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Robin Lewis

Chairman of Advisory Board and Executive Committee

Most recently, as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, Robin Lewis headed up its retail consulting subsidiary, providing clients with strategic information and consulting on all sectors of retailing worldwide.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was Vice President and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily, where he researched and authored numerous feature articles spanning a broad range of subjects including globalization, strategic brand positioning, distribution and logistics, productivity and innovation and customer relationship management, all focusing on the retail industry. He originated and led Fairchild’s Strategic Information Services and the WWD CEO Summit series.

His tenure at WWD led him to launch his consulting business where he authored and published the monthly ROBIN REPORTS, a strategic report on retailing. During this period, his strategic understanding and insights regarding the retail and related vendor industries, communicated through his keynote presentations as well as through frequent meetings with literally every major ‘C’ and senior level executive in the industry, established his reputation as a highly respected knowledge leader.

Because of his unique insights he has been requested, throughout his career, by many of the industry’s CEO’s and other C-level executives for advice, consultation and strategic presentations: among them were Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Liz Claiborne, VF Corp., Charming Shoppes, Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Sara Lee, and financial firms such as Bear Stearns and The Carlyle Group. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, teaching a course titled: “The End of Retailing,” which is also the title of a book he co-authored with Michael Dart.

Earlier in his career he held executive positions in strategic planning, business development and brand and marketing management at DuPont, VF Corporation and Grey Advertising. Throughout his career he has delivered keynote presentations to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and academia, and is often quoted in various trade and consumer publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, Time Magazine, the Chicago Sun Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Brand Week and Advertising Age. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, and on the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Mr. Lewis holds a BS in Business Administration and a Special Field of Study in Journalism from Northwestern University.

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