SPEAKERS

Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler joined Kering as the Director of Sustainability Operations in September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served 6 years at SAP in Senior Management positions including his last role as Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy for 3 years, and has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years.

 

During his tenure at Kering, Michael has been integral to operationalizing Kering’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. He oversees and manages a team to implement cross-cutting innovative approaches to help manage and reduce the environmental impacts from Kering’s Houses and address social concerns in the supply-chain. This includes being responsible for implementing the brand’s individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts (EP&L) which is then consolidated as a Group EP&L annually, and as a core part of the EP&L methodology development which was open-sourced in May of 2015. His team has been instrumental in embedding sustainability across all of the Group's Houses and making it a key part of their business activities, as well as for being recognized by external rating agencies and publications for Kering’s sustainability program excellence.

Alexis Bonhomme

Alexis Bonhomme is Vice President Greater China and Asia Pacific at Farfetch, responsible for the company’s commercial growth in the region.

 

Prior to Farfetch, Alexis joined the joint venture between Groupon and Tencent in 2011 where he acted as General Manager in charge of Premium brands, handling brands cooperation among Groupon China 40+ cities. Moving in 2013 to an entrepreneurial journey, Alexis founded CuriosityChina, helping luxury brands to reach and manage their Chinese customers via integrated marketing and Social CRM/Commerce solutions. Alexis established a business of 100 talents, that served as a bridge between high level digital services and technology, working with over hundred international brands from Fashion, lifestyle, Watches & Jewelry and retail industries.

Following the acquisition of CuriosityChina by Farfetch in 2018, Alexis is now leading Farfetch growth efforts in the China and Apac region and the expansion of Farfetch facing the global Chinese luxury consumer. Alexis is based in Shanghai.

Wendy Chan

Wendy Chan, SVP Digital, LVMH Asia Pacific, is currently based in Shanghai, managing the Asia digital transformation and strategy team for the LVMH Group. She joined LVMH in 2003 as the Regional Media Director for Asia Pacific and then moved to L Catterton Asia (Private Equity of LVMH) in Singapore subsequently.  She has started the LVMH Digital Asia department in April 2017. Graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hawaii, Wendy started her career in media and advertising in various agencies in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

LVMH Digital exists to aid LVMH Maisons in transitioning to serve our connected customers. Three objectives in LVMH digital transformations, include eradicating digital as a silo, digitally enabling the functions and elevating the role of technology within the business. To achieve these, we laser focus on growth in e-business, strengthen our partnership with key digital and technology companies, as well as build up program to nurture the nascent community of digital talent in our ecosystem.

Xiaolei Gu

Xiaolei Gu is the Innovation Director of Fabernovel Asia. She is an expert in Chinese consumers, new retail, e-commerce, and social media channels for the luxury and beauty industries. She has run 40+ projects ranging from digital transformation, strategic advisory, consulting, studies, upskilling, and learning expeditions. Xiaolei led Fabernovel’s China-centric publications including Chinese Overseas Residents, Chinese Generation Z, and WeChat, the Shape of Connected China.

Divia Harilela

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Divia Harilela has worked in the lifestyle and fashion media for over 20 years. Most recently she served as the fashion editor for Hong Kong's leading English language newspaper, The South China Morning Post, where she remains a contributing editor. She also writes for a range of high-profile publications and websites including Business of Fashion, Vogue China, Howtospendit.com and Departures, among many others. A leading authority on fashion in Asia, she has been quoted in The Times of London and The International Herald Tribune, and has appeared on CNN International. In 2011 she founded her own consultancy, The D’Vine Ltd, offering services such as moderating, public speaking, content creation and strategy.

Bruno Lannes

Bruno Lannes is a senior partner in Bain & Company's Shanghai office.


In over 20 years of strategy consulting experience, especially in Consumer Goods and Retail industries, he led numerous projects across FMCG in food, personal care and beverage sectors, as well as in food and non food retailing, on various topics such as growth strategy, M&A and post-merger integration, sales & distribution optimization and brand strategy. He initiated and is leading Bain’s annual China Shopper Report and China Luxury Market Study which is a reference in the industry.

