July 15 - 17, 2019
Hyatt Regency Austin, TX
GM Grocery and Wholesale, US eCommerce
Walmart.com & Jet.com
Carmela Cugini is the Vice President of Grocery, Wholesale and International at Jet.com. She joined Jet.com in April of 2016 after spending 18 years with PepsiCo and 5 years at Merrill Lynch. While at PepsiCo she held many positions ranging from general management, sales and operations, business development, revenue management, finance strategy, marketing and brand development. As a prior CPG Executive, she has a deep appreciation for creating win/win partnerships between the brand and retailer. This passion is one of the many reasons she joined the Jet team. With Jet’s vision in e-commerce and values of trust, transparency and fairness, Carmela and her team believe that developing strong brand partnerships is the foundation to delivering a best in class experience for the consumer which is a critical component to long term sustainable growth.
On a personal note, Carmela was born and raised in Columbus Ohio, completed her Bachelors in Pittsburgh PA and furthered her education at Carnegie Mellon and Harvard University. She loves spending time traveling, going to the spa, taking a long bicycle ride and believes family, friends, faith, humility and maintaining a great sense of humor are the keys to her success and happiness.
Chief Product Officer
Stacy Gordon is Chief Product Officer at HelloFresh, the global leader in meal kit delivery. In this role, she is responsible for building the product strategy, creating an innovation process and pipeline and driving the voice of the customer into all aspects of the HelloFresh business.
Prior to joining HelloFresh, Stacy was the Global CMO and Business Head, for LatentView Analytics, one of the largest and fastest growing data analytics firms. She was responsible for leading the strategic development and execution of global marketing strategy and had profit and loss responsibility for the Eastern half of the US with ownership of business development, delivery and client management.
Before joining LatentView, Stacy was SVP of products, licensing and publishing for Weight Watchers International, a $1.4 billion provider of global weight management services. In that role, she had profit and loss responsibility for five lines of business, including licensing, member products, self-published magazines and retail books, in aggregate representing about 20% of North American revenues. She oversaw more than 25 third party relationships, including licensees, manufacturers, publishers, and agencies. Her noteworthy accomplishments included the transformation of the retail business, which produced double digit increases in enrollments; restoring profitability to the Weight Watchers magazine; and leading the Company-wide innovation to elevate and integrate Fitness.
Stacy began her marketing career working for Kraft Foods/Nabisco. During her tenure, she worked on iconic brands including Milk-Bone, Cream of Wheat, Kraft Marshmallows, and Jello-O Pudding snacks.
Stacy earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from Colgate University. She serves on the board of Girls, Inc. of NYC, a non-profit that empowers girls to succeed and encourages them to be strong, smart and bold. She has served on the grants advisory committee of the New York Women's Foundation, a non-profit that gives grants to organizations focused on improving the lives of women and girls in New York City. She lives on the Upper West Side in Manhattan with her husband, two teenage boys and her rescue dog, Piper.
Deputy Business Editor and Food Reporter
Venessa Wong is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Wong covers the food industry.
Chief Revenue Officer
Richard DeNardis, Chief Revenue Officer at Home Chef, has been a driving force behind Home Chef’s industry-leading growth over the past few years. Rich joined Home Chef in 2015 with a decade of private equity and investment banking experience working for companies including Lake Capital, GTCR Golder Rauner and Morgan Stanley. He currently oversees marketing, business partnerships, retail channel sales and web/mobile products at Home Chef. Rich completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and received an MBA for the Harvard Business School.
Chief Marketing Officer
Jackson Jeyanayagam is currently Chief Marketing Officer for Boxed.com, leading all marketing efforts for the fast-growing e-commerce start-up. Previously, Jackson was Head of Digital for Chipotle responsible for leading all digital marketing efforts including mobile, content, social media, CRM and analytics.
In his prior role, Jackson was SVP, Digital Strategy at Taylor where he built and oversaw the digital marketing practice group and supported a number of brands including Diageo, P&G, Nestle, Jordan Brand, NASCAR, Starwood, 3M and Capital One. Before Taylor, Jackson was a Director at Citizen Paine where he led social media integration and influencer marketing for Old Spice as well as Dentyne, working closely with each brand team and their collective agencies to create and implement through the line campaigns.
Jackson started his career at Waggener Edstrom working with clients such as Microsoft and T-Mobile. Personally, Jackson serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Oregon Alumni Association as well as the Arts & Business Council of New York. He is also on the Advisory Board for Dynamic Signal and DriverMiles.
