Fashion Digital NY 2015 Speakers

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Denis-Coombes-copy1Denis Coombes
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ROI Revolution, Inc.




Denis hails from South Africa, where he received his Masters degree in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg. He has been running online marketing campaigns for various clients all over the world since 2004. He moved to Raleigh, NC, in early 2006 and joined ROI Revolution shortly thereafter. In his time at ROI, Denis has overseen tens of millions of dollars in PPC adspend, specifically for retailers, and he understands where and how to look in order to improve results accordingly.

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Head of Research
Bronto Software





As an expert in email, mobile and social strategies, Jim brings over 15 years of experience in online marketing, managing email and cross-channel programs for top retail clients. From strategic vision to implementation, Jim has led clients to successfully meet aggressive revenue and performance goals. As Bronto’s Head of Research, he regularly publishes industry-focused white papers, research reports and contributes to the Bronto Blog. His articles can be found in publications such as DMNews, ClickZ, Total Retail and Multichannel Merchant. He has also spoken at numerous industry events including IRCE, eTail East, eTail Canada, MarketLive Summit and Magento Imagine and has been featured in Forbes, USAToday and NPR’s Marketplace.

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Senior Editor
Retail TouchPoints





Alicia is Senior Editor at Retail TouchPoints. Although she tends to gravitate to all things social and mobile, she strives to create compelling thought leadership pieces, trend features and case studies that spotlight how retailers are improving the customer experience. In addition to updating the Retail TouchPoints web site and developing in-depth trend pieces for the publication’s email newsletter, she also manages the Retail TouchPoints Tumblr blog.

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Brand Manager
DL1961 Premium Denim




I am the Brand Manager for the NYC-based denim company, DL1961 Premium Denim. Previous to my current role, I ran our Ecommerce business for DL1961 Premium, and worked in corporate finance, specializing in technology clients.

Originally from Southern California, with a 5 year stint in the San Francisco Bay Area, I now call Chelsea, NYC home!

mg_25741Mike GirardinSilver-Jeans-Company-Logo
Director of Ecommerce
Silver Jeans Co.




For more than 17 years, Mike Girardin has been involved in digital marketing strategies and web development, helping organizations to reach business goals, raise brand awareness, and improve processes. His successful track record spans the fields of e-commerce, fundraising, public relations, government, learning and training, construction, and music. He loves a challenge, and he’s always looking to apply his knowledge and skills to new areas. He’s been able to bring credibility and accolades to the teams and organizations that he’s been part of, as well as spark industry-wide change, receiving awards of distinction and being articled in newspapers such as the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail for the work that he’s done.

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Chief Operating Officer




Michael Harvey is the COO at Corra, a premiere digital ecommerce Agency and Systems Integrator with offices in New York and LA.

He leads Corra’s delivery team overseeing the firm’s project management, analysis, marketing, and award-winning design. He is a keen observer of the ecommerce industry and has been quoted in a number of notable publications on topics as diverse as enhancing the customer experience and the future of Amazon.

Beginning in 2002, he and his family spent four years aboard their sailboat circumnavigating North America. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford.

Morgan_Hermand-WaicheMorgan Hermand-Waicheadore-me
Founder & CEO
Adore Me




Morgan Hermand-Waiche is the founder and CEO of Adore Me, a disruptive e-commerce lingerie startup revolutionizing the US lingerie industry by making fast, beautiful fashion affordable, and doing it purely online and on mobile. Adore Me ranked No. 14 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in America for 2015, topping the charts as the 2nd fastest growing company in retail and as the 2nd fastest growing company in NYC. Morgan leads a team of 70 employees across the US and Europe and raised $11.5M in less then 3 years. With 3M female millennial shoppers and a massive online footprint of over 900,000 Facebook followers (and counting), Adore Me is disrupting the lingerie industry to the core.

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King & Partners




Tony has been a leader in digital design solutions for fashion and luxury for over fifteen years. Tony began his career in digital design for fashion as Gucci Group’s eBusiness Director in 2000. As the creative leader of their digital team, Tony launched and then turned his focus to the other Gucci Group brands and successfully launched digital flagships for Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, YSL, Bottega Veneta, etc. 2004 marked the year that he founded then-ground breaking CreateThe Group to transform the face of luxury and fashion online. Dissatisfied with big agency mentality, Tony founded King & Partners in 2010. King & Partners creates content, campaigns, digital experiences, products and eCommerce for exceptional fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands. Tony’s clients and projects have included Nowness, Burberry, Tom Ford, Gucci, Another Magazine, Fendi, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Asprey, Faena, Edition Hotels, Bentley, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Mario Testino, CR Fashion Book and many many others. Outside of the creative and business worlds Tony is a proud father and a car enthusiast.

