Happy New Year! We are pleased to start 2016 by announcing that the opening keynote for this year’s Kent Vision LIVE will be Chas Howes, former CFO of British retail sensation SuperDry.
Chas Howes served as Chief Financial Officer of SuperGroup, the company behind the phenomenally successful clothing and retail brand, SuperDry. Chas played a key role in growing the company from a handful of stores to over 200 outlets, increasing turnover from £41million to £314million and steering it through a troubled flotation on the London stock market.
Prior to SuperGroup, Chas worked in various finance and strategy roles within the brewing and drinks sector, for established industry giants such as Fosters Group, Allied Domeq and Diageo – which made it all the more challenging to join the entrepreneurial chaos of the SuperDry team.
In his opening keynote at Kent Vision LIVE, Chas will speak about the SuperDry brand, the dynamic company culture that helped it to become a leading international player in the fashion industry and the many challenges of being the ‘sensible one’ in a rapidly evolving business: from modest beginnings in Cheltenham to stores in over 40 countries across Europe, the US, South America and Asia. He will share his insights into all aspects of the business, including its unique blend of modern-Japanese and retro-American style and its innovative strategy of targeting university cities, as well as its unconventional approach to advertising, celebrity endorsements and holding sales (they generally don’t do any of them).
Reserve your FREE place now to get the full story from Chas on 11th May 2016, kicking off our extensive programme of free keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities.
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For information about exhibiting or participating at Kent Vision LIVE on 11th May 2016, call Emily Taylor, Gemma Evans or Freddie Rawley at Revolution Events on 01892-820930.
Kent 2020 Vision Start-Up LIVE and Kent 2020 Vision Marketing LIVE are brought to you by Revolution Events in partnerhship with Kent County Council, KM Group and the Kent Event Centre, and expert marketing support from Zoodikers Consulting and Lavender Blue Media.