese culture a global voice, through a collection of museum-retail spaces (K11 Art Malls), offices (K11 ATELIER), hospitality (K11 ARTUS) and cultural platforms (K11 Art Foundation and K11 Kulture Academy). Mr Cheng’s work extends to projects in healthcare, child education and providing early-stage funding to disruptive start-ups, technology-driven brands and platforms that appeal to next generation consumers.

Mr Cheng has been acknowledged by Fortune as one of its “40 Under 40” global business stars, a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and was made an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government, the youngest person in Hong Kong to receive this honour.  Mr Cheng has invested significant time and energy into promoting art and cultural exchange internationally and holds a number of board roles within organisations such as the TATE, the Centre Pompidou and the National Museum of China.

Sujata  Bhatia

Sujata Bhatia

Senior Vice President & GM for Global Merchant Services Europe
American Express

Sujata Bhatia is the Senior Vice President & GM for Global Merchant Services Europe. In this role, Ms Bhatia manages the European merchant business and focuses on expanding our merchant acceptance network and strengthening our merchant relationships across Europe. Prior to this role, Ms Bhatia was Senior Vice President of of Global Strategy & Payments in Global Merchant and Network Services, leading a global team focused on delivering new payment forms and a premium merchant member experience to support the growth of the network.

Ms Bhatia has been with American Express for 14 years. She joined American Express as Director in the Strategic Planning Group. She has held a variety of roles including Director of International Partnerships for the International Consumer Card Business, Vice President of Business Development, and Vice President of International Business Insights. She has held a number of Marketing roles including Vice President of International Marketing, leading a team across 21 markets driving marketing strategies and providing business insights analytics for Merchants, and Vice President of Acquisition, Loyalty & Engagement for Europe.

Prior to joining American Express, Ms Bhatia was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in London and worked at Goldman Sachs and Ernst & Young. Sujata holds her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ross Bailey

Ross Bailey

Founder & CEO
Appear Here

Ross Bailey is the Founder & CEO of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Appear Here’s mission is to create a world where anyone with an idea can find space to make it happen. Named one of ‘the most disruptive companies in property, by The Financial Times, Appear Here has become the go-to destination to make innovative and creative retail ideas happen. The company has launched stores for big international brands such as Google, Apple and Nike, leading designers from Chanel to Kanye West and Supreme, plus 1000's of new independents. Since it launched in 2013, Appear Here has over 200,000 brands using the service and lists over 7,000 prime retail spaces across the UK, US and France. Since starting the company aged just 20, Mr Bailey has been chosen as one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business and Commercial Observer's top power disruptors in real estate.

Kristina Blahnik

Kristina Blahnik

Chief Executive Officer
Manolo Blahnik
Ingrid  Brochard

Ingrid Brochard

Co-Founder
Panoply

Ingrid Brochard is the Co-Founder of Panoply, a rental service giving access to designer apparel. She launched the company in 2015.

Prior to that, she created MUMO in 2010, the first mobile contemporary art museum which was honored by the French government and Ashoka. She founded her first company importing cosmetics from Asia at the age of 19. Several years later, she created the fashion and contemporary art magazine Be Contemporary and also produced a number of programmes about contemporary art for French television.

She graduated from SciencesPo Paris, and is Officier des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.

Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter

Chief Economist
Citigroup

Willem Buiter joined Citi in January 2010 as Chief Economist. One of the world’s most distinguished macro economists, Mr Buiter previously was Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and is a widely published author on economic affairs in books, professional journals and the press. Between 2005 and 2010, he was an advisor to Goldman Sachs advising clients on a global basis. Prior to this, Mr Buiter was Chief Economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development between 2000 and 2005 and from 1997 and 2000 a founder external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England. He has been a consultant to the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the European Commission and an advisor to many central banks and finance ministries. Mr Buiter has held a number of other leading academic positions, including Cassel Professor of Money & Banking at the LSE between 1982 and 1984, Professorships in Economics at Yale University in the US between 1985 and 1994, and Professor of International Macroeconomics at Cambridge University in the UK between 1994 and 2000. Willem has a B.A. in Economics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Economics from Yale University. He has been a member of the British Academy since 1998 and was awarded the CBE in 2000 for services to economics.

