World Retail Congress Global Series , Chairman
Ian has more than 30 years’ experience working within the UK and international retail sectors as a journalist, editor, and publisher and also as founder and director of the World Retail Congress. He helped launch leading UK trade publication Retail Week and developed a range of initiatives that have become key industry events, including the Retail Week Conference and the Retail Week Awards.
In 2007 he launched the World Retail Congress to serve the international retail market. From 2012-14 he joined the retail team at communications agency, Bell Pottinger, while continuing to advise the World Retail Congress. He re-joined the Congress in a full-time role as Chairman to oversee the content and strategic direction in January 2015. Ian has also been a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Arabia’s largest food retailer, Azizia Panda and is a Non-Executive Director of the International Omni Retailing Markets Association.