General Session Speakers


Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi
Girish Rishi, Chief Executive Officer, JDA Software
Girish Rishi is Chief Executive Officer of JDA Software. Rishi joined JDA in January 2017 from Tyco International, where he was responsible for the firm's global retail solutions business and North America building automation business, which had more than $4 billion in annual revenue. Prior to his role at Tyco, Rishi was senior vice president for the Enterprise division of Motorola Solutions where he transitioned the portfolio to new application frameworks that delivered a compelling user experience. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in early-stage, high growth companies, including at Symbol Technologies, where he led the EMEA theater. He serves as a board member of Digi International, is a member of the board of directors at UI Labs, and the board of regents at the University of Hartford. He holds a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Hartford and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mumbai.

Johan Smits
Johan Smits
Johan Smits, Director Global Planning, HEINEKEN
Moving from S&OP to IBP is fundamentally changing the way Heineken plans their business and helps them to get a grasp on complexity and volatility. It helps them deal with demand and supply making them more ready to respond to business challenges with scenarios and smart segmentation.  Moreover, Heineken is working to achieve value rather than volume in order to boost business performance, foster entrepreneurial behavior and to help beat the competition.

Johan Smits started his career working with a Strategy and Change Management consultancy, focused on supply chain transformations in FMGC. After that, he held various senior operational supply chain roles in the Dutch and International Export organization, also managing the E2E supply chain and planning/S&OP. Since 2011 he has been responsible for Heinekens’ global S&OP expansion and became the senior manager for Global Planning, part of the Global Customer Service and Logistics leadership team. Under his leadership, Heineken has moved up to global expansion of Integrated Business Planning, and high maturity across the globe.

Anita Arts
Anita Arts
Anita Arts, Managing Director Supply Chain, Liberty Global Operations B.V
A leader with 20+ global supply chain management experience in working effectively across multinational and multi-disciplined teams in the Cable/telecom, Automotive and Hi-tech Industry. Loves building high-performance teams trough Change Management, Global Supply Management, Strategic sourcing / contract negotiations, 3rd party vendor management. Very passionate about digital transformation, using analytics for decision making process with a successful track record in developing strategic plans, implementing planning and procurement systems, transformed planning & logistics process, negotiated global procurement contracts, implemented supplier resource from Europe to Asia in European production sites and direct management of manufacturing supply chain.

Andrew Jennings
Andrew Jennings
Andrew Jennings, Retail Executive
Andrew Jennings is a highly accomplished British senior retail executive with more than 45 years of achievement leading some of the world’s most respected high-end, speciality and department stores. These include Harrods (General Manager) and House of Fraser (Managing Director) UK, Brown Thomas (Deputy Chairman) Ireland, Holt Renfrew (President) Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue (President) USA, Woolworths (CEO) South Africa and Karstadt Group (CEO) Germany.

Recognised for his leadership capabilities and performance-driven management style, Andrew commands a vast knowledge of consumer trends, vendor networks and retail practices in both mature and emerging markets. He has distinguished himself in six countries and on four continents with his agility to translate traditional business models into modern retailing in an increasingly fast-paced world of change.

Having recently launched the next chapter of his international career as Senior Retail Advisor, Chairman and Board Member, Andrew is now permanently based in London working with retailers, private equity companies and consulting groups. These include Ted Baker PLC, Hema Europe, Alpha Wealth (SA) and Curzon movie business.

A respected voice for the retail industry, he is a sort-after speaker at conferences and forums on the subject of leadership, change and innovation.

Andrew is Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group. With a strong belief in the integral role that young people play in the retail field, he has a constant focus on the recognition and development of young talent affording them the opportunity to commence and progress their careers.

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