Speakers

  • Mark Lavelle

    CEO, Magento Commerce

    Mark became CEO of Magento Commerce in November 2015, after serving as Senior Vice President of Product for eBay Enterprise. Previously, Mark held a number of leadership positions within eBay Inc., including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for both eBay Inc. and PayPal. Mark co-founded Bill Me Later, acquired by eBay in 2008. He has spent more than 20 years building businesses at the intersection of the internet, commerce, and information technology. Mark's background includes successfully developing and executing global growth strategies, acquisitions and joint ventures, startup fundraising, and investing.
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  • Dries Buytaert

    Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Acquia

    Dries is the CTO and Co-Founder of Acquia, and is also the original creator and project lead for Drupal. Acquia is a venture-backed technology company that helps large organizations build and operate their digital experiences, and is the open source web platform used by 1 out of 40 websites in the world. Dries was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium but moved to Boston in 2010. He holds a Licentiate Computer Science degree from the University of Antwerp, and a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University. He was named CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review, and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In Belgium, he was named University of Antwerp Alumnus of the Year 2010 and DataNews ICT Personality of the Year 2014.
  • Jason Woosley

    SVP of Product & Technology, Magento Commerce

    Jason is the SVP of Product & Technology, responsible for delivery and execution across the Magento portfolio. Prior to joining Magento, Jason served as the CTO at SmarterHQ and before that as Vice President of Product Development at Volusion. A veteran commerce technologist with over 15 years of proven success in building scalable software delivery organizations, Jason earned his BBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He completed his graduate studies at MIT with an MBA from the Sloan School of Management.
  • Gary Specter

    SVP, Global Sales and Customer Success, Magento Commerce

    Gary is a strategic sales leader with a 20+ year track record of building cohesive, passionate, high-performance sales and services organizations in vertical markets including retail, distribution, manufacturing, technology, and finance. Prior to Magento, Gary successfully ran international and domestic sales teams at NetSuite, IBM, and Sterling Commerce. With a strong understanding of sales enablement, operations, process, and execution, Gary focuses on building goal-oriented, winning teams and cultures with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and corporate citizenship while exceeding financial and customer satisfaction goals.
  • Paul Boisvert

    VP of Product Management, Magento Commerce

    Paul is VP of Product Management for Magento Commerce. He has worked at eBay Inc. since 2011 and joined Magento in 2012. Prior to joining eBay Inc., Paul led Product Management for Yahoo! Small Business, inclusive of its eCommerce, hosting, business mail, and domains businesses, serving over one million small businesses.
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    Michael Sonier

    Head of Omnichannel Products, Magento Commerce

    Michael is Head of Omnichannel Products at Magento where he leads the product and its go-to-market strategy. Michael has over eight years of experience in commerce Product Management and Marketing, and has partnered with hundreds of merchants and partners on implementing successful omnichannel programs. He lives in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
  • Haris Ahmed

    Head of Retail Business, SANASAFINAZ

    Haris is the Head of Retail Business at Sana Safinaz. He has lead the company’s fashion retail business from scratch, successfully managing and building it into the country’s leading fashion retailer. Haris has 10 years of experience in the fashion retail industry and has worked across North America, Europe, and Asia with various types of brands. His last stint was with the Spanish fashion giant, Mango. Haris strives to bring modern, convenient, and adaptive solutions to Sana Safinaz’s digital business, and strengthen the company’s leadership role in Pakistan’s retail industry.
  • Moeed Ahmed Sheikh

    Deputy Manager - Digital Business, SANASAFINAZ

    Moeed is an eCommerce enthusiast at Sana Safinaz- Pakistan's premier luxury fashion retailer. He is responsible for the continuous improvement in customer digital experiences, and he admires modern eCommerce technologies and oversees implementations of such initiatives. In his free time, Moeed can be seen raiding in World of Warcraft as a Paladin or destroying “Ancient” in Dota.
  • David Aponovich

    Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Acquia

    David is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Acquia, where he helps articulate the business and technical benefits of Acquia's cloud-based platform for ambitious digital experiences. Based in Boston, he is a 15-year veteran of web content management and digital experience. Prior to joining Acquia, David was a senior analyst at Forrester Research, covering web content management and digital experience platforms.
  • Alex Barbier

    Digital Marketing Director, Oliver Sweeney

    Alex joined Oliver Sweeney, the London-based premium luxury shoe and menswear, over 25 years ago. Alex has 12 years of experience in international Direct Marketing and eCommerce, and has just completed the re-platforming of Oliversweeney.com to Magento 2 Cloud Edition.
  • Andy Barker

    Sr. Director of Strategy & Growth for Global Payments, Magento Commerce

    Andy is the Senior Director of Strategy & Growth for Global Payments at Magento Commerce. He has more than 20 years of eCommerce experience, with 15 years specializing in payments. Andy brings a wealth of hands-on business and technical knowledge to the complex, global payments landscape. With a desire to make payments easier for merchants and consumers, he continues to push industry thinking to creatively address the future of commerce.
  • James Billington

    Consultant, Unipart Autostore

    James has over 15 years of B2C and B2B eCommerce experience. He currently works on a contractor/consultancy basis for Unipart Autoparts. James recently project-managed the new Unipart Autoparts B2B website, built using M2EE with SAP and a car parts database integration. He is also working on post launch developments for the new site, and other eCommerce projects for Unipart Autoparts.
  • Ron Bongo

    CEO & Founder, Corra

    Ron is CEO and Founder of the digital commerce agency Corra, one of the UK’s two Magento Global Elite partners. Instilling a commitment to quality and a customer-first culture across the organization, Ron led Corra to over 2,000 percent growth since 2009, with six offices around the world. In addition to managing corporate strategy, directing the executive team, and building key business and strategic relationships for the company, Ron is also an active member of the Magento Partner Advisory Council.
  • Mark Brinton

    Sr. Technical Product Manager, Magento Commerce

    Mark is a Senior Technical Product Manager at Magento, where he serves as the lead product manager for B2B features. He joined Magento in early 2015 and brings more than 13 years of experience in corporate finance, product management, business intelligence, and online advertising. Before joining Magento, Mark designed the yield reporting system for Microsoft’s display advertising business to support pricing and revenue optimization worldwide. Mark holds an MBA with distinction from London Business School.
  • Tony Brown

    Technical Director, Space 48

    Tony is the Technical Director at Space 48, a Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner. He has 15 years of eCommerce experience, and has developed Magento solutions since 2008. Tony has the full set of Magento certifications and is passionate about learning, collaborating, and sharing knowledge. He was recognised as a Magento Masters Maker 2017 for contributions including co-organizing multiple Mage Titans events, speaking engagements and continuous contributions to DevDocs.
  • Eric Erway

    Sr. UX Manager, Magento Commerce

    Eric is the Senior UX Manager for Omnichannel, Business Intelligence, and Marketplace products at Magento Commerce, including Commerce Order Management and POS. Eric joined Magento in 2015 and has over 19 years of experience designing and developing world-class products and services at Dell, AOL, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Eric is passionate about the customer experience and design thinking.
  • John Fitchett

    Managing Director UK & Europe, ebizmarts POS

    John has over 15 years of experience in omnichannel payments, channel partner development, and retail commerce in online, mobile, and physical environments. Having spent his career at PayPal, Sage Pay, and Visa Europe, he is now helping to establish and expand the global footprint of ebizmarts with a native iPad-based Point-of-Sale solution for Magento.
  • Rod Forsythe

    Sr. Consultant, FitForCommerce

    Rod is a senior consultant at FitForCommerce with over 25 years of experience, specializing in ecommerce platforms (design, technology, implementations, selection and evaluation), web development and project management. With over 19 years experience in ecommerce Rod has helped over 50 well-known retailers with the selection of ecommerce platforms and managed the implementation of more than 100 domains. With a disciplined view into total cost of ownership, features/functions, deployment models and operating costs, provides Rod with the basis for a structured approach.
  • Axia Gaiskell-Kendrick

