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This list is comprised of retail experts, consultants, analysts, academics, journalists, and thought leaders who are making an impact in retail in 2023.

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Professor & Director, Center for Retail Innovation and Strategic Excellence (RISE) at Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas

Charles Haseman

Professor & Director, Center for Retail Innovation and Strategic Excellence (RISE) at Naveen Jindal School of Management, UT Dallas
Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University

Daniel McCarthy

Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University
Training Director in Luxury and Retail at European Luxury Institute, Professor, Author

Frank Sánchez

Training Director in Luxury and Retail at European Luxury Institute, Professor, Author
Associate Professor Of Marketing & Director of the Center for Retail Transformation at George Mason University’s School of Business, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Gautham Vadakkepatt

Associate Professor Of Marketing & Director of the Center for Retail Transformation at George Mason University’s School of Business, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Professor, Member Researcher at Strategic Design and Innovation Lab at UNIDCOM-IADE, Retail & Gamification Consultant

Helder Barbosa Ferreira

Professor, Member Researcher at Strategic Design and Innovation Lab at UNIDCOM-IADE, Retail & Gamification Consultant
Senior Lecturer of Marketing and Co-Director of the Customer Experience & Insight (CXI) Research Group at Swinburne University of Technology

Jason Pallant

Senior Lecturer of Marketing and Co-Director of the Customer Experience & Insight (CXI) Research Group at Swinburne University of Technology
Marketing Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant

Jonah Berger

Marketing Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant
Assistant Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Board Member, Consultant

Mansur Khamitov

Assistant Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behavior at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Board Member, Consultant
Scale AI Chair Professor of Retail and Operations Management & Director of Research at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University, Advisor, Consultant

Maxime Cohen

Scale AI Chair Professor of Retail and Operations Management & Director of Research at the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University, Advisor, Consultant
Managing Director of the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Mina Fader

Managing Director of the Baker Retailing Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Director of Undergraduate Studies & Assistant Chair of the Marketing Department at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business

Mitch Olsen

Director of Undergraduate Studies & Assistant Chair of the Marketing Department at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business
Associate Teaching Professor - Business Analytics at Wake Forest University School of Business, Head of Data Science and Survey Advisory at Deloitte Research & Insights US

Paula Payton

Associate Teaching Professor – Business Analytics at Wake Forest University School of Business, Head of Data Science and Survey Advisory at Deloitte Research & Insights US
Associate Professor of Management Practice at Babson College, President of Peter S. Cohan & Associates

Peter Cohan

Associate Professor of Management Practice at Babson College, President of Peter S. Cohan & Associates
Research Scientist at the University of Florida, Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council

Read Hayes

Research Scientist at the University of Florida, Director of the Loss Prevention Research Council
Academic Director of Bensadoun School of Retail Management & James McGill Chair in Supply Chain Management at McGill University

Saibal Ray

Academic Director of Bensadoun School of Retail Management & James McGill Chair in Supply Chain Management at McGill University
Director, Leadership Learning at LVMH, Instructor at Harvard University

Sandrine Crener de Schutter

Director, Leadership Learning at LVMH, Instructor at Harvard University
Clinical Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern & Founder of Section4

Scott Galloway

Clinical Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern & Founder of Section4
Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University

Sylvain Charlebois

Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab at Dalhousie University
Executive Professor of Marketing and Director of Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School of Texas A&M University

Thomas McMillan Jr.

Executive Professor of Marketing and Director of Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School of Texas A&M University
Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School of University of Oxford, Advisor, Research Fellow

Tom Davenport

Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School of University of Oxford, Advisor, Research Fellow
George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice University

Utpal Dholakia

George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice University
Ford Chair Professor of Marketing and E-Commerce, Director of Research at Mays Business School of Texas A&M University

Venkatesh Shankar

Ford Chair Professor of Marketing and E-Commerce, Director of Research at Mays Business School of Texas A&M University
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Operations and Content Strategy Lead, Generational Impacts at EY; Speaker, Gen Z Thought Leader

Alison Embrey Medina

Operations and Content Strategy Lead, Generational Impacts at EY; Speaker, Gen Z Thought Leader
Vice President of Research at IDC

Ananda Chakravarty

Vice President of Research at IDC
Director at WGSN Insight

Andrea Bell

Director at WGSN Insight
Vice President & Principal Analyst of Digital Business Strategy at Forrester Research

Brendan Witcher

Vice President & Principal Analyst of Digital Business Strategy at Forrester Research
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Research Officer at Telsey Advisory Group

