Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Summary: In just the past few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been called “The next frontier of technology.” We are seeing the rise of smart cities … factory floors that identify failing machines on their own and vending machines that know your order. These innovations are all examples of how the Internet of Things is fueling innovation in nearly every industry, especially Retail. In the very near future, as we become more proficient at blending smart systems with data analytics, the scope and reach of the IoT will become grander and more ambitious. This webinar will address the positive implications of IoT as well as analytics on the future of Retail.
Speaker Bios: Maroun Ishac is Director of Business Development in the Retail Solutions Division at Intel where he works closely with retail brands, creative agencies and system integrators to shape the future of new technology platforms that deliver richer, more engaging and more relevant customer experiences. Ishac has 20 years of experience in senior management positions at Intel. From 2003 to 2008, as Director of Customer and Sales Development Worldwide for the Intel Personal Health Care and Consumer Electronics Groups, he was responsible for developing and implementing OEM and sales development initiatives around the world. He has an extensive track record in designing and implementing new strategies and go-to-market models that deliver results and achieve revenue goals. In addition to his work at Intel, Ishac launched Cedrus Networks, a start-up focused on smart-grid mesh networks in the Middle East. Ishac is married with three children and enjoys farming and being a winemaker. He holds an MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University.
Vikas Sharma is Director of Algorithms Pathfinding for Business at Intel. His group’s charter is to identify and tackle big problems across the company. Some may not even be known to have a feasible solution. His group’s problems range from identifying future technology trends to product planning, development and pricing, supply-demand balancing and sales and marketing. Sharma earned a Ph.D. in algorithms from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 after which he joined Intel’s Process Development R&D, where he led development of test technologies on many process nodes before forming this pathfinding group three years ago.
David Roth started his career at the House of Commons working for a member of the U.K. Parliament. He swapped politics for the cut and thrust of advertising. Joining Bates Dorland, he became Main Board Director for Strategy and Managing Director of the consulting and digital divisions and CEO of the worldwide retail and technology centre of excellence. Roth joined Kingfisher B&Q plc, one of Europe’s largest retailers sitting on the main board of directors as U.K. and International Marketing and Strategy Director. He led B&Q’s international expansion to Asia. Roth is now at WPP as the CEO of The Store, EMEA and Asia, the WPP Global Retail Practice and Chairman BAV Group. He also leads WPP BrandZ, the world’s largest brand equity study. Roth has authored a number of books and studies, including “A History of Retail in 100 Objects, “The Thoughts of Chairmen Now: Wisdom and Insights from China’s Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs” and “The Next Era of Digital Retailing, “Smart Shopping – Artificial Intelligence In Retail” and “The China Dream.” He broadcasts and lectures around the world including Bath University, Yale, CKGSB and Cambridge. He is a leading authority on digital and AI in retail. Roth is a non-executive director of the NGO, “TFT,” an organization dedicated to sustainable production. He is Chairman of the Centre for International Business and Management at Brunel University London and Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.