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Checkout 2020 Conference Speakers Revealed

By Donna Ahern
Checkout 2020 Conference Speakers Revealed

Checkout is happy is announce a number of speakers have confirmed their participation in this year’s event. More will be announced in the coming weeks.

Clive Black, Head of Research, Shore Capital
Clive Black is the co-founder and has been the Head of Research at Shore Capital Group Limited since 2003. After attending Coleraine Academical Institution and following his research thesis on ‘Corporate Strategy in the Animal Feed, Beef and Dairy Sectors in Northern Ireland’ (QUB), he joined the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in Knightsbridge, becoming Head of Food Policy where he advised and coordinated the organisation’s first ever food policy.

Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive of the IGD
Joanne Denney-Finch works with chief executives, chairmen and presidents of some of the world’s largest food and grocery companies.
IGD is an education and training charity for the food and grocery industry that undertakes research for the benefit of the public. It has more than 1,000 corporate members, including their subsidiaries, spanning 117 countries, with offices in the UK, Singapore and North America.

Wijnand Jongen, Retail & Ecommerce Expert
Wijnand Jongen is a globally recognized author keynote speaker and futurist on topics in retail and e-commerce. He is co-founder and chairman of the Executive Committee of Ecommerce Europe and founder and CEO of the Dutch ecommerce association
He is the author of the book “The End of Online Shopping”, which was published in the Netherlands in 2016 and in Belgium in 2017. The English edition of the book was published on October 9, 2017 at the new, European edition of Shoptalk in Copenhagen.

Kevin McCarthy, Managing Director, Garvey Group
Kevin McCarthy is Managing Director of the Garvey Group; one of Ireland’s leading retail businesses. He Quinnsworth in 1982 as a retail trainee manager, and working there for eight years, which included stints as Assistant manager in Killarney, Tralee, Ennis and Douglas and work as store manager in Mallow and Tullamore.
He joined Thomas Garvey in 1990 as store manager in Castleisland, opened the new Garveys store in Tralee in 1992, and went on to become regional manager in 1996. He joined the board of Directors in 1998 and became a shareholder in the business. He was appointed Managing Director in 2006.


Patrick Munden, Global Head of Retail & Marketing. Salmon
Patrick Munden is Salmon’s Global Head of Retail & Marketing. Salmon is the go-to name delivering powerful ecommerce experiences for leading brands, helping them transact more digitally.
Patrick is a renowned spokesperson for the digital commerce industry. His expertise is founded on over twelve years’ experience in global ecommerce
with companies such as eBay, where he headed up B2B marketing across Europe, and ecommerce consultancy Salmon where he is in demand as one of the UK’s go-to spokespeople on online peak trading.

Stephen Wynne-Jones, Editor, ESM
Stephen Wynne-Jones is the Editor of ESM - The European Supermarket Magazine: the magazine for the European grocery retail sector, covering private label, brands, supply chain, technology, packaging, industry services and more.
He is also Checkout’s former Editor in Chief, and under his direction, Checkout was named as winner of the 'Business to Business Magazine of the Year' category at the Magazines Ireland Awards category in 2014. It was a finalist in the same category in 2015, and in 2013.

David Cianco, Senior Customer Strategist, dunnhumby
David brings 48 years of retailing experience as an operator, marketer, and strategist to dunnhumby’s partners. He created one of the first supermarket loyalty card programs in the U.S. (for The Kroger Co., in 1996), and led an innovative loyalty approach that today engages more than 50 million U.S. households.
His visionary, customer-led ideas and Customer 1st change leadership contributed to Kroger’s remarkable 53 consecutive quarters of positive identical sales growth, and brought David recognition by Advertising Age Magazine as one of the ‘Top 50 Marketers’ in America (2008).
Empathy Research
Empathy Research will once again be presenting an exclusive piece of consumer research that will look at some of the key consumer trends currently affecting the FMCG industry, as well as those likely to emerge in coming years.
Empathy Research is an innovative, progressive market research company, specialising in quantitative and qualitative research. It has exclusive access to permission-based panels of 300,000 plus active members in Ireland. It provides insight to forward-thinking companies and their creative agencies, with marquee clients in food and beverage, retail, financial services, electronics, health, beauty, and entertainment.

Leaders Panel

The 2018 Checkout Conference, in association with dunnhumby will also feature a panel discussion with input from some of the most important voices in the FMCG world. Our confirmed leaders are:


Kevin Donnolly, Managing Director, Britvic Ireland
Kevin has over 25 years’ experience in sales, marketing and general management. He joined Britvic in September 2008 as Marketing Director and was appointed Managing Director in June 2013. He is a member of the Britvic PLC Executive Team in London. Prior to Britvic he spent 4 years as Sales & Marketing Director of Dairygold Consumer Foods Division.

Tom Gannon, Co-Founder Fulfil Nutrition
Tom Gannon is the co-founder of Fulfil Nutrition, one of Ireland’s fastest growing FMCG brands. He founded the company with Niall McGrath, who he met while both were working with Richmond Marketing.
Such has been the success of Fulfil’s protein bars since they were launched in 2016, that they are now the top selling protein bar brand in Ireland, overtaking established international players.

Nick Johnson, Managing Director, Unilever Ireland
Nick Johnson joined Unilever in 2011 as Business Operations Director within its customer development arm in UK. He assumed the role of Category Management & Business Operations Director in July 2011. In October 2013, he took on the leadership of its Shopper Marketing arm, whilst retaining the category management function. He was then appointed Vice President and Country Leader for Unilever Ireland in June 2014.

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