PI Apparel 2016 Speakers
CEO, Holition, UK
Jonathan comes from a background in luxury retail having spent 10 years working for the De Beers Group as a Managing Director, and Asprey, Garrard and Mappin & Webb in senior marketing roles. An External Industry Advisor and Visiting Lecturer at University of the Arts London, mentor to BBC Worldwide Labs and TechStars and digital advisor to the University of Cambridge Compass Group, Jonathan is a regular speaker at tech, retail and innovation conferences around the world.
Founder/CEO, Ananas Anam UK, UK
Piñatex™ was created by Dr Carmen Hijosa. Carmen’s journey began in Spain, but her career has taken her across the globe, from Ireland to Germany, to the UK and The Philippines. She worked in both the design and manufacture of leather goods for many years before going to the Philippines to carry out further research into the development of products made from natural fibres.
CEO, CLO Virtual Fashion, USA
Simon Kim is the Chief Strategy Officer of CLO Virtual Fashion, the company behind CLO, the 3D apparel design software transforming the way we design, produce, communicate and consume garments. Venture capitalist turned entrepreneur, Simon has been at the forefront of technological trends, investing and advising technology companies including numerous fashion tech startups in the US and Asia.
CIO, Jaeger, UK
Cathy is the CIO at Jaeger, the British ladies and menswear fashion brand and has responsibility for technology, customer and strategy. With over 30 years experience in the retail industry Cathy is passionate about retail technology and hugely excited by the disruption digital has brought to the customer experience. Cathy enjoys providing expertise and thoughtleadership on a broad range of products and services across the retail industry with a primary focus on customer facing solutions, commerce and digital innovation.
SVP, Global Operations, Under Armour, USA
Dagmar Chlosta is a 23 year veteran in the Sporting Goods Industry. She currently holds the position of Senior Vice President Global Operations at Under Armour Inc. based in Baltimore, USA. In this position she is responsible for Global Logistics, Global Planning and Global Business Operations which encompasses Project, Process and Sample Management as well as Reporting and Analysis of the company. Prior to joining Under Armour, Dagmar worked for the adidas Group based in Germany where she held various executive leadership roles in Global Operations, Procurement, Product Development, Materials Management, Corporate Strategy and PMO as well as Category and Brand Management. Here she was instrumental in launching adidas’ first virtual value chain and rolling out PLM systems across the organization. Before joining adidas, Dagmar held various positions in the consumer goods industry as well as the public sector in the UK and the USA. Dagmar holds a Master of Executive Management from ZfU Zurich, a degree in English, Spanish and French and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Operations Director, Marni Group, Italy
Since 2014 Pasquale Coppolella has held the position of Operations Director at Marni, an international luxury brand owned by the OTB Group. Before then, Pasquale worked across all Chicco categories (apparel, shoes, juvenile, nursing and toys) as Business Area Baby Care Director, a role he progressed to from Fashion Business Unit Director in 2011. In his time, Pasquale has also worked for Furla (bags and accessories), Bruno Magli (shoes and accessories) and Giorgio Armani.
IT Strategist, Crawford IT, UK
Craig Crawford is founderpreneur of Crawford IT, a London-based consulting firm specialising in the digital transformation of brands. Formerly at Burberry, as the VP IT Strategy, Architecture & Relationships, Craig led the deployment of PLM, the development of the collaborative social enterprise Burberry World, the introduction of 3D and hologram technologies, the transformation of Retail Technology, and Runway to Reality allowing consumers to buy direct from the runway. Craig has also lead digital initiatives at Tory Burch, Liz Claiborne and Gap.
Business Developer - Fashion Projects, Lectra , France
Christine is a Senior Pre-Sales and Business Developer with worldwide experience specializing in technology for fashion and apparel. Christine supports fashion brands in identifying and anticipating their needs, building projects, managing relationships and resolving problems. With a strong work ethic and quick understanding of processes, she knows how to put into application new creative ideas and methods. Christine has worked at Lectra for more than 18 years and has extensive experience with C-Level buy-in, driving PLM initiatives, selling projects, field marketing, marketing & communications strategy and execution.