Julia Calabrese

Julia Calabrese

CEO
McArthurGlen

Julia Calabrese is McArthurGlen Group’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the operation of McArthurGlen’s portfolio of 24 designer outlets across nine countries in Europe and Canada.

As CEO, Julia leads an award-winning company that pioneered the concept of outlet retailing in Europe, opening its first centre – Cheshire Oaks - in 1995. Today, McArthurGlen has centres in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.

As part of its on-going expansion, McArthurGlen is under way or in planning with four new designer outlets in Málaga (southern Spain), the West Midlands (the UK), Remscheid (near the German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf) and Normandie (45 minutes from Paris.)

McArthurGlen is renowned for its brand-led business model. Julia leads the relationships with many of the Group’s top brand partners, which include the world’s most famous names in luxury fashion, retail and hospitality.

Julia joined McArthurGlen in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer, becoming CEO in 2002. Prior to joining McArthurGlen, Julia was Senior Managing Director at global real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield.  Before this, Julia worked with Joey Kaempfer, McArthurGlen’s Founder and Chairman, at Kaempfer Management Services, specialising in high-rise office development in Washington DC.

Shirley  Chen

Shirley Chen

Founder & CEO
Narrativ

Shirley Chen is the Founder and CEO of Narrativ, a technology company building an alternative web for shopping.

In a world where two giants defined e-commerce as we know it — Google made it easy for consumers to search for the cheapest price while Amazon connected fulfillment to keyword search — Narrativ believes the Internet is ready to evolve beyond price comparison and order fulfillment.

Consumers are now asking for more from shopping. The keyword search popularized by traditional industry leaders is being replaced by content based search. Shoppers are iterating on keywords in search to find information on more personal and more specific shopping questions — “what IS the sound system that will fit best in a 1000 sq foot apartment?” — to dig up advice from voices they trust.

Empirically, this approach drives double the conversion rates of traditional product search. Narrativ’s technology maps consumer questions and keywords to content and product catalogues at scale. This database is not only valuable to consumers for honing product selection, but also critical for retailers, logistics providers, and all other participants in the value chain who need data to maximize sales.

In recent years, consumer trust has been broken by the market search leaders who push unwanted products and monopolize channels. Narrativ provides the core infrastructure to democratize search, traffic and content to provide invaluable data for the world of retailers, publishers, and start-ups outside of the two giants.

In just three years, Narrativ has already assembled a library of millions of product nodes matched to expert reviews from top commerce publishers like Buzzfeed, NYT Wirecutter, and Hearst. This database enables retailers such as Macy's, Ulta Beauty and Nordstrom to tap into $25B of annual consumer spend. E-commerce represents only 10% of total US shopping today, and Narrativ believes its enormous growth potential will only be unlocked by improving the online shopping experience.

Ms Chen has been named Forbes 30 under 30, honored as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and as a Fashion Disruptor by the Financial Times.

Prior to founding Narrativ, Chen led double-digit growth as Head of Marketing & Business Development at Moda Operandi (an online retailer with $165mm in 2018 revenue) and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and loves cyberpunk.

Frederic  Court

Frederic Court

Founder
Felix Capital

Frederic Court is the Founder of Felix Capital, a London-based Venture firm with c. $300m under management. He was previously General Partner with Advent Venture Partners, and has been working in the tech industry as an entrepreneur and investor for 20 years. At Felix, Frederic focuses on investment in digital lifestyle opportunities, including brands, platforms and enabling technologies. He sits on the board of Farfetch (NYSE:FTCH), which went public in 2018 with a $7bn market cap, where he was the first investor in 2010 (Series A). Other illustrative investments include Zong (sold to ebay), Vitrue (sold to Oracle), Dailymotion (sold to Orange), Goop, The business of fashion, Highsnobiety, Mirakl, Deliveroo, Peloton. Frederic has been shortlisted in the Midas List Europe in 2017 and 2018, and was named "Investor of the Year" in Europe by its peers at the 2012 Investor All Stars event.