    Head of Brand, Osprey London

    Axia is Head of Brand at Osprey London, the British luxury leather goods and gifts company, where she manages the brand’s profile and a talented web team. She served as the former Head of International Communications for The Body Shop International PLC, before taking up the role of Communications Director at Virgin. After a four-year stint as a fashion editor, Axia started her own brand communications agency, creating digital content strategies for major international fashion and beauty brands. “Content will always be king,” she states. “But to reach the audience your brand really deserves, it’s all about finding the right platform.”
  • Shannon Hane

    Product Marketing Director, Magento Commerce

    Shannon focuses on product marketing and go-to-market strategies for the Magento Digital Commerce product line and B2B initiatives. Prior to joining eBay/Magento in 2013, Shannon managed product marketing for Yahoo! Small Business, which provides web hosting, eCommerce, and marketing services to small businesses. She has also held marketing positions at Inktomi, E*TRADE, and Apple.
  • Ashley Hubbard

    eCommerce Manager, Grenson

    Since his early 20s, Ashley has been involved in the world of digital marketing and retail. He began his career working for world-renowned universities. More recently, Ashley led the eCommerce and EPOS integration for Europe’s largest late night bar and nightclub operator, The Deltic Group, which controls 60 sites and commands annual turnover of £100 million. Currently, Ashley manages the eCommerce team for Grenson, a 150-year-old luxury British footwear brand. Grenson’s eCommerce platform is a Magento-based deployment with store fronts in multiple currencies, multiple payment channels, and integration with five retail stores in London and New York.
  • Jamie Huskisson

    Head of Client Services & Founder, JH

    Jamie is the Founder and Managing Director of JH, an Enterprise Solutions Partner agency. JH specializes in delivering Magento eCommerce sites that dramatically boost revenues. From the company’s head office in Nottingham, England, Jamie leads a multi-award winning team that is recognized as industry-leaders, and builders of sites that transform businesses. Hot on the heels of his company’s second Magento Imagine Excellence Award for Best Mobile Experience, Jamie brings to the panel a wealth of mobile innovation, knowledge, and experience.
  • Grant Kemp

    Mobile & Data Specialist, Inviqa

    Grant is a mobile and data specialist who is passionate about innovation and analytics. At Inviqa he helps customers to leverage Google Analytics and similar technologies to grow their sites. Grant has an extensive eCommerce background in working on both the client and agency side, having worked for brands including Tesco and McDonalds. When he’s not coding, Grant runs one of the largest hackathon groups in Europe.
  • Alan Kent

    Magento Chief Architect, Magento Commerce

    Alan joined the Magento team in 2013, focusing on the new Magento 2 platform. Today, Alan is responsible for the integration of several Magento related initiatives, including integration with order management and in-store retail associate tools. Alan grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and joined eBay in 2011 to lead the team that rewrote the eBay distributed search engine from the ground up.
  • Tobias Kiesel

    Project Manager, Riese & Mueller

    Tobias is Project Manager at Riese & Müller, a leading manufacturer of E-Bikes based in Darmstadt, Germany. He is responsible for numerous projects that support one of Riese & Müllers' most important strategies: Digitalisation of processes within the company and the working processes with retailers. Tobias works with teams across the entire company, such as production, sales, IT, R&D, and marketing. He has a degree in Business Administration.
  • Steven King

    Head of Technology, Kurt Geiger

    Steven joined Kurt Geiger London in 2013 as Head of Technology. Today he leads the IT and eCommerce development teams with responsibility for technology strategy and overall IT delivery and operations. Kurt Geiger is Europe’s largest retailer of luxury footwear and both the kurtgeiger.com and shoeaholics.com are Magento websites. Kurt Geiger has over 70 stores and 170 concessions located within the world’s most prestigious department stores.
  • Irina Lam

    Head of Sales, Omniconvert

    Irina is a growth-driven business development strategist. During her almost decade in business development and sales, she has shown an ability to drive change and unwavering appetite for continuous improvement. Currently she is the Head of Sales at Omniconvert, a conversion rate optimization platform on its journey to becoming the most prominent AI-fueled CRO tool in the world.
  • Ryan Leffel