Manager - Process and Quality, Helly Hansen, Sweden
Ferdinand Diener is the Process and Quality Manager at Helly Hansen, a 140 year old heritage technical sportswear brand from Norway. He has extensive experience within manufacturing and production both working in Asia and Norway. As part of his current role, he will see through the process of implementing PLM into Helly Hansen’s daily product operations.
Director, Operations, MUSTANG GmbH, Germany
After completing her doctor’s degree in tax law, Julia worked for a Financial Consultancy before she somehow slid into the textile industry in 2012. At MUSTANG Jeans – the brand that really brought jeans into Europe – she works as Director of Operations in Künzelsau, Germany. In this role Julia oversees IT and Supply Chain Management and is also responsible for the evolution of the full IT landscape from a confusing and manual state into a well-integrated state-of-the-art world of as little different pieces of software as possible. Julia's first successful project was the implementation of PLM, a complete change for Design and Buying staff and a change that realised many tangible advantages.
IT Director, Aydinli Group, Turkey
In 2012, Hakan Duran joined the Aydinli Group as IT Director and is responsible for local and global IT systems and operations. He manages the teams providing IT services such as business intelligence and decision support tools, reporting systems, help desk and project management facilities, software development, enterprise portal management and overall IT infrastructure. As part of this, Hakan manages the PLM project at Aydinli that began in 2013 with the selection and deployment of the Visual PLM platform.
Head of Product Development, Triumph International, Austria
An international fashion professional, Saman has held several senior-level positions at Triumph. He worked as an SAP Consultant at Triumph International in Munich, Germany with a focus on Production, Planning and Production Execution. Previously he served as a Business & Project Manager at Triumph International in Hong Kong where he led global product development projects in Asia & Europe and as Head of Product Development sloggi GWF at Triumph International in Vienna, Austria.
Director, Product Development Technologies, Lane Bryant, USA
Nicole Jones currently leads the Lane Bryant business strategy for product development technologies & processes. Nicole joined Lane Bryant, a subsidiary of ascena retail group inc., in January of 2011. During her tenure, she has lead the FlexPLM implementation across 4 brands. She is currently working on an upgrade to FlexPLM and support of a new core merchandising tool. Prior to Lane Bryant, Nicole worked for Limited Brands supporting their product development technologies and participating in their multi year, end to end ERP project which included an implementation of FlexPLM. Nicole started her career as a designer, technical designer and patternmaker. Nicole graduated with a Bachelors of Design from the University of Cincinnati in 1993.
Product Operations Coordinator, Helly Hansen, Netherlands
Robert Reumkens is Product Operations Coordinator at Helly Hansen, In this role, Robert is involved in the creation of a multitude of products that aim to satisfy the end consumer. Robert takes pride in being responsible for ensuring that seasonal collections make their way through the development process and coordinating the different data and tools needed to buy and sell the products. Robert is part of leading the integration process of the new PLM system for a more efficient workflow.
Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, The Intersport Group, Switzerland
With a background of more than 25 years in sports retailing, Markus is a seasoned professional specialized in product development strategy and processes. During his career he has worked in almost all areas of retail and is now using this experience to lead the Assortment Planning and PLM initiative at Intersport Group headquarters. Over the past 3 years he has guided Intersport through a change in business process for building optimized assortments by using the market information and buyer insight within the PLM system. Currently 22 national INTERSPORT organizations across the world are using the PLM solution effectively to build more profitable assortments, faster.
Manager Business Process Development, PVH, Netherlands
With a background of more than 10 years, Mirjam is an experienced Business Process Development Manager in both PLM (Flex PLM, Centric PLM) and ERP Systems (SAP, Microsoft Dynamics). The last 3 years she has been guiding PVH through a business process change by a PLM integration solution. Across the functional area’s of Merchandising, Design, Product Development and Sourcing a total of 16 divisions have been implemented at PVH across the 2 brands Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. Currently Mirjam is working on implementing an integrated Merchandising Range Planning tool in PLM and on improvements on Reporting & Analytical directly from PLM. Mirjam has started her career as Business Analyst in the Fashion Industry and moved for a few years from IT to the business working in a Product Merchandising and Retail Buyer role to gain Business expertise. Mirjam has graduated from Fashion Management & Design College and Amsterdam University for Communication Science with a focus on Brand Management and Store Environments.