Dana Telsey

Chief Executive Officer/Chief Research Officer at Telsey Advisory Group
CEO and Founder of Coresight Research

Deborah Weinswig

CEO and Founder of Coresight Research
Chief Retail Strategist at NPD Group, Board Member

Don Unser

Chief Retail Strategist at NPD Group, Board Member
Prinicipal Analyst of Commerce Technology at Forrester

Emily Pfeiffer

Prinicipal Analyst of Commerce Technology at Forrester
Distinguished Vice President Analyst at Gartner

Gene Alvarez

Distinguished Vice President Analyst at Gartner
President at IHL Services, President and Treasurer of Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI)

Greg Buzek

President at IHL Services, President and Treasurer of Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI)
Founder and Chief Research Officer of H Squared Research, Chief Retail Analyst & Head of Retail Research at DONEGER | TOBE, Keynote Speaker, Analyst, Board Advisor, On-Air Contributor

Hitha Herzog

Founder and Chief Research Officer of H Squared Research, Chief Retail Analyst & Head of Retail Research at DONEGER | TOBE, Keynote Speaker, Analyst, Board Advisor, On-Air Contributor
VP of Technology at IHL Services

Jerry Sheldon

VP of Technology at IHL Services
GVP, IDC Retail Insights

Leslie Hand

GVP, IDC Retail Insights
Managing Director Luxury & Fashion at Coresight Research, Speaker, Board Member, Advisor, Instructor

Marie Driscoll

Managing Director Luxury & Fashion at Coresight Research, Speaker, Board Member, Advisor, Instructor
Group Research Director at GlobalData Retail

Maureen Hinton

Group Research Director at GlobalData Retail
Global Lead, Retail and Digital Consumer Insights at Euromonitor, Forbes Contributor, International Keynote Speaker

Michelle Evans

Global Lead, Retail and Digital Consumer Insights at Euromonitor, Forbes Contributor, International Keynote Speaker
Managing Director and Retail Analyst at GlobalData Retail

Neil Saunders

Managing Director and Retail Analyst at GlobalData Retail
Advisory Board Member, Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Retail Systems Research, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Paula Rosenblum

Advisory Board Member, Managing Partner & Co-Founder at Retail Systems Research, RETHINK Retail Advisor
International Desk and Retail Analyst for Central & Eastern Europe at Lebensmittel Zeitung, Grocery Retail Insight and Analyses at ALETOS Advisory

Sebastian Rennack

International Desk and Retail Analyst for Central & Eastern Europe at Lebensmittel Zeitung, Grocery Retail Insight and Analyses at ALETOS Advisory
Managing Director, Senior Retail and eCommerce Analyst at BMO Capital Markets, Board Member

Simeon Siegel

Managing Director, Senior Retail and eCommerce Analyst at BMO Capital Markets, Board Member
Founder of SW Retail, Leading Provider Global Retail Data/Market Intelligence, Co-Founder of DealmakeHers, Board Member, Biz TV Contributor

Stacey Widlitz

Founder of SW Retail, Leading Provider Global Retail Data/Market Intelligence, Co-Founder of DealmakeHers, Board Member, Biz TV Contributor
VP and Principal Analyst, Retail at Forrester Research

Sucharita Kodali

VP and Principal Analyst, Retail at Forrester Research
Managing Partner and Global Retail Leader at EY

Thomas Harms

Managing Partner and Global Retail Leader at EY
Senior Marketing Manager at Techsembly, Contributor at Forbes and Inside Retail

Tiffany Lung

Senior Marketing Manager at Techsembly, Contributor at Forbes and Inside Retail
Vice President, Supply Chain at Gartner

Tom Enright

Vice President, Supply Chain at Gartner
Principal Retail Leader at EY

Tony Ward

Principal Retail Leader at EY
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Head of Retail, Consumer and Lifestyle Industries at World Economic Forum

Andy Moose

Head of Retail, Consumer and Lifestyle Industries at World Economic Forum
President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada

Diane J. Brisebois

President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada
Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium

Helen Dickinson

Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium
Senior Director, Industry and Consumer Insights at the National Retail Federation

Katherine Cullen

Senior Director, Industry and Consumer Insights at the National Retail Federation
Senior EVP Retail Operations & Innovation at Retail Industry Leaders Association

Lisa LaBruno

Senior EVP Retail Operations & Innovation at Retail Industry Leaders Association
President and CEO of the National Retail Federation

Matthew Shay

President and CEO of the National Retail Federation
Program Director at IGD Canada

