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President, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa
As President of EMEA, Martin is responsible for delivering the Starbucks experience to stores in over 40 countries. He’s also a board member of Roark Capital Group, which supports a portfolio of 50+ food and beverage brands and retailers globally. Prior to Starbucks, Martin spent a decade at Nike, where he served in influential roles like VP of Global Product and Merchandising Operations and COO of Direct-To-Consumer Business. He previously held strategic leadership positions at Burger King Corporation and The Coca-Cola Company in both EMEA and the U.S.
Head of Innovation Strategy, Nike
A veteran of the innovation ecosystem, Tal has talents across mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategic partnerships—plus a background in finance that’s specific to start-ups. Today, Tal leads enterprise strategy for Nike innovation, including initiatives like Product Innovation, Manufacturing Revolution, and Sustainability and Business Innovation.
Chief Product Officer, Canada Goose
An esteemed leader in sport and fashion, Lee has spent 25+ years shaping product and business strategy at iconic international brands. Driven by the belief that innovation powers results, he has served as the VP of Global Product at Patagonia and Global Director, General Manager for Nike Inc. Previously Lee held leadership roles at The North Face and Fila Sport. Lee currently spearheads the Canada Goose Global Design & Merchandising Team.
President of Champion, Hanes Brands
Susan is a charismatic leader with 20+ years of driving growth in sport and fashion. She kicked off with roles at adidas, Nike and Victoria’s Secret—where she led her category with record growth. Susan has been an integral part of Champion’s global resurgence. Under Hanes Brands, as the President of Champion, Susan leads her organization’s growth across channels; wholesale and direct to consumer. She combines a deep understanding of the market and consumer with a sharp commercial focus to push brands forward.
Innovator, Entrepreneur, Designer
An iconic New York City fashion designer and entrepreneur, Norma Kamali launched her first brand in 1967—and her groundbreaking designs have continued to influence the market since. She is an innovator and business leader, who’s won multiple design awards and brought her signature brand to life globally. Kamali also advocates for women’s empowerment through fitness, health, beauty, style and entrepreneurship.
General Manager Americas, O'Neill
Ethan has global leadership experience with some of the most iconic brands in apparel, footwear, accessories and beverage—including Nike, Disney, Soda Stream and more. Today Ethan oversees product, marketing and business for O’Neill Americas. He has a proven track record of attaining P&L targets, developing disruptive growth strategies and cultivating strong, visionary teams.
Entrepreneur and seasoned business leader, Yos is a pro at defining the right opportunity for the right market. He is CEO and co-founder of SenseQ—a sensing and IOT technology that’s revolutionizing the operation of commercial and residential properties. Prior to that, he spent two decades as CEO at a range of public companies traded on the Nasdaq, NYSE, LSE and TASE, including Caesarstone—which he led from a $100 million net worth to a market cap of $2 billion. With a track record of creating value through innovation, differentiation and execution, Yos knows what makes a venture grow strong and succeed.
Consumer & Retail Investment Banking
Derrick has facilitated more than 50 transactions representing over $70 Billion in transaction value for Barneys New York, Carl’s Jr., Coors, Del Monte, Express, Hanes Brands, Kellwood, Kohl’s, May Department Stores, Nordstrom, Polo Ralph Lauren, Quiksilver and Skullcandy. His celebrated finance career spans two decades and includes William Blair, GCA Savvian plus 13 years focusing on the consumer and retail industries at Morgan Stanley.
DR. ANDY DAVID
Director Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Andy David has his finger on the pulse of Israel’s dynamic start-up nation. Andy works to promote Israeli innovation globally through international agreements, collaboration and training programs. As the former Israeli Consul General, he facilitated business relationships between Israel and the U.S. Andy brings knowledge in international relations, global business development, strategic communication, PR and advocacy to the team.
VP of Strategy & Ops, Tach Group
From licensing to retail, wholesale and e-commerce, Heather has two decades of experience in developing go-to-market strategies for global brands in sport, fashion and food and beverage. Her specialties include building new categories and expanding into new markets quickly and efficiently. Spanning functions – product creation, merchandising, marketing, operations, supply chain and sales, she sets a growth plan and success strategy that’s actionable. Heather’s role in Bridge & Branch is to align the brand and consumer needs with the right innovation solution and define the leanest path to market.
Head of Global Business Development at Orbs/Hexa Group
Gili brings a decade plus of experience in foreign trade and economic development for the state of Israel. He excels in developing business across all sectors, but his main focus is technology—specifically, identifying the right innovations to drive growth between the U.S. and Israeli organizations. With two start-up companies in his career history, Gili understands what it takes to build a solid business model and bring it to market quickly.
Executive Creative Director, Nemo Design
Mark brings 30 years of design strategy, brand development and content creation experience to the table. His role at Bridge & Branch is to help set the strategy and create the communication tools you need to make an impact at pitch and beyond.
Principal, Nemo Design
Trevor has spent two decades leading Nemo and its client base into growth, innovation and success. His role at Bridge & Branch is to mentor innovators in business strategy and help match them with the brands and investors that will bring their tech to life.