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero

International Adviser
Goldman Sachs and Santander

Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero is a Spanish lawyer, economist, politician and businessman.

Mr de la Dehesa played a notable role in the reform and opening up of the Spanish economy, after the death of Francisco Franco. He served in the ministries of commerce, energy, industry and economics and the Bank of Spain. He was Secretary of State of Economy and Finance between 1986 and 1988, under the government of Felipe González.

Mr de la Dehesa then joined the private sector, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Pastor and President of Gas Madrid. He was Chairman of the High Council of the Chambers of Commerce of Spain between 1991 and 1998. He was an international advisor to Goldman Sachs for 29 years, retiring in 2017, and a board member of Union Fenosa, Campofrio and Telepizza. He was also Chairman of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Currently, Mr de la Dehesa is non-executive Chairman of Aviva Corporation, non-executive Vice Chairman of Amadeus IT Group, a member of the European Advisory Board of Eli Llly and non-executive Vice-Chairman of Banco Santander. He is an advisor to Centene Corporation in the US, Alpine Partners in London and Taconic Capital in London. He is Chairman of the IE Business School, Honorary Chairman of CEPR, a member of Foro Iberoamerica, a member of the Group of Thirty and a board member of the Global Development Network.

Jean-Marc Liebeherr

Jean-Marc Liebeherr

Chief Executive Officer
Diamond Producers Association
Stephen  Lussier

Stephen Lussier

Executive Vice President, DeBeers Group
Chief Executive Officer, Forevermark
Clive Ng

Clive Ng

Co-Founder
C Ventures

Clive Ng emanates from an old-established family based in Penang, Malaysia. He operates as a Media Sector financier. He was instrumental in securing joint venture partnerships between Pacific Media and United Artists Theatres (renamed Regal Entertainment Group) and Television Broadcasts of Hong Kong. He was Co-CEO of United International Asia Holdings, a partnership between United International Holdings (since renamed Liberty Global) and his family, a US cable company, to enter the Asian market.

He co-founded and became Vice Chairman of TVB Superchannel Europe in 1992, which has grown to become Europe’s leading Chinese language broadcaster. He also was the CEO of Pacific Media a home shopping company and initiated the purchase of TV Media from H&Q Asia Pacific and built the company to over US$450 mm in market capitalisation. He subsequently sold control of the company to the Koo family from Taiwan. He also owned a 50% stake in HongKong SuperNet, the first Hong Kong based ISP which was then sold to Pacific Internet.

Mr Ng has many years of experience with internet start-ups and e-commerce companies in Asia. He was Chairman and founder of Asiacontent, one of the first Asian internet companies to list in the US that was the joint venture partner of NBCi, MTVi, C-NET, CBS Sportsline and DoubleClick in Asia. Mr Ng was also one of the initial investors and founder of E*TRADE Asia, a partnership with E*TRADE Financial Corp. He is also a founding shareholder of MTV Japan, with H&Q Asia Pacific and MTV Networks (a division of Viacom Inc.). He was Chairman of China Broadband Limited (since renamed to You On Demand) from 2007 – 2010 and Chairman of China Cablecom Limited from 2008 to 2012.

He is currently Chairman of Yaddo , a documentary OTT channel and Vice Chairman of Dazed Media. He served as a Senior Advisor to Warner Music Group Inc. Mr Ng is presently Founding Partner of C Ventures, a global investment fund focusing on media, tech, fashion and lifestyle companies and brands focused on connection and community.

Jesús Nuño   de la Rosa

Jesús Nuño de la Rosa

Chief Executive Officer
El Corte Ingles
Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson

Wine Correspondent
Financial Times

Described by Decanter magazine as 'the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world', Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first-ever Wine Website of the Year in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for The Financial Times, and bi-monthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, co-author with Hugh Johnson of The World Atlas of Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours, each of these books recognised as a standard reference worldwide.