Stewart Samuel

Program Director at IGD Canada
President at Loss Prevention Foundation

Terry Sullivan

President at Loss Prevention Foundation
Head of Insight - Retail Innovation & Futures at IGD

Toby Pickard

Head of Insight – Retail Innovation & Futures at IGD
Non Executive Chair of National Online Retailers Association (NORA), Vice Chair of Federation of International Retail Associations (FIRA), Board Member, Investor, Advisor

Paul Greenberg

Non Executive Chair of National Online Retailers Association (NORA), Vice Chair of Federation of International Retail Associations (FIRA), Board Member, Investor, Advisor
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Co-Founder of MetaVRse, Advisor, Investor

Alan Smithson

Co-Founder of MetaVRse, Advisor, Investor
Founder of Varese Retail, Speaker, Author, Board Member

Alberto Serrentino

Founder of Varese Retail, Speaker, Author, Board Member
Founder & CEO at Retail Tech X, Senior Advisor, Speaker

Alex Baker

Founder & CEO at Retail Tech X, Senior Advisor, Speaker
Head of Marketing Insights and Customer Research at Zappos, Author, International Keynote Speaker, Advisor

Alex Genov

Head of Marketing Insights and Customer Research at Zappos, Author, International Keynote Speaker, Advisor
Spryker, Co-Founder of eTribes Connect GmbH, Publisher, Analyst & Speaker at Kassenzone

Alexander Graf

Spryker, Co-Founder of eTribes Connect GmbH, Publisher, Analyst & Speaker at Kassenzone
Founder & CEO of Allume Group, Co-Host of Fresh Four at The CPG Guys, Board Member

Andrea Leigh

Founder & CEO of Allume Group, Co-Host of Fresh Four at The CPG Guys, Board Member
Global Industry Leader Retail at Software AG, Founder and CEO of Retail Reflections, Author, Speaker

Andrew Busby

Global Industry Leader Retail at Software AG, Founder and CEO of Retail Reflections, Author, Speaker
COO of The Vitamin Shoppe, Author, Board Member

Andrew Laudato

COO of The Vitamin Shoppe, Author, Board Member
Founder & CEO at 1REC

Andrew Neelon

Founder & CEO at 1REC
Co-Founder at ThinkUncommon, Co-founder & CEO of Sproutly, Author, Speaker, Strategist, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Andrew Smith

Co-Founder at ThinkUncommon, Co-founder & CEO of Sproutly, Author, Speaker, Strategist, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Founder & CEO of retailu, Author, Retail Leadership Expert and Coach

April Sabral

Founder & CEO of retailu, Author, Retail Leadership Expert and Coach
China Marketing Expert, Founder of Alarice & ChoZan, LinkedIn Top Voice, 3x Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker

Ashley Dudarenok

China Marketing Expert, Founder of Alarice & ChoZan, LinkedIn Top Voice, 3x Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker
Senior Global Thought Leader at Kantar Consulting

Barry Thomas

Senior Global Thought Leader at Kantar Consulting
CEO of Pinterest

Bill Ready

CEO of Pinterest
CEO of The Retail Doctor, LinkedIn Top Voice

Bob Phibbs

CEO of The Retail Doctor, LinkedIn Top Voice
Business Transformation Leader - Enterprise Transformation Group at Capgemini Invent

Brandon Rael

Business Transformation Leader – Enterprise Transformation Group at Capgemini Invent
Co-Founder, Chief Digital Officer, and CTO at Iterate.ai, Investor, Advisor, Board Director

Brian Sathianathan

Co-Founder, Chief Digital Officer, and CTO at Iterate.ai, Investor, Advisor, Board Director
Fractional COO at BCL Consulting, Writer and Contributer at Forbes

Brittain Ladd

Fractional COO at BCL Consulting, Writer and Contributer at Forbes
Founder and CEO of Confluencer Commerce, Managing Director at Retail Cities

Bryan Gildenberg

Founder and CEO of Confluencer Commerce, Managing Director at Retail Cities
Founder, Chief Strategist & Executive Advisor at Studio Rx; Marketing Educator, Global Strategist

Carl Boutet

Founder, Chief Strategist & Executive Advisor at Studio Rx; Marketing Educator, Global Strategist
Retail Speaker & Thought Leader, B2B Advisor, Corporate Comms Coach, Multi-Category Media Contributor, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Carol Spieckerman

