Head of Brand and Communications, Booktopia
Adam is an award-winning marketing and communications professional. He is currently Head of Brand at Communications at Booktopia, Australia's biggest online book store, responsible for building Booktopia's brand and enhancing its reputation with book buyers.
Adam has developed and led major campaigns for some of the biggest brands and organisations across ANZ and the globe, with diverse experience in creating meaningful and impactful content and communications to capture the imagination and provoke action from prospective customers.
Head of Category Marketing and Retail Media, David Jones Amplify
Melissa is Head of Category Marketing and Retail Media for David Jones and has led the
retail media project for the past 2-years, launching David Jones Amplify last month. With more than 20 years’ experience of marketing with leading retail brands, Melissa has a passion for strategic retail marketing and media.
Client Partner, Meta
Phil Bonanno is a client partner at Meta, where he’s spent the past nine years helping Aussie & Kiwi retailers drive brand and sales growth. He’s worked in and around retail for over thirty years, starting on the shop floor, to managing stores and opening new markets. He’s also built, grown and sold retail analytics businesses in the US and Australia. He’s provided commentary for leading business and trade journals and trained for thousands of retail and FCMG executives. Phil has keynoted and presented at CIES, GMA, NRF, hundreds of client conferences, and several dozen industry events globally.
Prior to joining Meta, Phil was President, Americas and CSO of MVI (now part of Kantar Consulting), Head of Retail and Shopper strategy at The Leading Edge, and Founder/CEO Goodyear & Partners. Phil holds an MBA with distinction in retail strategy from the FW Olin Graduate School of business.
In 2009 Phil won the ESOMAR Global Case Study award for his paper on “Digital Impact on Shopper Path to Purchase”. Phil also sits on the board of several retail and tech startups.
Buying Manager, David Jones Amplify
With almost 20 years’ experience across department store buying and product development for iconic Australian retailers, Liz is renowned for building meaningful relationships with suppliers and brands both locally and internationally. With consumer trends evolving and changing now more than ever, as a Buying Manager her focus is on brand curation and strategic product assortments in line with the David Jones customer journey.
Marketing Lead, Country Road Group
A retail native with 15+ years experience in customer, marketing and digital.
Passionate about driving growth through an insights-led approach to customer, marketing and measurement.
Culture-led leader always striving to push the envelope digital landscape.
Executive Group Director of Product Strategy, oOh!media
Bel is a 25 year veteran in the Out of Home industry, having worked in Australian and North American markets for major OOH companies including JCDecaux, APN Outdoor, EyeCorp and since 2012 at oOh!media.
With roles across sales, product strategy and commercial, Bel’s experience includes monetising products and developing value propositions that work for brands and commercial partners across the spectrum of OOH formats - Retail, Airports, Qantas Lounges & Inflight media, Street Furniture and Billboards. With the recent launch of oOh!'s retail media division, REOOH, Bel works closely with brands to unlock the value of their in-store assets.
Retail Media Evangelist
Colin Lewis has worked as CMO for some of the UKs biggest brands over the last 25 years as well as having worked in Australia, France, Ireland, Singapore and China.
Colin is one of the UK’s leading experts in eCommerce, Marketplaces, and Retail Media: he ran his first eCommerce website – turning over $100m - in 2006.
Colin advises both brands and retailers in Europe on their retail media strategy. He is the author of six Best Practice reports on Retail Media, including Amazon Advertising, Walmart Connect, Target Roundel, Kroger Precision Marketing and Instacart and well as eCommerce Best Practice and Marketplaces Best Practice Reports.
Colin is a Marketing Week Magazine columnist - since 2015, as well as being a columnist for WARC with the focus on Retail Media.
He has an MBA and MSc in Marketing as well as being an Aussie passport holder having worked in Australia for eight years.
Founding Partner, Sonder
Angus is Founding Partner of Sonder. As a pioneer of owned media, Sonder has unlocked over $10Bn in media value globally for the likes of Woolworths, Coles Group, Officeworks, BIGW, Myer, Rebel, Bing Lee, BCF and David Jones. With over 25 years’ of experience in global media roles, Angus has worked with major advertisers in both strategic and executive capacities across the EMEA and APAC regions.
Marketing Manager Sennheiser ANZ, Sonova Hearing Australia
Ashlea is the marketing lead for premium German audio brand Sennheiser in ANZ, with a focus on retail partner marketing and strategic brand partnerships.
Applying a challenger mindset is key in this everchanging and competitive landscape, and Ashlea specialises in thinking differently to achieve big with less.
