Retail pros to share HR secrets

RLS-Event-NEWAdrian Jones, CEO of retail group APG & Co, and Alexie O’Brien, ANZ head of fashion brand Kit and Ace, will share their insights into developing and retaining retail talent at a workshop hosted by Inside Retail Academy.

Tickets are on sale now for the Retail Leadership Seminar: Inspiring People & Brands, a one-day workshop that will focus on how to get the most out of your staff, ensure best practice before Christmas and increase your business growth.

Jones has spent over 26 years working in senior roles in Australian, UK and European retailers including Borders, Myer, Marks & Spencer, Next and WH Smith PLC. He is currently the CEO of APG & C, which owns Sportscraft, Saba, Willow and JAG.

As the driving force behind Lululemon Athletica in Australia and New Zealand for 7 years, O’Brien was part of the team that grew the business from turning over a few million dollars a year, to achieving annual sales of up to $100 million. She is currently heading up a new retail venture in Australian and NZ, called Kit and Ace, by the founders of Lululemon.

Jones and O’Brien join the the list of speakers at the event, which includes Elle Roseby, GM of Supré, Kate Mathers from Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Nadia Tribuzio, who specialises in retail operations and head office recruitment for Hays and, global consumer trend expert, Kristina Dryža. 

Australian fashion and retail veteran, Catherine van der Meulen, will lead the event as the GM of Inside Retail Academy. Since the sale of her family’s business Supré in 2013, Van der Meulen has emerged as a business consultant, expert brand and marketing manager, author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Retail Leadership Seminar: Inspiring People & Brands will take place in Melbourne on October 13 at The Sheraton Melbourne, 27 Little Collins Street, and in Sydney on October 15, at Sydney Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street. Click here for more information.

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