Retail Speaker & Thought Leader, B2B Advisor, Corporate Comms Coach, Multi-Category Media Contributor, RETHINK Retail Advisor
CEO at Luxlock, Co-Host of the Retail Razor Show

Casey Golden

CEO at Luxlock, Co-Host of the Retail Razor Show
Principal of Cathy Hotka & Associates, Retail Insider and Thought Leader

Cathy Hotka

Principal of Cathy Hotka & Associates, Retail Insider and Thought Leader
Co-Founder and CEO of Proximity, Founder & CEO of Retail Reimagined

Cathy McCabe

Co-Founder and CEO of Proximity, Founder & CEO of Retail Reimagined
President of Americas and EMEA at 7thonline

Chris Chung

President of Americas and EMEA at 7thonline
Founder and President of CHRIS IGWE INTERNATIONAL, Managing Partner at MOREORLESS

Chris Igwe

Founder and President of CHRIS IGWE INTERNATIONAL, Managing Partner at MOREORLESS
Chief Operating Officer at DLC Management Corporation, Host of the Retail Retold Podcast

Chris Ressa

Chief Operating Officer at DLC Management Corporation, Host of the Retail Retold Podcast
Chief Technology & Digital Officer at BambuMeta

Chris Silver

Chief Technology & Digital Officer at BambuMeta
Principal of Retail Creative and Consulting Agency, Baord Member, Host, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Christine Russo

Principal of Retail Creative and Consulting Agency, Baord Member, Host, RETHINK Retail Advisor
President of Velocity Institute

Christopher Durham

President of Velocity Institute
Field CISO - Retail & Hospitality at Fortinet

Courtney Radke

Field CISO – Retail & Hospitality at Fortinet
Technology Futurist, Disruptive Innovation Expert, Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Strategic Advisor, Serial Entrepreneur

Daniel Burrus

Technology Futurist, Disruptive Innovation Expert, Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, Strategic Advisor, Serial Entrepreneur
Daniel Hodges

Daniel Hodges

CEO & Founder of Retail Store Tours, Chief Executive Officer of Consumers in Motion Group, LLC
GM, Retail & Consumer Goods Industry at Microsoft

David Leibowitz

GM, Retail & Consumer Goods Industry at Microsoft
Senior Vice President of Americas at Kantar Retail

David Marcotte

Senior Vice President of Americas at Kantar Retail
Marketing Strategy Lead - Retail, Travel & Distribution at Verizon

David Naumann

Marketing Strategy Lead – Retail, Travel & Distribution at Verizon
Retail Strategy & Insights at AAG Consulting, Chief Strategy Officer at Hoobil8, RETHINK Retail Advisor

DeAnn Campbell

Retail Strategy & Insights at AAG Consulting, Chief Strategy Officer at Hoobil8, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard Research

Diane Wehrle

Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard Research
Executive President and Founder at WOW concept, Founder & CEO of Kapita

Dimas Gimeno Álvarez

Executive President and Founder at WOW concept, Founder & CEO of Kapita
Founder & President of Retail Prophet, Bestselling Author, Retail Futurist, Fortune 100 Business Advisor

Doug Stephens

Founder & President of Retail Prophet, Bestselling Author, Retail Futurist, Fortune 100 Business Advisor
Author of Future Luxe; Managing Director, Global Head of Consumer & Retail Equity Research at HSBC

Erwan Rambourg

Author of Future Luxe; Managing Director, Global Head of Consumer & Retail Equity Research at HSBC
VP of Marketing at Placer.ai

Ethan Chernofsky

VP of Marketing at Placer.ai
Owner of Sartoretto Verna

Fiona Sartoretto Verna

Owner of Sartoretto Verna
Strategic Advisor for Retail Supply Chains & The Last Mile at RetailAID

Gary Newbury

Strategic Advisor for Retail Supply Chains & The Last Mile at RetailAID
George Minakakis

George Minakakis

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Inception Retail Group, Inc.
Vice President of Industry and Advanced Technology at Tecsys, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Guy Courtin

Vice President of Industry and Advanced Technology at Tecsys, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Partner at Candezent Advisory, Senior Advisor and Commerce Community Co-Chair at Open Voice Network

Gwen Morrison

Partner at Candezent Advisory, Senior Advisor and Commerce Community Co-Chair at Open Voice Network
Chief Executive Officer of We Can!, Board Director at Summer Search, Advisory Board Member at Dirty Labs

Haixia Yu

Chief Executive Officer of We Can!, Board Director at Summer Search, Advisory Board Member at Dirty Labs
Founder of Gen Z Planet, Author, Keynote Speaker