 

Mr. Lannes is the author of a book on management excellence, which describes the key success factors of 10 large French corporations. He has published numerous articles on China consumer product, retail and luxury topics in key business media such as Harvard Business Review China, Wall Street Journal Asia, BusinessWeek, Forbes China, South China Morning Post. He is a frequent speaker at high-level business summits.


Mr. Lannes is a recipient of Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award which is presented annually, by the Shanghai Municipal Government, to expatriates who have significantly contributed to Shanghai's economic and social development.


Mr. Lannes earned an MBA with Distinction from the Wharton School, and is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris.

Yvon Le Renard

Yvon is Partner & Managing Director  of Clever Age Asia. He joined Clever Age in 2014 when he started Clever Age Asia, which began with Hong Kong, and then expanded to Singapore, Vietnam and Shanghai. Clever Age was founded 20 years ago in France as a leading full digital services agency covering the entire digital chain. Moreover, Clever Age has a presence across Europe, Asia and North America.

 

With 23 years in Asia, Yvon has worked in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and the Greater China region, which has enabled him to gain a broad understanding of the complexity of the Asian digital ecosystem.

 

Yvon graduated from CY TECH Engineering school with a Masters Degree in Computer Science, complemented with a dual Kellogg-HKUST EMBA from Kellogg School of Management (US) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong).

 

Yvon is a founding member of the Digital Innovation Committee of Hong Kong’s French Chamber of Commerce and he is a regular speaker at various events across Asia.

 

Nowadays, Yvon is based in Hong Kong.

Sophie Leconte

Sophie Leconte is the Executive Director of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong. She first joined the Chamber as Head of Members Services in June 2017 before taking on her current role in 2018.

She has lived and worked in Asia for 20 years with a professional background in business development and client relations.

Kim Leitzes

Kim Leitzes — Managing Director of APAC at Launchmetrics — is defining how the Fashion, Luxury and Beauty (FLB) executives understand and leverage influencers within the Chinese and greater APAC markets.

Prior to Launchmetrics, Kim was the CEO & Founder of PARKLU (acquired by Launchmetrics in 2020). PARKLU is the premier influencer analytics platform in China that empowers brands to make data-driven decisions about their influencer marketing strategies. PARKLU’s network includes over 100,000 influencers ⁠— known locally as Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs); its clients use its self-service analytics, influencer relationship management tools and value-added insights to benchmark, plan and monitor campaigns across China’s major social platforms. Previous to her founding PARKLU, Kim held roles as an investment banker, strategy executive and consumer & retail analyst in New York, where she accumulated her analytical and industry knowledge, having worked for the Fashion and Retail categories for over 5+ years. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Alain Li

As Regional Chief Executive, Asia Pacific of Richemont, Alain is responsible for overseeing and cultivating the presence and development of some of the world's most coveted luxury brands in the region.

 

The 60-year-old French national has a wealth of experience in business development and international finance, gained through a series of top positions at various multinational corporations across Europe, Africa and the Far East.  More significantly, his specialty throughout his career to date has been in distributing lifestyle products to mature as well as emerging markets.

 

Alain holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Accountancy from City University of London, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Martin Moodie

Martin Moodie is The Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Davitt Report, the world’s leading B2B information source on the global travel retail sector.

 

Martin launched what was then The Moodie Report in 2002, the first digital disruptor to the legacy print-based publishing model of the time. In less than three years it was the sector leader. He also conceived The Trinity Forum, the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, and in 2020 the pioneering Virtual Travel Retail Expo.

 

A New Zealander, now based out of Hong Kong, Martin has been involved in the travel retail and publishing sectors for 34 years.

 

Today The Moodie Davitt Report ranks as one of the world’s most successful business-to-business multimedia titles, enjoying widespread respect all around the globe. It has embraced the digital age with zeal and is synonymous with innovative, immediate and highly visual coverage of major industry developments. In 2017 Martin received the Frontier Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

Stephen Phillips

Mr Stephen Phillips is the Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the Government Department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong.