An award-winning TV presenter, she travels all over the world to conduct wine events and act as a wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises.

She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

Simon Staples

Simon Staples

Sales Director – Fine Wine

Joining Berry Bros. & Rudd from Harrods almost thirty years ago, Simon Staples works as the company’s Sales Director for Fine Wine.

Over the past three decades Simon has developed an impressive understanding of the business through various positions across the business, including roles as Sales and Marketing Director and UK Sales Director before leaving for Asia. Simon Staples spent three years in Hong Kong where he worked as Sales Director, followed by two years in Tokyo as Sales Director for Japan. He returned to the UK in June 2016 and heads up the fine wine sales team.

His love of wine was sparked back in 1989 when he first tried Mouton Rothschild 1982. Since then he hasn’t looked back and daily bids on lots on BBX – Berry Bros: & Rudd’s fine wine exchange platform.

Mr Staples says that if he was a wine he would be ‘full, rounded, robust, decadent … seemingly flamboyant, but actually with a reserved core that doesn’t take itself too seriously’.

Paul Tumpowsky

Paul Tumpowsky

CEO
Skylark

Paul Tumpowsky is CEO and one of the founders of Skylark. A member of Travel+Leisure’s global “A-List”, he has been recognized as one of the leading authorities in luxury travel and a principal figure in shaping the future of the industry.

He founded and advised numerous companies before launching Skylark. For 20 years, he has been Chairman of the InSITE Fellowship for the United States’ top graduate students focused on technology and entrepreneurship, and has taught at Columbia University and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Paul received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he concentrated on finance and entrepreneurship, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was Chairman of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and has studied at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.

Stephen  Webster

Stephen Webster

Founder & Creative Director
Stephen Webster
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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Editor
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Jo Ellison

Jo Ellison

Fashion Editor
Financial Times

Jo Ellison is fashion editor of the Financial Times and editorial coordinator of the FT’s annual Business of Luxury conference.

Ellison is the author of Vogue: The Gown, an overview of evening dresses in British Vogue over the last century. In 2013 she was named Features Writer of the Year by the Fashion Monitor Journalism Awards.

As features director at British Vogue between 2008 and 2014, Ellison wrote and commissioned the title’s main features and interviews for both the magazine and website, across topics including food, beauty, politics and health. She is a former features editor at the Independent and started her career at the Irish Examiner. She holds an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.

John Ridding

John Ridding

CEO
Financial Times Group

John Ridding is the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times Group, a role he has held for the past 10 years. Under his stewardship the FT has expanded its global operations, successfully scaled and transformed its core business and acquired a number of companies that support its multichannel strategy including Money-Media, Medley Global Advisors, Exec-Appointments, Assanka (renamed FT Labs), Alpha Grid and most recently Longitude.

He managed the acquisition of the FT by Nikkei in 2015, a merger than has been completed smoothly to create a global news media leader. He also serves as a Special Executive Director of Nikkei. He is co-chair of Nikkei’s Digital Strategy Committee and sits on Nikkei’s Global Investment Committee.
During his tenure the FT has built its reputation for quality global news and analysis and digital transformation. The FT now attracts the largest paying readership in its 129-year history, with two-thirds of its readership now coming from digital channels and a growing presence in video and social media. It has won a series of awards for its strategy and its coverage and is recognised as an industry leader in innovation and communications.

Mr Ridding has been at the FT for 29 years, including leadership roles in editorial, business and at the FT’s former parent company, Pearson, where he was President of Pearson Professional, a division of the global education business. He was a member of Pearson’s executive board, and also served as President of Pearson in Asia, over-seeing the group’s regional education strategy. He launched the Corporate Learning Alliance in partnership with IE of Spain and the FT125, a leadership forum now complemented by a forum for women in business.

Prior to his Pearson role, Mr Ridding was the editor and publisher of the Financial Times in Asia. He led the launch of the FT’s Asia edition in 2003, steering it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. He also led the development of the FT’s Chinese language website, which now has more than 2m users and is the leading international source of business news in China. He launched a number of training and educational initiatives in the region.