JR Badian, Chief Marketing Officer JR joined Chef’d as its first CMO. He’s a senior marketing executive who oversaw MasterCard’s US Digital Marketing for five years and managed their US Digital Marketing team. JR has created and executed effective digital and social marketing campaign approaches for brands that revolve around the consumer which have been shared and published by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). JR has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior from Columbia, an MBA from Babson College where he was the Douglass Prize winner, and has an undergrad business degree in both finance and marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana Univ.
Vice President - General Manager eCommerce
The Coca Cola Company
John is a proven Senior Executive and Board Member with 30 years of success in consumer packaged goods (CPG), food & beverage, FMCG, packaging, and manufacturing.
In his executive career, John has held leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company; Coca-Cola Refreshments; Coca-Cola North America; and Procter & Gamble (P&G). He is VP and general manager of the Coca-Cola North America eCommerce group, leading the development and overall management of the eCommerce vision and roadmap, including commercial and marketing strategies, customer development, and new business models.
He was responsible for over $1.5B revenue and P&L, leading a sales, marketing, franchise, and field execution team of more than 100 professionals for 8 of the company’s top 25 global customers – growing profit over $100M in 4 years. As VP of bottler planning and operations, John directed business planning and franchise relationships, for Coca-Cola Enterprises – he was part of one of the largest vertical integrations in U.S. business history, and establishing the world’s largest beverage operating company Coca-Cola Refreshments. John led the organizational design and development of a company’s shopper insights and marketing group, driving the company’s customer marketing and shopper insight position from #10 to #5 (Cannondale) in 18 months. In separate scenarios, John developed an integrated global advertising campaign named in the yearly Top 10 new brand launches by Ad Age; and developed and implemented new segmented growth plan the in drug and value channels giving double-digit revenue and profit growth YOY for 5 years – strengthening strategic customer relationships with robust shopper card analysis, digital marketing, and trade spend. He is a passionate leader who inspires teams to exceptional performance.
John obtained a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Florida State University; and a Certificate in Advanced Financial Management from Emory University. He has served on boards and advisory councils, including for LPGA Legends Golf Tour, and previously National Association of Chain Drug Stores Retail Advisory Council.
Vice President eCommerce
Tim is responsible for driving Tyson Foods online sales and share through visionary leadership, operational execution, business strategy development, and outstanding collaboration with trading partners and agencies. Tim is leading eCommerce through the development of new capabilities and new business models across Tyson’s Retail and Foodservice businesses.
Tim began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1997 as a Sales Account Manager. Throughout his 17 years at P&G, his experience included key customer account management, including Walmart and Sam’s Club, headquarter market strategy and planning, brand management, and eCommerce. In 2009, he established the P&G eCommerce relationship with Walmart, earning three Supplier of the Year awards from Walmart.
Tim joined SC Johnson & Son in May 2014, as the Director of eCommerce, North America, and a year later expanded responsibility as the Director of Global eCommerce. Tim was responsible for developing the eCommerce strategies, capabilities and infrastructure across the entire portfolio of SCJ products and markets.
In August 2016, Tim joined Tyson Foods as the Vice President of eCommerce.
Tim holds a BS from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. He resides in Winnetka, IL.
VP of Our Brands
Gil leads branding, strategy, innovation and product development for the Our Brands portfolio with annual sales in excess of $20 billion. A period of unprecedented Our Brands growth has been fueled by advances in brand building, the introduction of new brands, new product development and reformulations, with an eye on emerging food trends and innovation. Gil joined Kroger in August 2012, as vice president of Our Brands. Prior to Kroger, he was at H-E-B, where he was the leader of the Own Brand department. Gil also has experience as a CPG brand manager and product development specialist at Hormel Foods, Michael Angelo’s and Guiltless Gourmet. Gil received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in English and Philosophy. In 2015, Supermarket News recognized Gil as one of the Top Disruptors in the industry.
The Wall Street Journal
Heather Haddon covers food retail and policy in The Wall Street Journal's Chicago bureau with a focus on the grocery business. Ms. Haddon previously covered politics and New Jersey affairs in the Journal's New York office. She was on the campaign trail with the 2016 Republican presidential field.
VP of Clicklist
Matt is responsible for the
growth of ClickList, Kroger’s online ordering platform, including sales,
customer satisfaction, profitability, and expansion of curbside locations and
delivery. Matt began his career with Kroger in 2011 as e-commerce
manager at the corporate office before being promoted to director of digital and
e-commerce in 2012. Prior to joining the company, Matt spent several years
with Sears Holdings as the online general manager. He led online merchandising,
marketing, user experience, and content and product management in support of
the online home appliances business. Prior to Sears, Matt worked at IBM,
leading web sales and programs within ibm.com for a number of different
hardware and services offerings. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the
University of Southern California.