Director of Business Development, Lectra , USA
Luis is the Director of Business Development for Lectra North America, based in New York City. He works directly with companies to determine what key processes and technologies can be updated to help unlock potential growth or drive enterprise value. He is also one of Lectra’s resident experts in PLM implementations, where he also designs training programs and change management initiatives that transition clients to a more efficient operating model.
Manager Atelier - Specialist Fit & Construction, G-Star Raw, Netherlands
Ingrid Heijnen is the Manager of Specialist Fit & Construction within G-Star Raw's Atelier Development Centre, a position she has held since 2013. In this capacity, Ingrid oversees the advising, coordination and implementation of improved ways of working with fit, grading, construction, development and production. Ingrid specialises in all things related to correct measurements of the garment on the specified body across a multitude of product categories.
Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer, X-Rite Pantone, Switzerland
Dr. Francis Lamy is currently Executive VP and Chief Technology Officer for XRITE /PANTONE, the global leader in the color measurement and management industry. Prior to that, Francis was the founder and president of DALiM, a workflow software company for the graphic arts markets, which he conducted from inception to world scale deployment. Francis joined XRITE through the acquisition of GretagMacbeth (a swiss public company); Francis has been in his current role since the acquisition by XRITE and headed strategy, innovation, R&D, IP and the OEM sales motion. Prior to this assignment, Francis led the Digital Imaging division at GretagMacbeth, where he architected and executed the company’s transformation from an instrument manufacturer to a solution provider and a key color workflow player. By listening to XRITE’s OEM customers, a sales channel he created – now representing about ¼ th of XRITE’s total business- , Francis recognized early on the opportunity enabled by the digitization of appearance and the value creation this yields for its automotive customers first and all other visual based industries. Starting off by a small acquisition and the creation of a graduate school of appearance in partnership with the University of Bonn, Germany, XRITE decided to create an internal “business incubator” – lead by Francis - devoted solely to develop the IP, technologies and products to address the business opportunities associated to the creation of an eco-system for digital appearance; the effort concentrated first on solving the problem of supply chain virtualization by designing a set of products (an eco-system revolving around an appearance exchange format) and solutions (capture/acquisition, communication and visualization/rendering) that will enable faster design cycles and lower waste along appearance centric supply chains. Earlier in his carrier, in his post-doc days, Francis was assistant professor of Solid State Physics at the University of Strasbourg, France, and consultant to the French Ministry of Industry in innovation matters.
Co-Director, BR Innovation Agency (BRIA), UK
Brooke is the Co-Director of the Brooke Roberts Innovation Agency (BRIA); the BRIA creates materials-tech collaborations and products, as well as technology-led installations, for brands from sectors spanning fashion, technology, healthcare, smart homes and IoT. BRIA also have expertise in pioneering, developing and prototyping new sustainable materials and processes for use in fashion and other industries.
CEO, YR Store, UK
Tim Williams studied Retail Management at the University of Surrey and immediately afterwards started with an airline software company in a junior sales role. Seeing the company grow and then be acquired by a global services company gave him the appetite to build his own business.
After a four year term at a large global software company, now part of Dell where he looked after key accounts, he and his business partner Tom established Luma, a tech company focussed on creating interactive experiences for brands. In 2013 they created YR Store after coming up with a great concept that made the most of a trend for large, bold prints on t-shirts and other items.
YR Store is a custom fashion brand where consumers can create designs quickly and easily using large touchscreens in store or at events. This is then printed, live, in front of the consumer. The design process is fun, and YR Store have pioneered involving the consumer in creating truly bespoke designs quickly and simply.