    Sr. Director of Retail Strategy and Creative Services, Corra

    Ryan is dedicated to helping companies exceed their business objectives and drive the online shopping experience while meeting user’s needs with ease. He has held lead user experience roles at multiple companies, including R/GA, and Yahoo!. He has also held extensive freelance and consulting positions at start-ups and agencies such as McGarry Bowen and PM Digital. Ryan earned a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
  • Ben Marks

    Evangelist, Magento Commerce

    Nobody knows Magento like Ben Marks. The Magento ‘Evangelist’ has spent more than a decade developing open source commerce, and was one of the first Magento U instructors. Ben joined the company in 2011 after six years of Magento development and education at Blue Acorn, where he was employee number one. Since then, he’s been a proud representative of Magento and its vast ecosystem of talented developers. You can usually find Ben at home in Charleston, South Carolina, on a plane, or behind a drum kit.
  • Gerry McGowan

    Head of Shipping & Logistics, Magento Commerce

    Gerry joined Magento Commerce last summer. Previously, he worked for SunPower Corporation as VP of Logistics, and for GSI Commerce/eBay Enterprise, where he led Global Shipping, Logistics and Vendor Operations. Prior to joining GSI, he worked for UPS for 21 years, where he held various leadership positions in both Industrial Engineering and Operations. Currently he is responsible for the Magento Global Logistics Strategy. In addition to launching Magento Shipping this year, he is also developing best-in-class solutions and partnerships encompassing Carriers, Fulfillment, WMS, DropShipping, Returns, and Cross Border Trade.
  • Igor Miniailo

    Magento Architect, Magento Commerce

    Igor has worked for Magento for last six years. In that time, he has designed such functionalities as Magento 2 Search and Assync operations (for EE), and Catalog Inventory. At the beginning of 2017, he joined the four-person Community Engineering team at Magento. “If you want to be Open Source,” he says, “you have to keep the door open for the contributions and ideas of the community.” Today, Igor is working on the Multi Source Inventory (MSI) project, designed to provide multi stock support for Magento.
  • Robert Moore

    Head of Magento Business Intelligence, Magento Commerce

    Robert is the Head of Magento Business Intelligence at Magento Commerce and the Chairman of Stitch. He was previously Co-Founder and CEO of RJMetrics, a SaaS business intelligence company with the mission of inspiring and empowering data-driven people. RJMetrics was acquired by Magento Commerce in 2016. Robert’s writing about technology, startups, and data has appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and many other publications. Outside of the tech scene, Robert is an improv comedy performer at the Philly Improv Theater and a Trustee of the Glassboro Education Foundation, a nonprofit committed to supporting educational innovation in his hometown school district.
  • Matt Parkinson

    Managing Director, Gene Commerce

    Matt is the Founder and Managing Director of Gene Commerce, an eCommerce agency specializing in delivering high-performing Magento sites and software for clients worldwide. GENE believes the only way to ensure online success is for businesses to quickly adapt,change, and embrace innovation. GENE is the agency behind the Braintree extension for Magento 1, used by thousands of merchants worldwide and also Apple Pay extensions for both Magento 1 and Magento 2. The innovative and creative approach GENE has to its work has led to the development and ultimate acquisition by Magento of their BlueFootCMS system.
  • Craig Peasley

    Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Magento Commerce

    Craig leads product marketing for digital commerce, overseeing go-to-market strategies and execution for the core platform. He has worked for Magento Commerce for four years. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Craig has launched many new products and business lines across the small business-to-enterprise markets for leading companies including Yahoo, Shutterfly, Safeway, and Mattel.
  • Karen Pepper