Hana Ben Shabat

Founder of Gen Z Planet, Author, Keynote Speaker
Owner of Ian Scott Retail Consulting, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Ian Scott

Owner of Ian Scott Retail Consulting, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Partner - Americas Retail Leader at EY

Isaac Krakovsky

Partner – Americas Retail Leader at EY
President of VSN Media LLC at VSN Strategies

James Tenser

President of VSN Media LLC at VSN Strategies
Chief Commerce Strategy Officer of Publicis, Podcaster at The Jason & Scot Show, Chief Strategist at Retailgeek

Jason Goldberg

Chief Commerce Strategy Officer of Publicis, Podcaster at The Jason & Scot Show, Chief Strategist at Retailgeek
Board Director and Advisor, NED, Investor, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Jason McNary

Board Director and Advisor, NED, Investor, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Strategic Advisor at Competera, Strategic Advisor - Retail at Third Eye Advisory, Co-Host of This Week in Innovation, Advisory Council Member at GMU Center for Retail Transformation

Jeff Roster

Strategic Advisor at Competera, Strategic Advisor – Retail at Third Eye Advisory, Co-Host of This Week in Innovation, Advisory Council Member at GMU Center for Retail Transformation
CEO & Founding Partner of Merchandising Metrics

Jeff Sward

CEO & Founding Partner of Merchandising Metrics
Partner, Head of Futures at Dive Without Fear

Jeffrey Roberts

Partner, Head of Futures at Dive Without Fear
Senior Manager, Commercial Marketing Asia Pacific at Sensormatic

Jeremey Sea

Senior Manager, Commercial Marketing Asia Pacific at Sensormatic
Senior Managing Director - Global Lead, Retail at Accenture

Jill Puleri Standish

Senior Managing Director – Global Lead, Retail at Accenture
Author, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, Moderator, Business Coach, Consultant, President & CEO of Retail Solutions Providers Association

Jim Roddy

Author, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, Moderator, Business Coach, Consultant, President & CEO of Retail Solutions Providers Association
Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy & Design at WD Partners

Joanne Heyob

Senior Vice President of Operations Strategy & Design at WD Partners
Senior Vice President – Commerce Center of Excellence at Bounteous, Forbes Council Member, Global Strategist, TV Pundit

Jon Reily

Senior Vice President – Commerce Center of Excellence at Bounteous, Forbes Council Member, Global Strategist, TV Pundit
CEO and Co-Founder at Kung Fu Data

Josh Gardner

CEO and Co-Founder at Kung Fu Data
Partner, Consumer Center of Competency (CoC) Leader at IBM

Karl Haller

Partner, Consumer Center of Competency (CoC) Leader at IBM
Chief Futurist, Consumer Industry, Principal at Deloitte

Kasey Lobaugh

Chief Futurist, Consumer Industry, Principal at Deloitte
Chief Executive Officer at The Fashioneering Lab

Kate Sheldon

Chief Executive Officer at The Fashioneering Lab
President of Graff Retail

Kevin Graff

President of Graff Retail
Head of Retail Marketplace Strategy at Acadia, Co-Host of Ecommerce Braintrust Podcast

Kiri Masters

Head of Retail Marketplace Strategy at Acadia, Co-Host of Ecommerce Braintrust Podcast
Principal, Strategy Director & Global Retail Practice Leader at Gensler

Lara Marrero

Principal, Strategy Director & Global Retail Practice Leader at Gensler
Principal and Founder of The Merchant Life, Retail Strategist and Industry Lead, Speaker, Contributor

Liza Amlani

Principal and Founder of The Merchant Life, Retail Strategist and Industry Lead, Speaker, Contributor
Global Director, Retail Transformation Services at Avery Dennison, Speaker, Writer

Marshall Kay

Global Director, Retail Transformation Services at Avery Dennison, Speaker, Writer
The Consumer Champion; Founder of The Customer First Group, Author, Chairman, Board Advisor

Martin Newman

The Consumer Champion; Founder of The Customer First Group, Author, Chairman, Board Advisor
Co-Founder at Retail Hub, Founder of Global Retail Alliance

Massimo Volpe

Co-Founder at Retail Hub, Founder of Global Retail Alliance
Sr. Executive Retail Recruiter, Luxury and Specialty Retail, Corporate and Wholesale at The Bowerman Group

Meghan Houle

Sr. Executive Retail Recruiter, Luxury and Specialty Retail, Corporate and Wholesale at The Bowerman Group
LinkedIn Top Voices, Principal, MG2 and Founder of The Lionesque Group