During his career at the FT, Mr Ridding has held a variety of senior positions in both editorial and business departments, including deputy editor, managing editor, Asia editor, Paris correspondent and Korea correspondent. Before joining the FT, he worked at Oxford Analytica, heading the economics and Asia Pacific desks.

Martin Wolf CBE

Martin Wolf CBE

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University and King’s College, London. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2014, he was made a University Global Fellow of Columbia University, and a Senior Fellow in Global Economic Policy at its School of International Public Affairs. He is a member of the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Wolf has been included in Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. He has won the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism, the RTZ David Watt memorial prize, the Journalism Prize of the Fundacio Catalunya Oberta (Open Catalonia Foundation), Commentator of the Year at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards, the “Ludwig-Erhard Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik” (“Ludwig Erhard Prize for economic commentary”), and “Commentariat of the Year” at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers recognised Mr Wolf in its Best in Business Journalism competition. He has also won the Ischia International Journalism Prize and the Overseas Press Club of America’s prize for “best commentary on international news in any medium”.
His most recent publications are Fixing Global Finance (Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). Mr Wolf was educated at Oxford University. He has honorary doctorates from Nottingham University, Kingston University, Macquarie University, the London School of Economics, Warwick University and KU Leuven.

Gillian de Bono

Gillian de Bono

Editor, How To Spend It and Assistant Editor,
Financial Times

Gillian de Bono joined the Financial Times in 1994 to set up a magazine department following the success of a trial issue of How To Spend It for FT Weekend. Previously, she spent 13 years launching, relaunching and editing women’s glossy magazines.

Ms de Bono spent her formative journalist years at Consumers Association, publishers of Which? magazine where, as a writer, she won the first Rosemary Goodchild Award in 1986 for the year’s best article on women’s health.

She has received three British Society of Magazine Editors awards – as Launch Editor of the Year in 1986 for Essentials magazine and as Newspaper Magazine Editor of the Year in 1999 and 2004 for How To Spend It. How To Spend It was voted Colour Supplement of the Year at The 2017 Newsawards, the fifteenth time the magazine has won this award. How To Spend It is also the only colour supplement to have won all three major industry awards in a single year: The British Press Awards 2004, the British Society of Magazine Editors 2004 and The 2004 Newspaper Awards.

Ms de Bono is also editor of howtospendit.com which was voted Best Lifestyle Website in the 2014 Lovie Awards and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site, The 2015 Drum Online Media Awards.

Angela Mackay

Angela Mackay

Global Publisher, FT Live and Managing Director Asia Pacific
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes FTChinese.com, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a non-executive director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a board member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Rachel Sanderson

Rachel Sanderson

Milan Correspondent
Financial Times

Rachel Sanderson has written about Italian business, finance, fashion, politics and culture for the Financial Times since September 2010. She has broken some of the biggest corporate stories in Italy from LVMH’s buyout of Bulgari to Italy’s multibillion bank bail out plan. She was the first foreign newspaper reporter to interview Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Rachel is an alumna of Reuters and Breakingviews and graduate of Cambridge University.

Harriet Agnew

Harriet Agnew

Paris Correspondent
Financial Times

Harriet Agnew is a correspondent at the FT in Paris, covering the retail, luxury, telecoms, tech, consumer and media sectors. Before that she was City Correspondent at the FT. She previously wrote about hedge funds at Euromoney Institutional Investor and Financial News.  

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Sessions include

Additional speakers and sessions to be announced shortly

Lessons in leadership 
Ana Botin, Executive Chairman, Santander Group
In conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Brands, bicycles and Brexit
Sir Paul Smith CBE, Chairman, Paul Smith Ltd
In conversation with Lionel Barber, Editor, Financial Times

Diamonds Disrupted
Lab-grown diamonds are identical in composition and structure to natural diamonds. Even experts can have trouble telling them apart. How are consumers responding to these cultured gems, and where does this leave the traditional diamond industry?
Stephen Webster, Founder and Creative Designer, Stephen Webster
Stephen Lussier, Executive VP, DeBeers Group and CEO, Forevermark  
Jean-Marc Liebeherr, CEO, Diamond Producers Association
In conversation with Gillian de Bono, Editor, How To Spent It