YR Store has collaborated with brands and retailers including Liberty, Selfridges, Nike, Google, Bathing Ape and Star Wars and runs its own stores in London and New York inside the flagship Topman and Topshop stores.
Former Global VP, Innovation, VF Corporation, USA
Soon Yu served as the Global VP of Innovation at VF Corporation - parent organization to over 30 well known apparel companies, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Seven for All Mankind and Wrangler - until September 2016. Yu had responsibility to strengthen VF’s overall innovation capabilities and support VF’s portfolio of brands in their innovation efforts. His responsibilities included brining new innovation best practices to VF, helping strengthen innovation processes, supporting the effort to strengthen the innovation culture, helping to develop new platforms for innovation, and creating stronger internal and external networks to drive and spread new ideas and solutions.
Founder, Lean Alchemy, France
Having over 20 years of apparel industry experience and having held positions in Scotland, Hong Kong, London and Amsterdam, Gail Beban has most recently worked for Nike. In that role she applied Lean thinking to their product creation process and managed the implementation of 3D technologies.A passionate futurist Gail is interested in next generation product creation and rethinking apparel processes.
Head, Product Development Office, Groupe Zannier, France
Professor Textile Product Development/Virtual Product Development, HS Niederrhein Mönchengladbach, Germany
Michael Ernst is the Head of the VirLab - Virtual Laboratory - and is the Chairman for textile product development at Niederrhein University with a strong focus on CAD technology used in this field. Michael started his textile career with an apprenticeship as tailor, studied clothing technology and mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, worked at ITV Denkendorf and for different clothing companies before getting appointed as full professor in 2006. Together with his research group, Michael investigates and develops virtual worlds for the clothing industry using various body scanning technologies, all known 2D CAD applications, macro technology, 3D CAD simulation software tools, material detection systems, motion capturing and rendering. His work is aimed at serving industry needs in a highly practical approach but also building up innovative tools and processes that reflect the next generation of product development.
Director - 3D Virtual Transformation, Target, USA
Sandra Gagnon is the Director of 3D Virtual Transformation within the Target Apparel & Accessories Product Design and Development team. Her role focuses on leading the transformation in 3D Virtual Product Development as well as Children’s Apparel Technical Design. She has been with Target since 1997 in various capacities of Sourcing and Product Development. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree from University of Wisconsin – Stout focused on Woven Design.
Head of Public Relations, BRAX, Germany
Sebastian Geist is Head of Public Relations at BRAX Leineweber GmbH & Co. KG, a position he has held since 2013. In this role, Sebastian is responsible for BRAX's online and offline communications, its social media strategy and media planning. Sebastian has worked with the company since 2011, having started as a Trainee in Marketing & Sales before transitioning to Digital Communications Manager in 2012 and then on to the role he holds today.
President, Alvanon, USA
Ed Gribbin is President of Alvanon, Inc., the retail, apparel and fashion industry’s leading consulting firm. Ed leads Alvanon teams around the globe helping fashion industry clients develop and implement growth strategies and solutions in disciplines ranging from marketing and merchandising to product development and supply chain. Ed is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on apparel sizing and fit and serves numerous global boards dedicated to the success of the retail, apparel and textile sectors.
Business Development Executive, Pepkor, South Africa
Annamie Hansen is the current Business Development Executive in the PEPKOR Group’s Strategic Sourcing Division and leads a team of Product Development resources in the East. Annamie has 20 years experience in retail and sourcing and her recent focus has been on a strategic project to deliver a scalable capability into the PEPKOR Group’s Buying, Technical and Sourcing pipeline, by working with the Eastern European discount retailer – PEPCO. The focus of the project has been (amongst other) to establish a Group Artwork team, Pattern Making team and the pioneering of the commercial use of 3D sampling as well as the implementation of a PLM system.