Melissa Gonzalez

LinkedIn Top Voices, Principal, MG2 and Founder of The Lionesque Group
Director, Retail Strategy at CI&T

Melissa Minkow

Director, Retail Strategy at CI&T
CEO & Co-Founder at Zipline, Official Member of Forbes Technology Council

Melissa Wong

CEO & Co-Founder at Zipline, Official Member of Forbes Technology Council
Customer Service Consultant, Trainer, eLearning, Author, Forbes Senior Contributor

Micah Solomon

Customer Service Consultant, Trainer, eLearning, Author, Forbes Senior Contributor
Founder of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc; Strategic Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Michael LeBlanc

Founder of M.E. LeBlanc & Company Inc; Strategic Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Founder of 5 New Digital, Author, Keynote Speaker, Media Personality

Michael Zakkour

Founder of 5 New Digital, Author, Keynote Speaker, Media Personality
Director, Strategy and Insights, Retail and Consumer Goods at Salesforce

Michelle Grant

Director, Strategy and Insights, Retail and Consumer Goods at Salesforce
Retail Technology Magazine Publisher, Author, Consultant

Miya Knights

Retail Technology Magazine Publisher, Author, Consultant
Retail Analyst & Founder at NBK Retail, Author, Forbes Senior Contributor

Natalie Berg

Retail Analyst & Founder at NBK Retail, Author, Forbes Senior Contributor
CEO at DISTILL, Board Advisor, Speaker, Professor

Neely Tamminga

CEO at DISTILL, Board Advisor, Speaker, Professor
Head of Retail Partnerships and Strategy at Her Black Book, Retail Specialist & Futurist

Nicholas Gray

Head of Retail Partnerships and Strategy at Her Black Book, Retail Specialist & Futurist
The Retail Nomad

Nick Harbaugh

The Retail Nomad
Founder of Retail Minded, Co-Founder of Independent Retailer Conference, Author, Speaker

Nicole Leinbach Reyhle

Founder of Retail Minded, Co-Founder of Independent Retailer Conference, Author, Speaker
Vice President of Strategy at Aptos Retail

Nikki Baird

Vice President of Strategy at Aptos Retail
Retail Transformation Director and Consultant at OB&Co, Host of the Retail Transformation Show

Oliver Banks

Retail Transformation Director and Consultant at OB&Co, Host of the Retail Transformation Show
Founder at Retail Knowledge

Paul Bessant

Founder at Retail Knowledge
Co-Host of The CPG Guys Podcast, Senior Vice President of Commercial Solutions & Business Development at Fetch

Peter Bond

Co-Host of The CPG Guys Podcast, Senior Vice President of Commercial Solutions & Business Development at Fetch
Founder and Managing Partner of Rekon Retail, SVP of Retail at retailOS

Rebekah Kondrat

Founder and Managing Partner of Rekon Retail, SVP of Retail at retailOS
Director Partner Marketing & Sr Advisor for Retail & Consumer Goods at Microsoft; Podcaster at Retail Razor, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Ricardo Belmar

Director Partner Marketing & Sr Advisor for Retail & Consumer Goods at Microsoft; Podcaster at Retail Razor, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Consumer Anthropologists, Keynote Speakers, Authors and Consultants

Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender

Consumer Anthropologists, Keynote Speakers, Authors and Consultants
CEO and Founder of Uncrowd, Author of Friction/Reward and Smart Retail

Richard Hammond

CEO and Founder of Uncrowd, Author of Friction/Reward and Smart Retail
EVP, Global Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer of Navy Exchange Service Command

Richard Honiball

EVP, Global Chief Merchandising & Marketing Officer of Navy Exchange Service Command
Partner at Triangle Capital LLC, Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner at Triangle Capital LLC, Forbes Contributor
Chief Executive at Retail Economics

Richard Lim

Chief Executive at Retail Economics
CEO & Founder of RMW Commerce Consulting

Rick Watson

CEO & Founder of RMW Commerce Consulting
VP and GM of Retail at Salesforce

Rob Garf

VP and GM of Retail at Salesforce
Bestselling Author of RETAIL PRIDE, Show Host of RETAIL IN AMERICA

Ron Thurston

Bestselling Author of RETAIL PRIDE, Show Host of RETAIL IN AMERICA
Senior Concept Strategy at Sandenburg Concept Creation, Jury Member, Chairman, Columnist