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VP of Ecommerce
Velvet by Graham & Spencer




With over a decade of experience in eCommerce & digital marketing, Hillary is now leading the eCommerce and retail growth at the Los Angeles-based, laid-back luxe apparel brand: Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Prior to entering the fashion industry, she worked in the CPG space for luxury brands Fiji Water, Justin Vineyards & Archipelago Botanicals. She graduated from the University of Michigan and resides in sunny Los Angeles, CA.

Josh_KreponJosh Kreponcolehaan-logo-home-est
VP of Global Digital Commerce
Cole Haan




Josh Krepon has 15 years of experience in the digital space, the last 10 of which have been in retail ecommerce. Josh joined Cole Haan as VP of Global Digital Commerce in March, 2014 to lead the digital brand transformation. Prior to joining Cole Haan, Josh was the Global Director of Digital Commerce at Tory Burch where he spent 3.5 years developing and growing a global digital business. His work included a site re-platform and redesign, launching international shipping capabilities, release of mobile and in-store applications and expansion of ecommerce and local fulfillment in Europe. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren and the Corporate Executive Board (CEB). Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Kenyon College. He lives in New York City with his wife and two girls.

Jason_LeBoeufJason LeBoeufNBA
Director of International Ecommerce Development
National Basketball Association




Jason has spent that last 11 years in eCommerce with a variety of companies ranging from small startups to fortune 500 companies. Included in this are BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bed Bath & Beyond, American Express, NYU and where he’s currently at, the National Basketball Association. This unique blend of companies has helped to give great insight into many different aspects of an organization from customer service to fulfillment, online content and marketing to finance and people leadership. All the while be able to keep the startup mentality and passion for eCommerce he gained while working in his first online venture, an online shoe store with Port City Web, over a decade ago.

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Head of Digital



Wonny Lee is the Head of Digital for GREATS, a disruptive men’s footwear brand selling high quality sneakers directly to the consumer. He’s responsible for all digital strategy, marketing, and analytics to scale the business while maintaining brand integrity.

Prior to GREATS, Wonny lead Global Mobile Monetization at Gameloft, lead Digital Marketing for Turtle Beach, and was the youngest employee to join Samsung at 19 years old.

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CEO & Editor In Chief




A Londoner, Gill started at M&C Saatchi advertising working with brands like British Airways, Ministry of Sound, Sky TV, ITV, British Government.   She went on to be part of the Fallon London start up team, and worked on BBC Radio 1. Lee Jeans.

Campaign Magazine (UK’s Adage), described Gill as ‘Inventive and open-minded… advertising’s future.’

She came to New York to be head of strategic planning at dRush, a joint venture between Donny Deutsch and Russell Simmons. She also worked on Coca-Cola, HBO, and Courvoisier Cognac, which won the CoolbrandLeaders award from the International Brands Council.

Gill then joined the freelance world, and continued to work with Courvoisier. Created Atelier Courvoisier, a luxury fashion business for Allied Domecq.

With the creative communications team, Became The Joneses, she worked with Agent Provocateur, Virgin Atlantic, HBO and Penfolds Wine.  ‘The Campaign for Little Britain’ they created for Virgin was selected as one of the 150 Winning Campaigns for the New Communications Age in 2008, and is featured in the book ‘Advertising Next.’

She then became go to strategic planner for fashion such as Chanel, Mulberry, Net-a-Porter, Levis, Perry Ellis.

Gill is a regular speaker and panel moderator including PSFK and The International Retail Summit.

She launched, an editorial based e-commerce website and personal shopping app with the largest network of vintage retailers and private collectors in the world, designed to modernize the vintage fashion industry. Winner of Honorary WWD Clio Image Award in 2014.

Mark_LippmannMark Lippmanndlippmann
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Deborah Lippmann




Since the brand’s inception in 1999, as Co-founder and Managing Partner, Mark has been involved in all areas of the brand’s strategic development and growth. Mark has directed the brand’s digital development, marketing strategy and implementation. Mark is also responsible for creating the brand’s logo, product packaging, in store display and digital creative.

Notable achievements include creation of, one of the first beauty e-commerce platforms in the U.S., in 1999 and its subsequent refresh in 2013 which included a mobile optimized site.

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Brand Enforcement




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Strategy & Operations Director
Gorilla Group




With nearly 10 years of ecommerce implementation and digital strategy experience, Victoria Markley is an expert in the field on how to find success and avoid pitfalls in ecommerce initiatives. She is currently the Strategy and Operations Director at Gorilla Group, where she is responsible for client strategic thinking and positioning, as well as internal implementation and methodology strategic evolution.