Head of Global eCommerce Sales & Marketing
I'm leading the build-out of a fast, lean, data-driven eCommerce team, pairing disruptive growth tactics with the power of Kraft Heinz legendary brands. Under my leadership, we've accelerated growth more than any benchmark competitor, sustainably, profitably, and while building the platform to support future scale.
Director of Experience Strategy & Design, Retail Business Services
Ahold Delhaize USA
SVP Brand Partnerships
Michelle Harmon-Madsen is senior vice president, brand partnerships and sponsorship for FreshDirect leading all shopper marketing efforts across the FreshDirect experience to connect brands with the company’s massive base of highly engaged online shoppers. Previously, Michelle was vice president, director of global strategy and partnerships for MediaVest. In that role, she developed entertainment properties for Procter & Gamble Entertainment, working closely with producers and content creators, and led sponsorship and business development for the People’s Choice Awards. Prior to MediaVest, Michelle was vice president of branded entertainment for 19 Entertainment where she led branded entertainment and sponsorship for American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Michelle is a Board Director for the She Runs It (formerly Advertising Women of New York) and on Penn State University’s Alumni Council.
Senior Director, Peapod Interactive
Linda is responsible for the development and optimization of strategic partnerships for Peapod, the internet grocery chain of Ahold-Delhaize. She leads the Peapod Preferred Partners program which develops shopper marketing strategies and programs targeted for the eCommerce grocery business.
Prior to joining Peapod, Linda worked at S.C. Johnson as Director of Shopper Marketing where she led the creation of the national shopper marketing division for that company. In addition, Linda worked for Kraft Foods where she advanced through various roles of increasing responsibility including leadership of North American Promotions, Collaborative Customer Marketing and Multicultural Marketing.
Linda has an undergraduate degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and received an MBA from Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University.
Editor and Reporter
is the senior editor for Food Dive in Washington, D.C., where he covers the
food and grocery industries, with a special focus on mergers and acquisitions,
shifting consumer tastes and buying patterns, regulations and other topics.
Previously, he reported on food and agriculture for Reuters and USA Today in
Washington, with coverage of recalls, the Food Safety Modernization Act, trade
and GMO labeling. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University
of Missouri-Columbia. When he's not working for Food Dive, Christopher can be
found running, swimming and spending time with his wife and young son.
VP of eCommerce + Digital
Wayne Duan is Constellation’s Vice President of E-Commerce and has responsibility across both the Beer and Wine & Spirits divisions for driving the E-Commerce growth agenda. This includes strengthening and aligning both E-Commerce resources, strategies and investments to further propel Constellation’s leadership position in the Total Beverage Alcohol (TBA) marketplace. His team oversees Constellation’s E-Commerce activities in sales, category management, marketing, strategy, business development and digital shelf catalog management.
Wayne joined Constellation in 2017 from Walgreens where he held various digital and E-Commerce roles. Previously he was the General Manager for Walgreens Digital Commerce (Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com and VisionDirect.com) where he led the Retail Products Merchandising and Merchandising Operations teams overseeing all aspects of pricing, promotions, assortment, visual merchandising and digitally-influenced sales strategies. In addition, Wayne was directly involved in planning, leading and executing various strategic omnichannel and digital marketing initiatives for Walgreens including same-day delivery and auto-reorder-and-save. Prior to Walgreens, Wayne was a management consulting professional advising clients in the apparel retail, consumer packaged goods, financial services and insurance industries.
Wayne earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Vice President of Digital Experience
Stephen Koven is the vice president of digital experience at Hormel Foods. In this position, he leads the company’s digital experience group, which oversees for the global enterprise digital marketing, shopper engagement, digital strategy and innovation, and digital data analytics and insights. Koven has extensive digital, marketing, sales and brand management experience from companies including The Clorox Company and The Dial Corporation (Henkel). He also spent time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Accenture. Koven received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. His Master of Business Administration is from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with concentrations in Marketing, Management and Strategy, and Technology Industry Management.
