As the post-pandemic playbook takes shape, FN’s virtual CEO summit will bring together the most innovative leaders in footwear and fashion on June 9 and 10 to discuss the bold ideas that will drive business for the back half of 2021 and beyond.
Industry forces will open up about navigating a critical paradigm shift — characterized by erratic consumer behavior and explosive digital growth. Agility is key for every executive as they chart future strategies, while also addressing new complexities around diversity, sustainability, corporate culture and the future of the office.
“Showcasing the best minds in the business, the FN CEO Summit will offer a detailed look at how the industry’s smartest leaders and hottest brands are reshaping the footwear world,” said Michael Atmore, chief brand officer of Fairchild Media and editorial director of FN. “As we emerge from the radical disruption brought forth by the pandemic and assess an industry forever altered, the summit will offer a deep dive into the issues surrounding the road to recovery.”
Two executives leading the pack are Foot Locker chairman and CEO Dick Johnson and Deckers Brands’ president and CEO Dave Powers, who will each take the virtual stage to discuss how they’re driving new opportunity.
Zappos.com CEO Kedar Deshpande, who makes his FN Summit debut, will discuss the future of retail as digital dominates and the landscape becomes more competitive.
Brendan Hoffman, president at Wolverine World Wide, will sit down with brand partner John Legend to discuss the power of collaboration. Legend has been a global brand ambassador for Sperry since last year and is featured in its marketing campaigns and social media content. And now the pair is collaborating on a special collection.
Speaking of great partners, husband-wife duo Tommy Hilfiger and Dee Ocleppo-Hilfiger are at the center of the fashion conversation. The design legend, principal designer at Tommy Hilfiger, continues to innovative and evolve the his namesake brand, while his wife is quickly growing namesake made-in-Italy label and embarking on major international expansion.
Another critical topic that every speaker will tackle is diversity — and the steps companies must take to enact meaningful change inside their companies and within their communities in the years ahead.
Eric Wise, global GM of Adidas Basketball and co-executive sponsor for Adidas United Against Racism, will open up about the athletic giant’s D+I journey in the past year.
Summit sponsors include presenting sponsor PayPal and event sponsors FDRA, Riskified, SkyPad, Sperry and Two Ten.
More speakers will be announced in the coming days.