A’s List
Can C Ventures build the next global luxury conglomerate?
Clive Ng, Founding Partner, C Ventures
Adrian Cheng, Founding Partner, C Ventures
In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

The best foot forward
The rise and rise of luxury accessories
Kristina Blahnik, CEO, Manolo Blahnik
In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

Global Economic Prospects
Willem Buiter, Special Economic Adviser, Citi
Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero, International Adviser, Goldman Sachs and Santander
In conversation with Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Resisting fast fashion
How is sustainable fashion responding to environmental, ethical and social concerns with new forms of consumption? Does this have to come at the expense of profits?
Ingrid Brochard, CEO, Panoply
In conversation with Harriet Agnew, Paris Correspondent, Financial Times

Culture shot! How to reinvent tourism for the 21st Century 
What makes a city a major destination? As cities increasingly depend on visitor spending, what is the modern tourist looking for? Is culture enough?
Ross Bailey, Founder & CEO, Appear Here
Richard FoundFound Associates
Paul Trumpowsky, CEO, Skylark
In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

Changing the narrative
How to revolutionise the traditional media model 
Frederic Court, Founder and Managing Director, Felix Capital
Shirley Chen, Founder & CEO, Narrativ
Alexia Niedzielski, Founding Member, System Magazine
In conversation with Jo Ellison, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

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Agenda - 19th May

  • 7:30pm
    Summit Welcome Drinks & Private Tours

    Venue: Museo Nacional del Prado

  • 8:45pm
    Welcome Address

     

Agenda - 20th May

  • 8:30am
    Registration

    Venue: The Westin Palace Madrid

  • 9:30am
    Welcome Remarks
  • 11:00am
    Break
  • 1:45pm
    Lunch
  • 4:20pm
    Break
  • 6:00pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 7:45pm
    Summit Drinks & Dinner

    Venue: Casino de Madrid

Agenda - 21st May

  • 9:00am
    Breakfast

    Venue: The Westin Palace Madrid

  • 9:30am
    Welcome Remarks
  • 11:10am
    Break
  • 1:40pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 1:45pm
    Lunch

Who attends

The FT Business of Luxury Summit attracts senior luxury sector executives, corporate decision-makers and financiers from around the world including Chairmen, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CTOs, Presidents and Managing Directors from across the luxury industry including:

Fashion - Retail - Jewellery - Motor - Yacht Manufacturing - Watches - Technology Companies - Private Equity - Investment Banking - Private Banking - Investment / Asset Management - Architecture / Construction - Luxury Hotels - Luxury Residential Property - Auctioneering - Yacht Broking - Arts - Credit Card Companies - Film - Shopping Malls - Advertising / Marketing - Design Consultancies

Previous notable attendees included:

Akris - Alexander McQueen - Alibaba - Anya Hindmarch - Aquascutum - Balenciaga - Bally - Belmond - Bentley - Bottega Veneta - Boucheron - Burberry - Calvin Klein - Cartier - Chloé - Chopard - Comme des Garçons - De Beers - Diane von Furstenberg - Diesel - Emilio Pucci - Ermenegildo Zegna - Estée Lauder - Farfetch - Ferrari - Giorgio Armani - Girard-Perregaux - Goldman Sachs - Google - Gucci - Harrods - Harvey Nichols - Hermes - Hublot - Hugo Boss - Jaeger - Jimmy Choo - Juicy Couture - Kering - Lanvin - L’oreal - Loewe - Longchamp - LVMH - Marni - Morgan Stanley - Mulberry - Oscar de la Renta - Philippe Starck - Polo Ralph Lauren - Prada - Richemont - Rolex - Stella McCartney - Tiffany & Co. - Timex - Tod’s - Topshop - Valentino - Yoox Net-a-Porter

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Why Attend

  • 400+ attendee’s from the luxury industry for you to connect with
  • 10+ hours of networking with peers
  • 33 countries represented to give global insight
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Why sponsor

Affiliate with the Financial Times and the premier business event in the calendar for senior executives in the global luxury sector, positioning your brand alongside it. The FT runs many ads (on average we tend to run 40+ ads each year), promoting the summit, all carrying sponsor branding, which also appears on all direct-mail campaigns and other marketing material. Advertisements for the event also appear on FT.com and in media partner publications which have included FT Deutschland, Nikkei, Women’s Wear Daily, Les Echos, Monocle and Vogue as well as many regional newspapers and business magazines.