    General Manager, UK, Amazon Pay

    Karen is the General Manager, UK, for Amazon Pay. She is responsible for leading Amazon’s payment services for third-party merchants including Amazon Pay and its associated value added services. Karen is a 15-year veteran of the payments and startup industries. Most recently she was Global Head of Alliance Banks at JP Morgan where she managed relationships with 22 banks across 41 markets. Karen has also held executive positions at American Express and her own multi-million pound startup in the health and fitness sector. Karen sits on the board of Hatch, a UK incubator for social enterprises and on the board of Tamar, an anti-human trafficking charity. She holds a MBA from the London Business School.
  • Brent Peterson

    Chief Magento Evangelist, Wagento

    Brent is the Chief Magento Evangelist and Agency Coach at Wagento.com, a Global Magento Enterprise solution partner. He is a Certified Magento Specialist and a 2x Magento Master. Brent has been involved in the Magento community and Magento forums since early 2009 and is passionate about customer experience. Brent loves to run, bike, and ski, in that order. He is often found at Magento events organizing running meetups with his wife, Susan.
  • Douglas Radburn

    Sr. Magento Developer, Pinpoint Designs

    Douglas is a Senior Magento Developer at the award-winning Pinpoint Designs based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Fuelled by tea, he has many years of experience in eCommerce and Magento. Douglas has architected solutions behind multi-national award-winning brands, and still finds time to co-organize two Magento user groups: @MagentoYork and @MagentoLeeds
  • Corentine Rivoire

    Strategic Account Manager,EMEA, Magento Commerce

    As a Strategic Account Manager, Corentine is dedicated to the success of our top European clients. With over five years working in eCommerce, she strives to be a valuable resource in helping customers be their most successful on Magento.
  • Sherrie Rohde

    Community Manager, Magento Commerce

    As the Community Manager for Magento, Sherrie connects people with resources and with each other. Sherrie was originally introduced to Magento as a developer for a merchant and, while an active community member and forum moderator, was able to experience working with the platform from a technology partner and solution integrator as well. She also co-produces a monthly broadcast for community professionals called #CMGRHangout. An ENFP, Sherrie is obsessed with innovation, terrified of status quo, and motivated by adventure.
  • Edward Scott-Finnigan

    eCommerce Manager, The Gro Company

    Edward has over 16 years of experience in eCommerce. He spent his early career in systems integration, and moved to Germany to head up international eCom sales for Europe’s largest online music retailer, Musikhaus Thomann. Edward is proud to lead eCommerce operations across Europe and Australia for The Gro Company, creators of the multi-million selling, multi-award winning baby sleep bag, Grobag. Edward and his team are currently focused on migrating to M2EE and later this year they will relaunch their eCom channel Gro-store.
  • Peter Sheldon

    VP of Strategy, Magento Commerce

    Peter is a well-known industry expert in eCommerce and omnichannel technology. Before joining Magento Commerce, he was Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research. There he spent five years leading the company’s global research on digital commerce technologies, and helping to challenge the thinking and lead change for eCommerce executives undertaking major digital transformation and commerce technology programs. Today, Peter leads corporate strategy and business development for Magento Commerce.
  • Guliz Sicotte

    Director of Product Design, Magento Commerce

    Guliz is the Director of Product Design for Magento Digital Commerce, Magento Commerce Order Management, Magento Business Intelligence, and Magento Marketplace products. She joined Magento Commerce from Volusion, where she spent many years leading UX design for commerce platforms, and building a large services division. Guliz has held several roles designing world-class products and services for Intel, Kronos, Dassault Systèmes, and many other software companies. She is passionate about designing user-friendly products and loves to enjoy the great outdoors with her family.
  • David Smallwood

    Head of Strategic Merchant Acquisition, PayPal UK

    David and his team are at the forefront of the digital payments revolution. He is dedicated to helping the UK’s largest and best known brands directly address the biggest challenges facing their businesses today. David knows that technology can transform customer engagement, deliver growth, protect against complex threats, and ensure relevance in a highly competitive, mobile-rich environment.
  • Riccardo Tempesta