Rupert Parker Brady

Senior Concept Strategy at Sandenburg Concept Creation, Jury Member, Chairman, Columnist
Head of Retail Product Marketing at T-Mobile

Ryan Taylor

Head of Retail Product Marketing at T-Mobile
Founder & Moderator of RETAIL SPEAK, Forbes Contributor, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Sanford Stein

Founder & Moderator of RETAIL SPEAK, Forbes Contributor, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Chief Executive Officer at Benedict Enterprises, Vice President of Partnerships at WhyteSpyder

Scott Benedict

Chief Executive Officer at Benedict Enterprises, Vice President of Partnerships at WhyteSpyder
Director and Head of the SRS Innovation Center at SRS Distribution Inc., Host of the Ecommerce Growth Show USA

Scott Emmons

Director and Head of the SRS Innovation Center at SRS Distribution Inc., Host of the Ecommerce Growth Show USA
VP of Global Industry Strategy: Retail, E-Commerce & CPG at Talkdesk, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Shannon Flanagan

VP of Global Industry Strategy: Retail, E-Commerce & CPG at Talkdesk, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Managing Director at THINK PLAN DO CONSULTING (TPD Consulting), Keynote Speaker, Author

Sharon Yourell Lawlor

Managing Director at THINK PLAN DO CONSULTING (TPD Consulting), Keynote Speaker, Author
Customer Service & Experience Expert, Keynote Speaker, NYT Bestselling Author

Shep Hyken

Customer Service & Experience Expert, Keynote Speaker, NYT Bestselling Author
Global Retail Lead, Microsoft for Startups

ShiSh Shridhar

Global Retail Lead, Microsoft for Startups
Founder and CEO of retailOS, Managing Partner at Case Property Services

Shlomo Chopp

Founder and CEO of retailOS, Managing Partner at Case Property Services
President and Founder of SageBerry Consulting, Forbes Senior Contributor, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, Author

Steve Dennis

President and Founder of SageBerry Consulting, Forbes Senior Contributor, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster, Author
CEO at Grocery Insight, Advisor

Steve Dresser

CEO at Grocery Insight, Advisor
Sustainability Director of Global Brands and Retailers at HH Global, Head Of Sustainability - POPAI UK & Ireland

Steve Lister

Sustainability Director of Global Brands and Retailers at HH Global, Head Of Sustainability – POPAI UK & Ireland
Curator at Shop Drop Daily, Creative Director at Wild VC

Tim Nash

Curator at Shop Drop Daily, Creative Director at Wild VC
CEO and Managing Director of Global Retail Business Unit at Prosegur, CEO of TD Insights LLC, Speaker, Board Member, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Tony D'Onofrio

CEO and Managing Director of Global Retail Business Unit at Prosegur, CEO of TD Insights LLC, Speaker, Board Member, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Head of AI and Innovation at Raydiant, CEO at Summoner, Advisor

Trevor Sumner

Head of AI and Innovation at Raydiant, CEO at Summoner, Advisor
Co-Founder at CommerceNext, Advisor at Chameleon Collective, RETHINK Retail Advisor

Veronika Sonsev

Co-Founder at CommerceNext, Advisor at Chameleon Collective, RETHINK Retail Advisor
Chief Executive Officer at Vendors in Partnership LLC, Co-Founder of Vendors in Partnership (VIP) Awards

Vicki Cantrell

Chief Executive Officer at Vendors in Partnership LLC, Co-Founder of Vendors in Partnership (VIP) Awards
Founder & CEO of Wizz & Co.

Wizz Selvey

Founder & CEO of Wizz & Co.
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VP of Content at G3 Communications (Retail TouchPoints, design:retail, Retail Innovation Conference)

Alicia Esposito

VP of Content at G3 Communications (Retail TouchPoints, design:retail, Retail Innovation Conference)
CEO and Founder of Qumin, Founder of Dao Insights

Arnold Ma

CEO and Founder of Qumin, Founder of Dao Insights
Senior Features Editor, CO— by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Barbara Thau

Senior Features Editor, CO— by U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Publisher at Tradeopolis Communications, eCommerce Coach, Podcast Host

Branden Moskwa

Publisher at Tradeopolis Communications, eCommerce Coach, Podcast Host
Managing Editor at Retail Connections

Chris Field

Managing Editor at Retail Connections
Co-CEOs of Omni Talk, Podcast Hosts

Chris Walton, Anne Mezzenga

Co-CEOs of Omni Talk, Podcast Hosts
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Claire McCormack