Vice President & Head of eCommerce
Acelerada at Grupo Bimbo/Bimbo Bakeries
Omar has 18+ years of increasing responsibility in eCommerce and Digital. He leads eCommerce at Acelerada, a newly created stand-alone business unit of Bimbo Bakeries/Grupo Bimbo (the world’s largest baking goods company with iconic brands like Sara Lee, Thomas' English Muffins, Entenmann's and Ball Park) dedicated to breakthrough product and process innovation and eCommerce. Immediately prior to joining Bimbo, Omar headed the Global eCommerce function at Colgate Palmolive. At Colgate, Omar started the eCommerce business and was responsible for Colgate’s eCommerce strategy & execution in all markets Colgate operates in and across all product categories. Omar has a BS from Syracuse University and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and is a General Management alumni of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Head of Social
Mallorie Rosenbluth is head of Social Media and Influencer Marketing at Grubhub. With a decade of in-house agency experience, she is responsible for the social media and influencer efforts of the Grubhub and Seamless brands. Prior to joining Grubhub, Mallorie worked for Wegman’s Food Markets and then transitioned to Likeable Media where she held a variety of roles over her 5+ year tenure, including Senior Vice President of Client Services. In 2015, Mallorie made the move back brand-side as Baked by Melissa’s Brand Director before joining Grubhub. Mallorie has spoken at dozens of social media and marketing conferences around the country, was a 2011 recipient of the Social Media Society’s Social Media Star Award and was named a 2014 Rising Social Media Star by Schaefer Marketing Solutions.
Staff writer covering all things food and drink. Previously occupied the investing/personal finance beat. Before joining Forbes in 2013, I worked with TODAY show financial editor Jean Chatzky.
Global Director, eCommerce Capability
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Head of Growth
Giorgia Rossi is the Head of Growth for MealPal, a company with the mission help people eat intelligently. The MealPal subscription service provides members with affordable daily lunch options from thousands of restaurants in 4 countries. In her role, Giorgia overseas new market expansion in the USA and also developing the local market strategy for MealPal’s 10 North American markets. Prior to MealPal, Giorgia Co-Founded NYC based LookBooker a salon and spa marketplace and worked as a management consultant in Sydney, Australia for McKinsey & Company. Giorgia is passionate about seeing small businesses succeed and is on a mission to eliminate the lunch line!
Head of Merchandising Marketing
Kerrie Lopez is the Head of Merchandising Marketing for Thrive Market, leading all shopper marketing efforts to connect brands with the company's highly engaged members. Kerrie previously worked as a category lead for the fresh business at Jet.com, focused on dairy, beverage, and cross-category initiatives such as managing the artisanal and local food assortment. She was also part of the original team to bring Jet's first private brand to market. Prior to joining Jet, Kerrie managed makeup and private brands at Birchbox, strategically sourcing samples for the monthly beauty subscription box, negotiating full-size product for the rapidly growing e-commerce site, and overseeing marketing plans for beauty powerhouses like LVMH and The Estée Lauder Companies. She started her career in subscription marketing at Time Inc. Kerrie currently resides in LA with her husband and dog — and she is excited to bring her passion for e-commerce and healthy living to this year's Digital Food & Beverage Conference!
VP, Brand Marketing
Brian Irwin, Senior Director Brand Marketing at Home Chef, is responsible for all of Home Chef's marketing content--paid, owned and earned. His priority is to identify and tell brand stories, which are focused on the Home Chef customer and making their lives easier, and more enjoyable in the kitchen. He collaborates closely with an in-house team of designers, copywriters, social media managers and public relations experts to bring these stories to life. Brian joined Home Chef after 10 years leading various marketing and menu development initiatives for McDonald's. He has a BA from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He and his wife have three young kids and he loves running marathons.
Director of Culinary
Paulina Boonman is the Director of Culinary at Home Chef. Prior to joining the team, she was a forensic accountant at PwC in New York. She left to attend culinary school and pursue a career in food and has worked to bring together both her culinary background and financial acumen into her role at Home Chef. Her goal is to create delicious, easy to execute menus that teach customers new techniques. Paulina holds a BA from The Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My mission is to share my unique approach, diverse skills, relentless drive and fearlessness of failure to help those I interact with grow and develop, solve complex problems and put a dent in the universe.
I am creative, analytic problem solver with a proven track record in operations and data analysis as well as a passion for processes improvement and project management.
I have a Six Sigma Green Belt and am primarily interested in early stage startups.
Hain Celestial Group
Nicole Vinson serves as Director, eCommerce for The Hain Celestial Group, where she focus’ on building eCommerce marketing capabilities for the organization. Nicole has a proven track record of strategizing end-to-end brand commerce solutions that accelerate the path to purchase and grow category and brand share and sales.
