Date(s) - 22 Oct 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Julian Burnett, IBM

Whilst COVID19 may have changed retail in 2020, cognitive connected tech is changing it forever. From augmented reality to robotic process automation and computer vision to machine learning, this talk will consider where such innovations may yield differentiation and bring business value for retailers.

About Julian

Julian is a digital, technology and business transformation leader ranked in the CIO Top 40 by Computing and has executive experience across retail, consumer products and supply chain industries. He leads IBM’s business in the UK covering these market sectors. Julian has held CTO, CIO and Supply Chain leadership positions at Sainsbury’s, John Lewis and House of Fraser, where in each he designed and led large scale digital and technology enabled business transformation initiatives.

Before holding senior roles in industry, Julian held consultancy leadership roles at both CapGemini and CSC where he focused on Business Transformation, Digital & Technology Strategy and Enterprise Architecture. He is a trained coach and facilitator, with experience of coaching and mentoring senior business, technology and digital executives. Julian sits on the GS1 Advisory Board, is an advisor to Retail Week Live, an international conference on digitally enabled commerce; an advisor to Fashion District, a global hub for innovation in the fashion industry; and campaigns with Business Disability International upon the role of technology in enhancing the opportunities and experiences of disabled customers and colleagues in the work place.

Julian is Founder of The Table Partnership, a small collective of growth investors and advisors targeting digital innovation in commerce. He is also a regular industry speaker and guest lecturer and is collaborating with Oxford Brookes University on both their Executive MBA course and at the Institute for Ethical AI. Julian is a Fellow of The British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

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