    Senior Analyst & Software Architect, MageSpecialist

    A graduate of the class of 1979, Riccardo grew up on bread and computer science (he received his first PC as a gift at the age of six). Over time he became a developer with an exceptionally broad knowledge of the most disparate areas of the field. He has been with the Idealia Group since 2001 as a Founder and Technical Director. As the mainstay of the technical department for MageSpecialist, he is the Senior Analyst and Software Architect, Magento Specialist, Senior PHP Developer, and Technical Manager.
  • Eugene Tulika

    M2 Architect, Magento Commerce

    Eugene has been a part of Magento Commerce family for over six years. He started as an ECG consultant and extensions developer, and created part of the first Magento U training. Currently, he works as a Magento framework architect, focusing on key components including API, CLI, Composer integration, Cloud, and AMQP integration.
  • Allyson Van Houten

    Head of Partner Programs, MailChimp

    Allyson is the Head of Partner Programs at MailChimp. She and her team build and manage the tools that power MailChimp's new partner program. Allyson works with teams across the entire company—from research to development, customer support, and marketing—to create opportunities for partners to build their businesses by working with MailChimp. When she’s not herding cats around the office, you can find her reading books with her cats at home.
  • Eelco van Wijk

    CCO, JMango360

    Eelco has over 15 years of managerial and business development experience in the internet industry. He spent seven years as the General Manager of PayPal for the Benelux, building a strong team and making PayPal a household name in his region. As the CCO of JMango360, Eelco is responsible for commercial strategy and execution.
  • Josh Ward

    VP of Global Sales, Nexcess

    With experience in IT, marketing, and sales Josh plays a key leadership role in the web hosting industry. Currently the Vice President of Global Sales at Nexcess, Josh helps create secure, redundant, and scalable solutions for a diverse array of clients. Over the past three years Josh has built out a full sales team at Nexcess. He has been a key contributor to accelerating growth at Nexcess, consistently setting sales and client acquisition records. Josh is originally from southeast Texas and now lives in Brighton, Michigan. On the weekends, Josh enjoys avoiding yard work and spending quality time with his wife, Clesha, and their four kids who all call him "El Jefe.”
  • Nicholas Weber

    Sr. Consultant, Inviqa

    Nicholas is Senior Consultant for Inviqa UK Ltd, a Magento Enterprise Solution Partner and one of the few Magento 2 Trained Solution Partners. He helps clients plan and prioritise their digital strategies, and advises on how to leverage more from their digital investment to increase conversion rates and revenues. Previously, Nicholas worked as Head of eCommerce at Bidvest Foodservice, developing from scratch an eCommerce and digital marketing proposition for the £2 billion food wholesale distributor.
  • Brandon Wilkins

    General Manager – Europe, Oracle + Bronto

    Brandon is General Manager of Bronto Software – Europe. Bronto is a leading cloud-based commerce marketing automation platform provider, aimed at helping retailers optimize their marketing strategies. Brandon has nearly a decade of experience in the commerce marketing space, having worked with thousands of retailers on both sides of the Atlantic. He oversees all aspects of Bronto’s European operations, bringing experience and insight to the acquisition, engagement, and conversion of customers.
  • Stefan Willkommer

    CEO, TechDivision

    Stefan studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany. During this time, he started his entrepreneurship with several projects leading to the founding of TechDivision GmbH. The Magento Enterprise Partner, TechDivision, has become one of the leading companies in Europe for consulting, developing, and supporting Magento Enterprise solutions.
  • Marc Wiseler

    Head of Solutions Consulting, EMEA, Magento Commerce

    Marc has been with Magento for five years in several customer-facing positions. Today he runs the solutions consulting team across EMEA. Before Magento, Marc worked at Google, and at ebow, a digital agency based in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Mark Wood

    CTO, Graze

    Mark has spent his entire career working with eCommerce-orientated VC, PE, and larger scale organizations. In each of these companies he has dealt with different technologies, from bespoke in-house solutions to Magento, each with their own customer-focused challenges. Previously, he has spent time in technology leadership roles with O2, Betfair, LMAX, and GlassesDirect. Now, as CTO at Graze, he is leading their push to use technology and a unique customer proposition to drive the business forward.