Every other year, top executives from the global footwear industry come together for the insights and information ��� and for the networking ��� that make the Footwear News CEO Summit so exceptional.

April 27-29, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami

Coming off a very strong 2010, this year���s event will focus on providing brands and retailers with the tools needed for continued growth across channels and across the globe. The Footwear News CEO Summit will combine high-profile keynote presentations with intensive interactive working sessions and a strong focus on key industry issues including:

  • • The latest on the international front
  • • The return of luxury
  • • Developing multi-brand strategies
  • • What department store merchandise managers    really want
  • • Getting digital (including social media) right

Miss the Summit? Click here to watch selected presentations on-demand.

B. Bonin Bough
Global Director, Digital and Social Media
The Jones Group Inc.
Wesley R. Card
Chief Executive Officer
HSN Inc.
Mindy Grossman
Chief Executive Officer
Puma North America Inc.
Jay Piccola
President & General Manager
Collective Brands Inc.
Matt Rubel
Chief Executive Officer & President & Chairman
John Varvatos Enterprises Inc.
John Varvatos
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Camuto Group
Vince Camuto
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
The Finish Line Inc.
Glenn S. Lyon
Chief Executive Officer
Alejandro Ingelmo
Alejandro Ingelmo
Jerome C. Rousseau
Jerome C. Rousseau
Marchez Vous YS
Yeardley Smith
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
House of Harlow 1960 & Winter Kate
Nicole Richie
Creative Director
Keen Inc.
James Curleigh
President & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Hurley
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Ron White shoes
Ron White
Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director
Foot Petals
Tina Aldatz
Kurt Geiger Ltd.
Neil Clifford
Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas Kirkwood
Nicholas Kirkwood
Founder & Designer
The Tannery
Tarek Hassan

Jim Tarica
Co-President, Footwear
Brown Shoe Company Inc.
Sam Edelman Division

Sam Edelman
Katherine Crane
Advertising Director
Lord & Taylor
Liz Rodbell
Executive Vice President, Merchandising
Gaurav Suri
Head of Commerce Sales, Emerging Business
Zappos.com Inc.
Fred Mossler

Financo Inc.
Karen Goodman
Managing Director
shopkick, Inc.
Jeff Sellinger
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

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Miss the Summit? Click here to watch selected presentations on-demand.

Wednesday, April 27

3:00pm Registration
7:00pm Cocktails
8:00pm Speaker and Dinner
Thursday, April 28

7:00am Breakfast
8:00am Morning Session
Refreshment Break
Morning Session cont.
12:45pm Lunch
1:45pm Afternoon Session
3:00pm Networking Opportunity
7:00pm Speaker and Dinner
Friday, April 29

7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Morning Program

Attendance at the Footwear News CEO Summit is limited to C-suite or senior executives in the footwear industry. This meeting, peer-to-peer in nature, is designed to offer a forum for industry leaders to access focused business intelligence on the critical issues of the day, gain a sense of future issues and direction, share ideas and hear case studies and real solutions from CEOs both inside and outside the industry. It also offers a high-level networking opportunity to exchange ideas and establish creative partnerships.


Past attendees include senior executives from the following companies:

  • Bally
  • Bata Limited
  • Bettye Muller Designs
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Birkenstock
  • Bellini
  • Bluefly.com
  • BNB Footwear
  • Brown Shoe Company
  • Bruno Magli
  • Camper
  • Chinese Laundry
  • Coach Inc.
  • Cole Haan
  • Diba
  • Division Six Sports
  • Donald Pliner
  • Dr. Martens
  • ECCO Endless.com
  • Elefanten USA
  • Faryl Robin
  • Florsheim Shoe Co.
  • Foot Locker Inc.
  • Gap
  • Genesco Inc.
  • Geox
  • GFW Group Inc.
  • Global Brand Marketing
  • Group 3 Design
  • Hi-Tec Sports
  • H.H. Brown Shoe Co
  • Hollywould
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Icon Shoes
  • Iconix
  • Jimlar Corp.
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Jones Apparel Group
  • Kangol Footwear
  • Kenneth Cole
  • Lacoste Footwear
  • Macy���s
  • Manolo Blanhik USA
  • Markio Designs
  • Marmaxx Group
  • Maxwell Shoe Company
  • Meynard Designs
  • Minnetonka Moccasin
  • Munro & Company
  • New Blaance Athletic Shoe
  • Nine West Footwear
  • Nike
  • Onlineshoes.com
  • Palos Verdes Footwear
  • QVC Inc.
  • Ralph Lauren Footwear
  • Reebok International
  • Rockport
  • Saucony
  • SG Footwear
  • Shoe Carnival Inc.
  • Sigerson Morrison
  • Skechers
  • Sportie LA
  • Steve & Barry���s
  • Stonefly Spa
  • Stride Rite
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • The Hush Puppies Company
  • Tip Top Shoes
  • Tops for Shoes
  • UGG
  • Wolff Shoe Company
  • Wolverine Worldwide
  • Zappos.com
"This was my first CEO Summit [and it] was a career-changing experience for me. It truly challenged me to rethink the current path on which I was leading my company. I came back after the Summit with a new perspective on our corporate culture, a refreshed, refined version of our brand mission statement and a wonderful network of new contacts and friends to assist me as I grow from a small to a large business. Thank you Footwear News, Michael Atmore and Fairchild for giving me a new lease on life!"
"This is a most valuable Summit that gives me a chance to both meet and listen to ideas of the leaders of our industry."
"If I were to miss the FN CEO Summit, I know that I would miss out on the opportunity to gain crucial and timely insight into the most important trends in the footwear industry. There are events that one may simply pass on, but not this one. From new ideas to crystallizing old ones, from networking to voicing opinions, there is one stop, and that is this conference."
"Another great Summit where I solidify my business relationships ( new & old ) and where I get a wealth of knowledge of what���s working and what���s not concerning retail and targeted audiences. Great job!!!"
"The FN Summit presents a great opportunity to get together with key players of our industry and to openly exchange ideas in a very relaxed atmosphere. We all need this."

Sponsorship opportunities at the Footwear News CEO Summit offer brand alignment with FN, the global authority on the business of footwear. The Summit provides direct access to the most influential executives in the footwear industry through high-profile brand visibility and interaction, plus targeted networking over a two-day period. Limited sponsorship opportunities are available and all are highly customizable to meet your marketing objectives. For information, contact Tina LoRegio at tina_loregio@condenast.com or 212 630-2449

"[The conference organizer] ensures that your partners are noticed, networked for the good of all and valued. I want to thank you for the wonderful business opportunity and experience of the CEO Summit."
"The quality of the information shared and the networking opportunities were unparalleled. The conference was inspiring; it gave us insight into the challenges and goals for the industry, and the investment was well worth the opportunity to be at the same table as the titans in the industry."
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Informative, insightful, indispensable ��� FN sets the pace for the global footwear industry by being the first to provide the most influential decision-makers with inside access to news, trends and business strategies.

Since 1996, FN has hosted intimate, invitation-only CEO Summits that bring leaders together around critical business issues. Two-day programs featuring the best minds from inside and outside the industry deliver the rich content that is highly valued by our audience year after year.

Since 1994, Fairchild Summits - a division of the Fairchild Fashion Group - has brought together senior-level executives in the global fashion, retail and beauty industries to learn from, and interact with, thought leaders from a wide variety of disciplines. Providing rich content designed by Fairchild editors, the Summits focus on topics intended to strengthen the way today's decision-makers run their businesses. In convening all segments of each industry - from resources to services to manufacturing to retail - Fairchild Summits provide both attendees and sponsors with an unparalleled opportunity to network with their peers and potential partners.

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