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Industry leaders and innovators to share their formulas for success at University of Arizona Conference  - The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

Global Retailing Conference comes to Tucson April 12-13, 2012

TUCSON, Arizona, February 27, 2012 – The Global Retailing Conference (GRC) of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing today announced that some of the industry’s leading forces for innovation will present at its 16thannual two-day conference. Among the speakers are senior executives from Macy’s, The Home Depot, Walmart, PetSmart, General Growth Partners, Kraft, Nielsen and Li and Fung.

The conference will be held April 12-13 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ.  The event serves as a forum and think tank for emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia. Presentations will focus on strategies and techniques for engaging customers in an increasingly sophisticated landscape for retailing and related industries.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President & CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Frank Blake, CEO, The Home Depot
  • David L. Calhoun, CEO, Nielsen
  • Barry Calpino, VP-Innovation, Kraft Foods
  • Steve Church, SVP, Avnet, Inc.
  • Rick Darling, President, LF USA Inc. (Li & Fung Limited)
  • Michelle Gloeckler, SVP-General Merchandising Manager for Home, Walmart
  • Poppy King, Innovation Business Leader
  • Kasey M. Lobaugh, Omnichannel Retail Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, General Growth Properties
  • Robert F. Moran, Chairman & CEO, PetSmart
  • Gwen Dixon Morrison, CEO-Americas & Australasia, The Store (WPP)
  • Debra A. Pruent, Member of the Management Board, GfK Group
  • Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research
  • Peter Sachse, Chief Stores Officer, Macy’s
  • Elie Dekel, President, Saban Brands


Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on, with pages on (keyword Global Retailing Conference),, and 

“Our industry is changing quickly, with new practices and technologies emerging at every turn to help us win with customers. This conference is designed to provide an in-depth look at some of the leading companies that are changing the face of retailing, and the ideas that continue to drive their success,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., who will deliver opening remarks. “As one of the nation’s largest and most accomplished centers for retailing education, the University of Arizona provides a unique setting to see and hear the thinking of our industry’s leading executives within the collaborative context of an academic institution that is brimming with ideas for engaging our customers in the future.”  

Registrations for a limited number of attendees are currently being accepted.

         The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors Macy’s, Deloitte, J.G. Boswell Company, PetSmart, Supima Cotton, Saban Brands, Home Depot, Walmart, Yahoo!, Green Mountain Consulting, Hudson River Group, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Acento, Bridgestone/Firestone, Defero, SAP, E&J Gallo Winery, Verizon Wireless, Microsoft, and Avnet.

          For more information on attending the event, visit and follow to the registration page. Or email Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals. The retailing and consumer sciences  program  is considered one of the top retail business programs in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in classes and degree programs.


Media Contact:

Kimberley A. Brooke
Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing
University of Arizona

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