VP, Apparel & Accessories Product Development, Target, USA
Alexis Kantor is the VP of Apparel and Accessories Product Development and leads a team of over 100 people based in Target Headquarters. The team’s mission is to develop Target’s owned brand products that deliver exceptional guest experiences. Through continuous innovations, technology, research, body size studies, construction standards and in collaboration with our designers, vendors, merchants and sourcing partners, the product development team focuses on ensuring quality, fit, function and value for the guest.
Teacher/Researcher - CAD Patterns and 3D Virtual Prototyping / Sampling, Physical vs Virtual Material, AMFI , Netherlands
Sandra Kuijpers has extensive experience in the field, starting in managing CAD-CAM departments at Du Pon & De Bruin, Articles and Hugo Boss for the Boss Black Woman line. In 2005 Sandra left the industry to teach CAD pattern drawing at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute - AMFI. During this time Sandra worked with Lectra, Assyst and Gerber and began researching 3D virtual prototyping and teaching 3D virtual garment simulation. At AMFI, Sandra belongs to the research group for Fashion and Technology, and combines these activities with her MPhil studies at the University of Manchester, where she is researching the relationship between physical and virtual fabric drapes created from objective fabric properties.
Director Professional Services, Lectra , Germany
After several positions within well know PLM and CAD technology provider companies, Robin decided to join Lectra in 2014 as the Professional Services Director for Central & Eastern Europe, and Russia. Robin has more than 16 years of experience working with PLM and CAD technologies and today is in charge of analysing and optimizing business processes and structures and building teams to provide world-class solutions is one of his ambitions.
Executive Director, CAD Product Development, Gerber Technology, USA
Mary McFadden serves a Director of CAD Product Management at Gerber Technology. Having joined the company in 1988 she has been instrumental in developing innovative products for their customers and has been awarded 2 United States Patents including one for Silhoutte, a product released to the market in 1991. In her current role, Mary oversees Gerber's AccuMark® family of products. She has visited hundreds of Gerber customers in more than 20 countries.
Harald H. Preußer
Product Manager - 3D Apparel Simulation, Human Solutions, Germany
Larry H. Preußer studied fashion and pattern design at the German institute "Modefachschule Sigmaringen", after he had finished his apprenticeship as a tailor for Ladieswear. He worked held the position of a product manager and pattern designer in several companies specialized in jeanswear and outdoor products, before he joined assyst in 1999. Since working for assyst, Larry took the role in creating new software products, such as smart.pattern and Vidya (3D), as well as influencing the development of the existing product suite. As a product manager for assyst, he links the market requirements and the assyst software developers, to create new and innovative products and features.
Director Technical Product Management, IACDE, Germany
Roland wears two professional hats; the first is International President of the International Association of Clothing Designers & Executives (IACDE), and the second is Director of Technical Product Management at Peek & Cloppenburg KG. Before his current appointments, Roland held technical positions at a variety of fashion labels inluding ESPIRIT, Hugo Boss, CINQUE Moda and CARL GROSS.
3D Product Specialist , Browzwear, USA
Sharon Lim is the Managing Director of Browzwear 3D and Pragma Solutions, a technology consulting company. She has over 19 years of experience in the fashion industry. As a result of her experiences, Sharon decided to focus on helping retailers understand how technology can help them solve critical challenges in areas such as inventory, speed to market, demand focus development, and communication with their remote partners. In the last 5 years, she has embarked on making virtualization more holistic by emphasizing digital connection to the Physical workflow, an approach that supports greater end-to-end collaboration to bring about a leaner and more sustainable business model.
Supply Chain Executive, Pepkor, South Africa
Hugh Winter is the current Supply Chain Executive in the PEPKOR Group’s Strategic Sourcing Division and leads a team of Supply Chain resources in the East. Hugh has 35 years experience in manufacturing and retail and his recent focus has been on a strategic project to deliver a scalable capability into the PEPKOR Group’s Buying, Technical and Sourcing pipeline, by working with the Eastern European discount retailer – PEPCO. The focus of the project has been (amongst others) to establish Supply Chain capability at origin and the pioneering of the commercial use of 3D sampling as well as the implementation of a PLM system.