Walmart CIO, Clay Johnson, Set To Speak At Retail TouchPoints 2018 Retail Innovation Conference

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J., March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail TouchPoints, the industry’s go-to source for the latest retail trends, strategies and technology innovation, has announced that Clay Johnson, CIO and EVP at Walmart, has joined the impressive lineup of retail executive speakers for the 2018 Retail Innovation Conference (#RIC18), April 30 - May 2, 2018 in New York City. Retail executives can register for the Retail Innovation Conference here.

Johnson is the Enterprise CIO and Executive Vice President at Walmart, leading Walmart's Global Business Services (GBS) organization. His global team uses innovative technology to drive operational efficiencies, lower costs and accelerate company growth. He came to Walmart from General Electric (GE), where he served as Chief Information Officer at General Electric Power. Prior to GE, Johnson held multiple leadership roles at The Boeing Company, Dell and FedEx.

In its fourth year, #RIC18 has moved to a larger conference venue, centrally located in midtown Manhattan at the Convene event space on 46th Street. The conference offers a number of unique and exclusive features, including:

  • Store Tours – Featuring conversations with retail executives representing the brand at each stop;
  • Fun Run in Central Park – Hosted by The New York Running Company by JackRabbit, Tuesday morning to energize attendees before the first full day of content;
  • Six Focused Content Tracks – Designed to help attendees maximize their time;
  • Keynoter Ken Hughes – Award-winning Shopper Behaviourist and thrilling speaker;
  • 5th Annual Retail Innovator Awards – Recognizing the disruptive thinkers who are breaking the mold in retail today.

Johnson is joining a lineup of retail executives and industry expert speakers at #RIC18 including:

  • Luke Chatelain, VP of Innovation, West Elm
  • Nariman Noursalehi, VP of Marketing & Customer Acquisition,
  • Angela Gearhart, VP, Brand Experience, Sleep Number
  • Rafeh Masood, SVP & Chief Digital Officer, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Traci Inglis, Brand President, TechStyle Fashion Group
  • Fareena Contractor, Sr. Technology & Innovation Leader, Walmart Canada
  • and many more!

In its fifth year, the Retail Innovator Awards (RIA) program is designed to honor individual retail executives who have driven change and gained success through innovation and disruption.

RIA winners will be recognized during #RIC18. Nominations close today (March 1, 2018). Executives interested in submitting an RIA nomination can visit the 2018 Retail Innovator Awards Nominations page to nominate themselves or a colleague now through midnight.

A selection of past RIA winners includes:

  • Dan Pingree, Moosejaw
  • Wayne Duan, Walgreens
  • Anthony Luigs, The Home Depot
  • Ben Babcock,
  • Pam Sweeney, Macy’s
  • Sid Jatia, Under Armour
  • Jason Morris, Walmart
  • Angelo D’Agostino, Wet Seal
  • Barry Beck, Bluemercury
  • Kevin Lavelle, Mizzen+Main
  • and many more!

Registration for the Retail Innovation Conference is open now and will cap at 450-500 attendees. To reserve your seat today, Register for the Retail Innovation Conference here

About Retail TouchPoints
Retail TouchPoints is an online publishing network for retail executives, with content focused on optimizing the customer experience across all channels. The Retail TouchPoints network is comprised of 3 weekly e-newsletters, special reports, web seminars, exclusive benchmark research, an insightful editorial blog, and a content-rich web site featuring daily news updates and multi-media interviews at The Retail TouchPoints team also interacts with social media communities via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The Retail Innovation Conference & Retail Innovator Awards
Hosted by Retail TouchPoints, the 2018 Retail Innovation Conference (RIC18) is an educational and networking event that aims to help retailers think differently by spotlighting the disruptors who are driving business success. RIC18 will be held April 30-May 2 at Convene in New York City and will feature live presentations by select Retail Innovator Award winners.


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