Date: 24 January 2019
Time: 17:30 for 18:00 - 19:30
Venue: Exhibition Hall, UCT GSB, 9 Portswood Road, Green Point
Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group
In conversation with
Head of Department - Marketing, South African Airways
Andrew Jennings is a global retail executive with four decades of leadership experience at some of the world’s top retail brands from Harrods, to Saks Fifth Avenue, to Holt Renfrew to Karstadt. In his first book Almost is Not Good Enough he shares his secrets on how retailers can go beyond just surviving in this dynamic environment and instead learn to thrive. Using his unparalleled knowledge of consumer trends in both mature and emerging markets he outlines his strategies on how to stay ahead of the game anywhere in the world, even though the rules of that game change every day. By taking the best, and worst, lessons from international retailing he presents the winning formula to keep stores on top.
Andrew Jennings is a senior retail executive with more than 45 years of leadership with some of the world’s most respected high-end, speciality and department stores, including Harrods and House of Fraser in the UK, Brown Thomas, Ireland, Holt Renfrew, Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, USA, Woolworths, South Africa and Karstadt Group, Germany.
Recognised for his leadership and performance-driven management style, Andrew is sought-out for his vast knowledge of consumer trends and retail practices in both mature and emerging markets. He has distinguished himself in six countries and on four continents with his agility in translating traditional business models into modern retailing in an increasingly fastpaced world of change.
Andrew is passionate about brands, breakthrough marketing and the creation of memorable consumer experiences. Key to his sustained success is adapting his approach to address the challenges and opportunities presented by dynamic trading environments at pivotal stages in their evolution, from the sophistication of London to the new world complexities of South Africa.
Andrew is now permanently based in London working with retailers, private equity companies and consulting groups as a senior retail advisor, chairman and board member. He is also Chairman of the Prince’s Trust Retail Leadership Group.
Ms. Kim Thipe, BA, EMBA (GSB) and current Ph.d student (GSB), serves as Non-Executive Director at African Media Entertainment and former CMO of South African Airways. Ms. Thipe has over 20 years Media and Marketing experience having served as a Marketing Director within various companies. Thipe is also a board member of Masimanyane Woman’s Support Center, an organisation focused to eradicating violence against Women.
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