In a career focused on Asia for more than thirty years, Mr Phillips first moved to Hong Kong in 1989 holding senior investment banking positions with Deutsche and BZW/Barclays Capital before co-founding a Hong Kong-based group of companies providing IT, financial and consultancy services across Asia. In 2004, he joined the UK’s Department of International Trade before becoming the Chief Executive of the China Britain Business Council in 2006, as well as Chairman of the EU China Business Association.


Mr Phillips holds a BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Exeter.

Maxime Pruvost

Maxime Pruvost is Founder and Managing Director of BEE Retail, a one stop solution for sustainable and responsible retail spaces. With a solid sustainable construction background and over 10 years experience developing retail concepts, Maxime has acquired the skills and experience to make BEE Retail the leader in sustainable retail design and construction.

Erwan Rambourg

Erwan Rambourg has been a top-ranked analyst covering the luxury and sporting goods sectors for fifteen years. He has notably held senior management positions in LVMH and Richemont.

 

He regularly contributes to the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CNBC and Bloomberg, and has guest lectured at top universities in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the author of The Bling Dynasty: Why The Reign of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Has Only Just Begun (Sept 2014) and Future Luxe: What’s Ahead for the Business of Luxury (Sept 2020). After six years in Asia, Rambourg now lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Rebecca Silli

Rebecca is a Partner at Tiang & Partners (an independent law firm in Hong Kong that collaborates closely with PwC). She has more than 20 years of experience as lawyer in Asia in projects/infrastructure and corporate/M&A, advising in particular multinational corporations in Hong Kong, China and South East Asia on the establishment of joint ventures and cross-border M&A transactions in a wide range of sectors, including retail and luxury. Prior to joining Tiang & Partners, Rebecca was a Partner at global legal and consulting firm MinterEllison in Hong Kong. She also worked for a prior international law firm in Paris, Beijing and Hong Kong. She is qualified to practice in Hong Kong and France.

 

Rebecca was the former President of the French Chamber of Commerce from 2016 until 2020, and is a French Trade Advisor (Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France) since 2012.

Thibault Villet

Thibault Villet is President of APAC for Tory Burch. He joined the Company in December 2020 and oversees all aspects of the brand’s operations in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

An accomplished executive with extensive retail and digital experience, Mr. Villet joined Tory Burch from One in Beauty, the entity combining the Revlon and Arden brands, where he served as Asia President and spearheaded the digital transformation of the brand in the region. Before that, he was Chairman and Co-Founder of Mei.com, a leading Chinese luxury and fashion flash sales retailer that was acquired by Alibaba in July 2015. Earlier in his career, he was the first Greater China President at Coach and Vice President of the Luxury Products Division for the L’Oreal Group in Japan and in China.

 

A member of the Retail Committee of French Founders Asia and YPO North Asia, Mr. Villet serves as a mentor, investor and advisor to several tech start-ups in Asia. In 2015, he received the Shanghai Magnolia Award, which honors expatriots for their contributions to the city. He holds an MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management.

Jean-Laurent Vilon

Jean-Laurent Vilon is Managing Director Asia Pacific of Mazarine. He has over 20 years experience in building international digital and event agencies.

 

Jean-Laurent created and managed two digital agencies in the USA, one digital/mobile agency in Asia, one luxury communication agency in China and Asia Pacific. Currently, he is managing and developing large international client base including Fortune 500 Companies.

 

He has experience with international luxury brands such as LVMH, Kering Group, Richemont, L’Oreal. Jean-Laurent is multilingual and has a strong international profile, having lived and worked in China, USA, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia. 

Frederic Winckler

Mr. Frederic Jean-Marie Winckler is Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s Executive Vice President and Chief Creative and Brand Officer. He joined the Company in January 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Brand Officer. Mr. Winckler is responsible for the marketing and branding of all of the Company’s consumer brands. Prior to joining Melco, Mr. Winckler served as global chief marketing officer for Louis Vuitton based in Paris. Mr. Winckler was awarded the Luxury Marketer of the Year in 2014. Prior to Louis Vuitton, Mr. Winckler served as Chief Executive Officer of J. Walter Thompson Paris, having been with that organization for 22 years to lead its efforts in various countries for key luxury brand clients, including BMW and Rolex.

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