Retail at Google 2018

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Steve Dennis

President, SageBerry Consulting/Forbes Contributor 

Steve Dennis is a strategic advisor, speaker and writer on retail innovation and the future of shopping. As President of SageBerry Consulting he works with retail, luxury and social impact brands to create compelling growth strategies. Prior to founding SageBerry, he was the chief strategy officer and head of multichannel marketing for the Neiman Marcus Group. As a speaker, Steve has delivered keynotes on five continents, sharing his perspective on what it takes to be truly remarkable in the age of digital disruption. He is also a contributor for Forbes magazine and has been named a top global retail industry influencer by multiple groups. Steve received a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.  

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Vanessa Hartley

Director of Retail & Agency, LCS UKI , Google

Vanessa Hartley has been with Google for 4 years and leads UK Retail and Agency Customers in the EMEA Hub. Prior to Google, she was Commercial Director/Founder of Irish Life Health and Group Marketing Director for Aviva Ireland. Passionate about consumer insights and helping Retailers succeed, she has won numerous Industry Awards including Marketer of the Year, Marketing team of the year and Marketing Campaigns of the year.

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Paul Brett
Shopping Specialist, Google UK

Paul joined Google almost 5 years ago and is one our most Senior Shopping Specialists, based in our European headquarters in Dublin. Paul works with a number of our Top UK retailers consulting and advising on Shopping strategy. He leads a number of Shopping initiatives across our UK business and works in close partnership with our Global product teams.
Prior to joining Google, Paul began his career in Stockbroking and spent 9 years in the world of finance working for a number of Irish and International banks. He holds a degree in business and a Masters in E-commerce from Smurfit Business School.

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Robert Hah

Managing Director, Accenture

Robert is Managing Director with Accenture Strategy, based in Hong Kong. He has almost 20 years of consulting experience serving clients across consumer products, retail, travel, hospitality, and consumer electronics industries. He advises clients on topics such as growth strategy, innovation, organization design, customer strategy, and digital transformation. Prior to joining Accenture, Robert was Managing Partner for Deloitte Consulting, leading the Greater China Consumer Business practice. Robert received his MBA from Cornell University and BA (Honors) from Northwestern University. He is a frequent speaker at international business conferences and is frequently cited in global news publications.

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Aisling Leamy

UKI Retail Sales Manager, Google

Aisling is an experienced Retail Leader at Google, currently managing Account Management teams that service some of our largest Retailers in the UK, building on a career as a Senior Account Manager for large brands in Retail and Technology. Aisling previously led Google Shopping strategies for both the UK and across Europe, and presented on this topic at the 2016 event. She continues to be passionate about Google Shopping, but more recently has increased her attention on ensuring that we connect our Retailers with the relevant automation and audience solutions to engage their target consumer, and is looking forward to partnering with some of our best technical audience Specialists to talk to you about the best in class strategies to employ at the 2018 event.

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Kristiyan Dimitrov

Measurement & Attribution Specialist, Google

Kristiyan is a measurement & attribution specialist, who helps businesses do justice to digital media. His forte is Online-to-Offline measurement & Google Analytics. You can watch his TEDx talk “The way you make money matters” on YouTube. He holds a Mathematics degree from the American University in Bulgaria and in his spare time folds origami, plays board games, and reads.

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Leshiya Kamboj

Search & Automation Specialist, Google

Leshiya is a search and automation specialist working with the Northern European region. She specialises in SEM automation across retail, finance & travel ind. Prior to this, she was working as an analytical consultant for the US financial market. 

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Emily von Eschwege

DACH Sales, Google

Emily works for Google as an Online Sales Account Manager for the DACH market, based in Dublin. As a VR ambassador on the site she is constantly spreading the fascination about new technologies. Adding her passion about art, Google's Tilt Brush is the perfect representation of how you can combine business and art, and simply how you can make the world a bit more colorful place.

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Bernadett Veress 

Shopping Lead, Northern Europe

Bernadett is a Shopping Lead for the Northern European region, focusing on Google’s industry specific solution within the wider Search business, Google Shopping. She works with some of the largest retail and technology advertises and partners, helping them maximize the value of their Google Shopping activities.

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Melaine Schlegel

Head of Search at Otto.de

Melanie Schlegel, born in 1978 and raised in northern Germany, very close to the Baltic Sea, has been following her great passion for online marketing since 2005. After completing her diploma in sociology, Ms. Schlegel has been responsible for strategic and operational SEA campaigns for numerous companies from 2005 to 2008 at eprofessional, a Hamburg-based performance agency. As a next step she was responsible for SEA at PARSHIP in 14 countries and for Gay PARSHIP from mid-2008 to mid-2011. After that, as Head of Business Development at pilot GmbH, Ms. Schlegel was responsible for holistic and comprehensive online marketing strategies for new customers, as well as for the development of existing customers. Since July 2014, Ms Schlegel is responsible for paid search at OTTO in Hamburg.

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Julian Wouda

Audience & Display Specialist, Northern Europe, Google

Julian is a performance oriented Audience & Display Specialist with a client-side background and is working for the Northern European market. He focuses on the success of his client's campaigns through tailored Audience strategies; from lower-funnel to upper-funnel.

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Dr. Alexander Mrozek 

Senior Analytical Consultant

Alex Mrozek works on Go-To-Market Strategies for the Google Assistant ecosystem with a special focus on Retail clients. In this role, his goal is to educate, activate and create value for all parties striving to dive into the exciting new Age of Assistance. Before joining Google, Alex worked as a project manager with OC&C Strategy Consultants, focusing mainly on Retail, CPG and media clients. Alex earned his PhD degree on Digital Pricing Strategy, publishing in top-ranked academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Business Research. Next to working at Google, Alex has published three Voice Apps himself to date.

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Alison Lomax 

Director, Lifestyle Retail, Google

Alison is a digital veteran having started in the days of dial-up Internet, working for government departments, M15 and Foreign Office, before moving to the advertising world. Whilst at Tribal DDB, she was Head of Media on Volkswagen’s digital brand strategy as well as launching The National Lottery business on the Internet, mobile and interactive TV. She was then Head of Digital Client Services at Beattie McGuinness Bungay before joining Google 6 years ago. Alison has a varied career at Google, having led the Creative agency team, the Brand solutions team and now leads the Lifestyle Retail sector. Alison is a proud feminist, a member of WACL (Women in Advertising & Communications London) and married to Jim, a film Producer with two highly spirited daughters, Livy (12) and Freya (8).