Editor of Beauty Independent
Senior On-Air Retail Reporter at CNBC

Courtney Reagan

Senior On-Air Retail Reporter at CNBC
Founder, Co-EIC and Publisher at Retail Insider

Craig Patterson

Founder, Co-EIC and Publisher at Retail Insider
Senior Editor, Technology, Chain Store Age at EnsembleIQ

Dan Berthiaume

Senior Editor, Technology, Chain Store Age at EnsembleIQ
Technology Editor at The Grocer

George Nott

Technology Editor at The Grocer
Founder and Editor-in-Chief at InternetRetailing, CEO at RetailX

Ian Jindal

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at InternetRetailing, CEO at RetailX
Ethical Entrepreneur, Retail Analyst, Speaker, Writer, Councillor & Leader of Oxon County Council Green Party Group

Ian Middleton

Ethical Entrepreneur, Retail Analyst, Speaker, Writer, Councillor & Leader of Oxon County Council Green Party Group
Head of Trends at Insider Trends, Writer

Jack Stratten

Head of Trends at Insider Trends, Writer
President & Co-Founder of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality and Total Retail at NAPCO Media

Jennifer DiPasquale

President & Co-Founder of Women in Retail Leadership Circle, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality and Total Retail at NAPCO Media
Managing Director at Newstores; Retail Specialist, Journalist, Advisor

John Ryan

Managing Director at Newstores; Retail Specialist, Journalist, Advisor
Business Reporter at New York Times, Contributor at Marketplace by APM

Jordyn Holman

Business Reporter at New York Times, Contributor at Marketplace by APM
Editor-in-Chief of RETHINK Retail

Julia Raymond Hare

Editor-in-Chief of RETHINK Retail
SVP Content and Advisory Board Chairperson at Shoptalk and Groceryshop

Krystina Gustafson

SVP Content and Advisory Board Chairperson at Shoptalk and Groceryshop
Editor for Retail Property Analyst, Editor-in-Chief of MAPIC, Editor for World Retail Congress, Forbes Contributor

Mark Faithfull

Editor for Retail Property Analyst, Editor-in-Chief of MAPIC, Editor for World Retail Congress, Forbes Contributor
Co-Founder at Women in Retail Leadership Circle; Brand & Content Director at Total Retail at NAPCO Media

Melissa Campanelli

Co-Founder at Women in Retail Leadership Circle; Brand & Content Director at Total Retail at NAPCO Media
Co-Founder of Future Commerce

Phillip Jackson

Co-Founder of Future Commerce
Owner, Publisher, and Editor of Global Retail Brands Magazine

Phillip Russo

Owner, Publisher, and Editor of Global Retail Brands Magazine
CEO of The Robin Report

Robin Lewis

CEO of The Robin Report
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Sharon Edelson

Senior Writer at Blanc Magazine, Forbes Contributor, Vogue Business Contributor
Chief Strategy Officer at The Robin Report, Business Strategist, Speaker, Associate Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology

Shelley E. Kohan

Chief Strategy Officer at The Robin Report, Business Strategist, Speaker, Associate Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology
Managing Director at Insight Retail Group, Speaker, Retail Commentator

Steve Collinge

Managing Director at Insight Retail Group, Speaker, Retail Commentator
Retail Industry Reporter at The Wall Street Journal

Suzanne Kapner

Retail Industry Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Top retail influencers 2023

About Our List

How do we define retail influencers and categories?

We recognize influencers for their activity within the online retail community. Influencers frequently comment on retail trends or news stories, share industry insights and join thought leadership discussions. These influencers take on many roles. We selected executives from academia, media, consultancies and analyst firms.

Often times, influencers wear multiple hats spanning professions. We identified 5 categories most common in this cohort:

Academia: university educators leading retail-related courses or programs

Analysts: industry research firms tracking the latest trends

Associations: retail trade associations

Experts: retail authors, consultants, advisors, futurists, speakers

Media: editors, journalists, podcast hosts, bloggers, content creators

How did we identify the Top Retail Influencers of 2023?

Our team used a variety of sources to select our TRI, including: third-party listings, primary research within our own network of influencers, recent award winners and tools such as Buzzsumo.

We considered factors such as social presence, articles, speaking engagements, awards and authority to verify each awardee included in our non-ordered listing of the TRI.

How can you be considered for future lists?

Yes. If you’re actively sharing insights, publishing your writing, speaking at industry events, and engaging with the media, we would love to consider your nomination.

If you’d like to be considered or nominate someone, let us know in the form below:

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