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Burberry takes top ‘Movers & Shakers’ spot

Burberry takes top ‘Movers & Shakers’ spot
Wednesday October 16 2013

Digital innovations by luxury British label earns plaudits for its management in this year’s Multichannel & E-commerce Top 100 Movers & Shakers report

Burberry’s Mark Hopwood, director of IT business relationships & digital commerce, and Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer, have been placed as number 1 in this year’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers Multichannel & e-Commerce report.

The annual report, which is produced by retail blog and sponsored by software developer K3 Retail and is now in its fourth year, names the top 100 key individuals making a difference to e-commerce and multichannel retail and was released at the Retail Systems Conference late last month.

Asos’s Nick Robertson, co-founder and director James Hart, were up two spots to second place this year and Hotel Chocolat’s chief executive Angus Thirlwell and head of marketing Melissa Shackleton were new entries at number three.

Spotlighting multichannel ecosystem

The report is designed to celebrate the achievements of the most influential people who have really stood out in the world of multichannel over the past 12 months. These individuals comprised consultants, vendors, service providers, recruitment specialists, senior retailers, consultants, advisors and City analysts whose expertise straddled all areas of the sector.

Tony Bryant, head of business development at K3 Retail, commented: “For 2013 I am delighted that the advisory board has carefully considered not only retailers but service providers, consultants, recruitment specialists and investors. This edition again shows the diversity of individuals and their roles and the significant contribution they make to retail in the UK and globally.

“Whatever we call it – multichannel, cross-channel, omnichannel – the people behind retail channel management are doing some great things to keep up and also influence the anytime, anywhere, any product consumer.”

Experience in high demand

Produced in conjunction with Glynn Davis of, the report takes into account the future rising stars in retail, whose potential will feature across the top 100. Davis said: “What has remained constant through this report and its predecessors, is the great fluidity in the industry. There continues to be significant movement of people within the e-commerce and multichannel areas. This is undoubtedly driven by the shortage of experienced personnel, who not surprisingly find themselves in great demand by retailers desperate to develop their digital capabilities.”

He added: “Many of the same names appear in this report as in 2012 but, in many cases, they are now plying their trade with a different employer. It will be interesting to see if this movement continues throughout this next year.”

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