Prior to joining Hain, Nicole was a key player in the launch and year over year growth of The Integer Groups Digitail® eCommerce center of excellence and agency-wide practice. Nicole drove go-to-market eCommerce strategy and implementation for the first P&G brands—Pampers and Gillette—at Amazon. Nicole has continued to pioneer eCommerce for clients including P&G's portfolio of brands, Kellogg's, Acuvue, Mars/Wrigley, Starbucks, and Hallmark, among many others.
Nicole has focused her entire advertising and marketing career in digital. As an industry expert and speaker on commerce in the context of PurePlay and Click-and-Mortar omni-channel shopping experiences, Nicole shares her knowledge and experience via leadership forums, published white papers and POVs, conferences, and webinars.
Vice President Sales and Operations
Gregg Tilston is Vice President of Sales and Operations with IronGate.Wine, an online retailer selling investment grade, vintage wine. Gregg is a technology industry veteran having spent seven years as a global leader with Flight Centre Travel Group (ASX: FLT) as well as holding senior leadership roles with eComm, platform, and mobile application startups. Gregg has leveraged his experience in catering luxury products to a discerning, online clientele to launch IronGate.Wine; a highly personalized, yet simple, fraud-free experience not previously seen in the retail wine industry.
National Account Manager, E-Commerce
Alison has been working in the ecommerce space since 2010. From working at Amazon on the Grocery team, to working as an ecommerce consultant for numerous CPG brands, and now managing a large portion of the ecommerce business at Monster Energy, Alison is well versed in ecommerce. Her favorite part about ecommerce sales is the unlimited shelf space and rapidly changing environment. Her least favorite part of ecommerce is the price matching and price disruption in the marketplace. In her free time, Alison enjoys being outdoors, playing her with dog, and perfecting her wine tasting skills.
Senior E-Commerce Director
Lowes Foods, LLC
Mr. Petersen is an eCommerce and omni-channel marketing professional with 18 years of experience leading organizations focused on enterprise-class digital innovation. His passion is building “intrapreneurial” teams that use class-leading technology to develop exceptional omni-channel shopping experiences for their customers.
Chad currently leads the eCommerce and omnichannel business units for Lowes Foods, LLC, a super-regional grocer operating stores throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. His organization is responsible for the digital guest experience, omnichannel innovation projects, and in-store operations (fulfillment, delivery, logistics, and related infrastructure) that supports their well-known “Lowes Foods To Go” online grocery and catering services.
Sr. Manager for Digital Content and Social Media
Anna is a content marketing enthusiast and passionate digital practitioner with over 8 years’ experience leading brands through this exciting, ever-evolving and multi-faceted space. She has extensive experience in helping brands build and deploy leading-edge social strategies, rich content marketing initiatives and all facets of digital storytelling across paid, owned, earned, and eCommerce channels. She has worked for some truly iconic brands – both nationally and globally - such as Sony, Melissa & Doug, Sun Products Corp – and now manages digital content (including eCommerce) and social media for Pepperidge Farm across all brands – including Goldfish crackers and Milano cookies.
Prior to pivoting to the digital space, Anna spent the beginning of her career in corporate communications for global consulting firm, Willis Towers Watson. She holds a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University, and B.A. from Loyola University, Maryland. A New Jersey native, she now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.
Global Director, eCommerce & Digital Marketing
Campbell Soup Company
Jie Cheng is the Global Director, eCommerce and Digital Marketing at Campbell Soup Company, where she leads eCommerce for Pepperidge Farm business. In her role, Jie also oversees Campbell China eCommerce business and leads digital strategy for Campbell’s global brands that includes household names such as Goldfish, Tim Tam, Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk, etc.
Jie is a well-regarded digital leader who, during her 10+ years digital journey, left digital footprints for many iconic brands in the global markets. Prior to joining Campbell in 2015, Jie was the Head of Digital Marketing, International Markets at The Hershey Company. When at Hershey, Jie and her team led the transformation of global marketers to “market in a digital world” via continuous trainings & capability building. She also partnered with in-market teams and brought a number of innovative digital & eCommerce programs to fruition for Hershey’s, Kisses, Reese’s, Brookside, Ice Breakers, Jolly Rancher, etc.
Previously, Jie also worked at Danone North America where she led the digital strategy and campaign for Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt launch in 2011.
Jie earned her B.A. degree in English language and literature from Wuhan University in Wuhan, China, and her M.B.A. degree from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, in Arizona.
Head of Innovation
Corbin leads development and application of market-facing digital innovation strategies at Meredith Corporation across numerous brands including Allrecipes, People Magazine, MarthaStewart, Better Home & Gardens, Food & Wine and Health. Working with Meredith clients and partner agencies across a wide range of industries including CPG, manufac