by Peter J. Bates

Friday, March 19, 2010

Luxury Summit for Insight & Inspiration

The luxury travel segment is not the only luxe segment that has suffered. One thing we’ve surely learned during this difficult time is the importance of sharing ideas among colleagues and formulating strategies that will lead us to success. Sometimes that inspiration and insight can be found by looking at what companies are doing in other industries such as retail and leisure goods. Staying ‘in the know’ will remain paramount in 2010, which is why I draw tremendous value from the annual American Express Publishing Luxury Summit, to take place at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on April 25-27, 2010 (

During the Summit, experts and authorities on culture and economics will illuminate the trends, tastes and attitudes that are forming on the horizon and will shape luxury marketplaces and appetites. Speakers include:

· Steve Sadove, Chairman & CEO, Saks, Inc.
· Daniel Lalonde, President & CEO, Louis Vuitton NA
· Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos
· Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman and CEO, Tiffany & Co
· Baba Shiv, Professor, Stanford University
· Mary Baglivo, CEO NY and Chairman & CEO Americas, Saatchi & Saatchi
· Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive Inc.
· William Taubman, COO, Taubman Centers Inc.
· Marian Salzman, President North America, EuroRSCG Worldwide PR
· Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies
· Ted Teng, President & CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World
· Geoff Vuleta, CEO, Fahrenheit 212
· Fred Dust, Partner, Ideo
· Christopher Cowdray, CEO, Dorchester Collection
· Irwin Gottlieb, CEO, GroupM

There will also be two terrific overviews by four senior executives from the global offices of McKinsey & Co. from Shanghai, London and Paris, New York and Washington, as well as the annual Survey of Affluence & Wealth in America presented by Dr. Jim Taylor, Vice Chairman, The Harrison Group.

This “must attend” event will be jam packed with data and information to help you better understand today’s luxury consumer and the trends within the marketplace. For more information or to register, visit

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