Prior to Sennheiser her career spans a further 15 years in PR, shopper and through-the-line agencies delivering campaigns for brands in various sectors including LEGO, Marie Claire, Vodafone, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Unilever, NewsCorp, Georg Jensen, Lion, and Jim Beam in both Australia and Singapore.
Head of Strategy and Media, The Warehouse Group
After 20 years in Media Agencies, Publishers and Production, Alex made the move to Client side in 2020 – just in time for a global pandemic and 6 months of meeting teams on…Teams.
In 2021 he was challenged to be part of the (2 person) team to set up The Warehouse Groups retail media network, which is now known as MarketMedia.
By collaborating with core partners like Zitcha, Meta and oOh! they now have a platform and data offering that is not only envied locally, but globally and aren’t done innovating yet!
Chief Sales Officer, Nine
Michael was appointed Chief Sales Officer at Nine in March 2016 and is responsible for total advertising revenue performance across all broadcast, digital, radio and publishing assets.
Prior to his current role, Michael was the Director of Sales for Nine & ninemsn and has held various roles at both the Seven and Ten Networks during his 25 years in advertising.
Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering & Business (Marketing), is Chairman of the Premium Content Alliance and a board member of ThinkTV and OzTAM.
Gai Le Roy
Gai is the CEO of IAB Australia which is the peak advocacy, research & standards body representing digital media and advertising.
Gai has worked in the media industry for 30 years and in the digital ad industry since portals were cool, pop-ups were rampant and an unnamed TV exec told her that internet advertising would never be worth more than $100m.
Prior to running the IAB Gai held senior roles at Fairfax, Nielsen, ninemsn & Gateway Research.
Managing Director, Woolworths Cartology
Mike joined The Woolworths Group as Managing Director of Cartology in April 2019, following more than 25 years experience in the media and advertising industry.
During his career, Mike has held multiple executive roles leading large scale media businesses in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, including CEO of the Australian and New Zealand business EYE (Network TEN's out of home media business sold to oOh!media in late 2012) and most recently, CEO of HT&E’s out of home media division, Adshel.
Mike has been a pioneer in digital and data in the out of home industry, serving on industry boards including the Outdoor Media Association (OMA) and MOVE.
Co-Founder and General Manager, Brandcrush
Teresa Aprile is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Brandcrush (acquired by Criteo in March 2023), a global leader in Omnichannel Retail Media software, powering in-store, out-of-store and online media monetization and automation for retailers.
Prior to Brandcrush, Teresa spent two decades developing leading business growth strategies in both FMCG and B2B industries. She was Head of Marketing & innovation for a Global natural foods company, and led brand strategy & communications management for the Pact Group, an innovative packaging solutions corporation based in Australia.
She has been featured in multiple retail and media publications included Progressive Grocer AdNews, Smart Company and Marketing Week.
General Manager, Coles 360
Paul Brooks is the GM of Coles 360, the retail media offering for Coles Group.
Paul is an experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in retail media, media, marketing and advertising industry.
He has strong new business development with a track record of success in change management, leadership, client partnership and delivering commercial outcomes.
He believes that as business continues to change at pace, a modern and dynamic leadership style is required with a focus on agility, people focused cultures, vision and exceptional emotional intelligence.
Retail media is one of the most dynamic and exciting sectors and is about to experience a period of exceptional growth, and he wants Coles 360 to be leading the charge.
Co-Founder and CEO, Zitcha
With more than 20 years of experience in media and technology working across the
European, North American and Australasian markets, Troy is an entrepreneur with a vision for applying clever technology to streamline and automate media buying and advertising campaign deployment.
His first venture was social ads platform Tiger Pistol which makes social media advertising
smarter and more effective by automating ad campaigns for small to medium enterprises.
In 2022, he co-founded retail media platform Zitcha. Zitcha brings together the data and
advertising inventory of retailers, turning them into publishers.
Troy has worked on campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including NAB, AOL, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, The Home Depot, Pepsi, Subway, Schweppes, American Express and Village Roadshow.
Zitcha’s clients range from Aussie retailers to global retail giants. Retailers include Adore Beauty, Liquorland, First Choice, Bottlemart, Vintage Cellars, Noel Leeming and New Zealand’s biggest retail group The Warehouse Group. Brand advertisers include L’Oreal, Sennheiser, Dyson and Nestle.
WHAT THE RETAIL MEDIA COMMUNITY SAYS
Sam Hegg, Head of Strategy & Planning, Coles Media
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