A rare opportunity to meet, influence and network with an exclusive audience of 400+ C-level and other senior executives in the global luxury goods and services market, who, with access to millions of their own high net worth customers could be future marketing partners or collaborators for any company also targeting this elusive affluent group. For suppliers of products and services to the luxury sector, we offer you a highly targeted audience of business decision-makers.

All delegates are high net worth individuals themselves, who travel in luxury and buy luxury goods and services. They are also important opinion leaders on what’s new in luxury and are highly influential.

For more information, please contact:

Craig Bethell
Tel: +44 (0) 207 873 4110
Email: craig.bethell@ft.com

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Venue

The Westin Palace Madrid
Plaza de las Cortes, 7,
28014
Madrid

Spain


Museo Nacional Del Prado
Paseo del Prado, s/n,
28014
Madrid

Spain


Casino de Madrid
Calle de Alcalá,
15, 28014
Madrid

Spain


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Accommodation

Financial Times has arranged very special rates for Summit attendees at the host hotel, The Westin Palace Madrid

The system is live now and reservations can be made until 31st May 2019.

Available dates are 19th -21st May 2019.

Rate: EUR 279.00 including a buffet breakfast + Taxes for single occupancy

Double occupancy is charged at a supplement of EUR 65.00

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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. The FT has a record paying readership of 985,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community. 

In association with (1)

Michel Dyens & Co. is a leading independent investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions in luxury, beauty, spirits and premium branded consumer goods. With headquarters in New York and Paris, Michel Dyens & Co. has closed numerous landmark deals in luxury and premium brands. Michel Dyens & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor in such luxury goods deals as the ultra-premium Grey Goose vodka brand in the sale to Bacardi, the iconic American high jewelry brand Harry Winston in the sale to Aber Diamond Corporation, Boucheron to Kering and the haute horlogerie watch brand Hublot to LVMH.

Among other transactions, Michel Dyens & Co. has recently closed the deal in whichthe ultra-luxury fragrance brand By Kilian was sold to Estée Lauder; an interest in the Korean skincare brand Dr. Jart+ was bought by Estée Lauder; the largest independent hair color and hair care company in Brazil, Niely Cosmeticos, sold to L’Oréal; and the luxury furniture and interior architecture brand Liaigre was sold to Symphony International, a London-listed, investment company.

Other transactions include the sale of John Frieda Professional Hair Care and Molton Brown, the luxury bath and body products maker, when each was acquired by Kao Corporation of Japan, and the ultra-premium luxury liqueur St. Germain in the sale of the brand to Bacardi.

Platinum Sponsor (1)

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpressfoursquare.com/americanexpresslinkedin.com/company/american-expresstwitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

Key links to products, services and corporate responsibility information: charge and credit cardsbusiness credit cardsPlenti rewards programtravel servicesgift cardsprepaid cardsmerchant servicesAccertifycorporate cardbusiness travel and corporate responsibility.

Gold Sponsor (2)

McArthurGlen Group, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, was founded in Europe by the Kaempfer Partners in 1993. The pioneer of designer outlet retailing in Europe, McArthurGlen has since developed 6.8 million sq ft of outlet space. The company manages 24 McArthurGlen designer outlets across nine countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK delivering total portfolio revenues of over 4.5 billion euros a year.

The centres are home to the most sought-after luxury and premium brands, and offer over 90 million fashion-loving customers year-round savings in vibrant, high-quality shopping environments.

