Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Group is an international network of experts who have agreed to give the organization meaningful support on a regular basis in many different areas, including networking, organizational development, technology, policy, and outreach. Their abilities, experience, and knowledge were selected for how they complement the organization as a whole.

The Advisory Board advises the Executive Management in its strategic decision-making process.

Julie Gardner, USA

Chairwoman North America of The Group’s Advisory Board

Cited by Forbes in 2012 as the 11th most influential CMO in the world, Julie Gardner was most recently CMO of Kohl’s Department stores, a $19 billion fashion retailer operating 1,155 stores in 49 states and a $1 billion ecommerce business.

“Imagine an application that aggregates the circulars of multiple retailers on your phone or your tablet, allowing you to search for the most-wanted holiday gifts by subject to see where they are available and create lists to make sure you hit all of the right stores at the right times for coveted door busters and other deals. This application is called Retale.”

Philippe Pauze, FRANCE

Chairman France & member of the Group’s Advisory Board

Prior to this, Philippe was the CEO of Picard, & General manager of the Supermarket division of Carrefour Worldwide.

“Consumers’ habits are changing faster & faster, & Mobile is the new shopping companion retailers have to embrace. Bonial is the perfect combination of power, targeting & content enabling retailers to increase the efficiency of their commercial action plans in this fast moving environment”

Ryan Craver, USA

Member of The Group’s Advisory Board

Ryan Craver currently leads Emerging Brands, License and Digital Strategy for Lamour Group’s global brand roster distributed throughout the world’s largest retailers. Prior to his tenure at Lamour, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff for the Department Store Group (DSG) at Hudson’s Bay Company where he cultivated new relationships and alliances across the company’s portfolio and led the core department store strategy for Lord & Taylor. Craver also spent a six-year executive stint at Accenture, where he drove growth and profit improvement across multiple clients, including FedEx, Virgin Media and Best Buy.

Julian de Cabo, SPAIN

Member of The Group’s Advisory Board

Julian de Cabo, professor at IE Business School, is widely considered to be the expert on new technologies in Spain and is the Senior Advisor for Ofertia. Julian de Cabo was CEO of Terra Networks and VP of the Spanish E-commerce Association.

„Ofertia is the new partner for retailers in Spain, allowing them to access consumers of the 21st century without requiring big investments in technology. Ofertia is based on the successful experience and business model of kaufDA in Germany, and has the support of the Bonial International Group, one of the leading providers of location-based services in Europe.“