In 2013, McArthurGlen became a joint venture between the Kaempfer Partners and Simon Property Group Co. (NYSE SPG), the world’s largest retail property owner.

As part of its on-going expansion, McArthurGlen is also under way or in planning with new designer outlets in: Cannock (near Birmingham in the UK), Remscheid (near the German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf), Málaga (southern Spain) and one near Paris (Normandie).

For more information, please visit, www.mcarthurglen.com.

El Corte Inglés Department Stores in Spain & Portugal 

The Ultimate Destination for Shopping Lovers

Located everywhere in Spain, renowned department store El Corte Inglés is one of the largest and most unique department store group in Europe and has placed itself among the 10 largest worldwide. Founded in 1940, El Corte Inglés Group is famous for its world-class offerings of luxury and gourmet products, VIP client services and tourist benefits. A name synonymous with quality, prestige and best-in-class customer service, El Corte Inglés is committed to providing shoppers with an exclusive and luxurious shopping experience. 

The Group takes its name from a small tailor shop in the heart of Madrid purchased by El Corte Inglés founders, Ramón Areces Rodríguez and César Rodríguez. Over the past 78 years, the company has grown, with successive expansions and modifications taking place, in order to offer the modern, yet landmark of Spanish history that is the El Corte Inglés of today.

Silver Sponsor (2)

General Atlantic is a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. Established in 1980, General Atlantic combines a collaborative global approach, sector specific expertise, a long-term investment horizon and a deep understanding of growth drivers to partner with great entrepreneurs and management teams to build exceptional businesses worldwide. General Atlantic has more than 150 investment professionals based in New York, Amsterdam, Beijing, Greenwich, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Palo Alto, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Singapore. 

Natural Fur – the responsible Choice.

Natural fur is a contemporary material with rich heritage that appeals to designers and consumers of all ages. It is a clean, sustainable fashion material with less impact on landfills and oceans than plastic fur. 

The fur sector is responsible and highly regulated with welfare and sustainability at the core of its operations. The industry generates millions of jobs; from farming in rural communities to design and skilled craftsmen in fashion cities across the globe. 

To find out more about this natural material and the responsible fur industry, visit www.wearefur.com.

Host Supporting Partner (1)

Círculo Fortuny is a non-profit organization with the aim of bringing together the Spanish cultural and creative brands in a common forum to collectively promote and defend their shared values.

In addition, the association enhances the image of Spanish luxury brands beyond their borders, and represents and defends the particularity of this sector as a powerful engine of the Spanish economy.

Círculo Fortuny members are a balanced representation of different sectors that make up the Spanish high-end industry based on the highest standards of excellence in their productive processes and in the services offered.

Current sectors represented in Círculo Fortuny are: Design & Furniture, Fashion, Food, Health & Wellness, Hotels & Resorts, Jewels & Watches, Leather, Wines & Spirits, Craftsmanship Gunmakers.

Círculo Fortuny is part of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance (ECCIA) which in turn encompasses Europe’s other four most prominent luxury goods associations: Comité Colbert in France, Fondazione Altagamma in Italy, Walpole in the UK and Meisterkreis in Germany.

Supporting Partner (2)

Since 1992, Altagamma Foundation gathers the best High-End Italian Cultural and Creative Companies that promote Italian Excellence, Uniqueness and Lifestyle. Altagamma is unique for its cross-sectorial approach, as its members operate in multiple fields among which fashion, design, jewellery, food & beverages, hospitality, automotive, yachts and wellness.

The mission is to contribute to the growth and the competitiveness of the  Italian High-End industry.

A unique membership association of 200 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, Walpole promotes, protects and develops the qualities of UK luxury: the long tradition, rich heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service at the heart of the industry – currently worth over £32 billion to the UK economy and a leading creator of jobs. Dedicated to nurturing the next generation of luxury brands, craftspeople and leaders, Walpole connects Britain’s best up-and-coming talent with a network of senior mentors from within the established membership. Its programme of events, thought leadership activities and political and media engagement furthers the collective interests of Walpole’s members, ensuring the continued and future success of British luxury on an international stage.

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