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Managing Director
Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN)




Carl Miller is the Founder and Managing Director of the Global Retail Insights Network (GRIN), the principal not-for-profit global community for e-commerce professionals. Carl, the EVP of Global Strategy at GoInterpay, founded the GRIN to help cross border retailers lead and innovate through knowledge and collaboration. He previously led the retail practice at GlobalCollect (an Ingenico company), where he worked with top retailers, helping them develop global e-commerce strategies. Carl has been designated as a ‘Top of the List E-Commerce Professional’ by the San Francisco Business Times for his innovation around B2C services.

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Executive Chairman & CEO
Ashley Stewart




Mr. Rhee is the Founder and President of FirePine Group and also serves as the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Stewart, an iconic and multi-channel plus-size fashion brand with a market-leading social media and digital commerce global footprint. At Ashley Stewart, Mr. Rhee has authored a paradigm-disrupting complement of algorithms, CRM and operational solutions that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable brick-and-mortar retailer with no WiFi at its corporate offices into a high growth, digitally driven business posting record profitability in less than one year. Because of his track record, Mr. Rhee was able to secure a commitment from Clearlake Capital to back his strategy in an unlikely exit from Chapter 11 proceedings in April 2014. By forging relationships amongst his diverse contact base and through the application of lean processes, Mr. Rhee has assembled a team that has propelled Ashley Stewart to the vanguard of mobile, social and site-to-store commerce. FirePine Group holds a significant investment in Ashley Stewart.

As both a control investor and activist operator, Mr. Rhee has stewarded companies with an aggregate enterprise value in the billions. He has a proven investment and operating track record spanning nearly two decades involving companies at inflection points requiring smart capital and the leveraging of a diversified network and knowledge base in the private equity, restructuring and venture communities. Mr. Rhee has held senior level positions at J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. and Gordon Brothers Group. Illustrative prior investment and/or operational involvement have included the turnaround and repositioning of Ultra Diamonds in partnership with Crystal Capital, the carve-out of the Meow Mix cat food brand from Ralston Purina, and the growth catalyst investment in Mattress Firm (Nasdaq: MFRM).

Mr. Rhee is an honors graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is also a former high school teacher.

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Meaghan started Rocksbox by lending pieces online from her own personal jewelry collection, and quickly saw a need among women to simplify the jewelry-shopping process. Before Rocksbox, Meaghan was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and Bain & Co., leading product innovation and social media strategy for some of the largest consumer and retail brands around the world. Meaghan holds a BS in Economics from George Mason, an MS in Economics from Johns Hopkins, and an MBA from the Wharton School.


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Founder & CEO




Eldar actively advises VPs and CMOs of top global retail brands on the best practices for email marketing, product discovery and merchandising. He is a data scientist by training and prior to Jetlore developed predictive statistical models for big data at Stanford University, Google, and Microsoft. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University and left the Stanford PhD program to pursue entrepreneurship.

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Catherine Sadler is the CEO of SADLER + BRAND, a NYC based new kind of consultancy/agency functioning as an igniter/connector in the service of talent + brands + innovation + the industry. It’s primary mission is to ignite relevancy, advocacy and growth through disruptive connections, intersections and collaborations.

Throughout her 30-year career, Catherine has been a proven innovator and brand builder for renowned retail, fashion and lifestyle companies including Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Coach, Urban Zen and Conran’s. Catherine also led her own brand marketing agency with clients including Donna Karan, Tiffany & Co., Montblanc and Safilo. Catherine is renowned for connecting with customers through breakthrough integrated marketing campaigns that help keep brands well positioned as icons with relevance in the competitive landscape we live in today – this includes her high profile work in licensing and collaborations.

Most recently, she served as Global Chief Marketing Officer at Banana Republic (2009 through 2014), leading all aspects of the global marketing organization: Brand Engagement, Media, Communications, Creative Services, Visual Merchandising and Store Design. Catherine was responsible for initiatives that created brand advocacy and reinforced Banana Republic’s global positioning. During her tenure she spearheaded notable marketing partnerships and designer collaborations that integrated the brand into the zeitgeist, drove major customer acquisition and significant incremental sales. These include: Mad Men (AMC), Virgin America, GQ, YouTube, Anna Karenina (Universal), Issa of London, Trina Turk, Milly, Marimekko and Roland Mouret.

Catherine graduated magna cum laude from Windham College where she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature. She also attended the American College of Switzerland and United States International University. Over her substantive career, her work has contributed to personal and brand awards including her induction into the Academy of Women Achievers, Shorty Awards, Fifi Awards, Catalog Age Awards and the Gold Lion Award for Retail Marketing from the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, she has served as a juror for the Clio Image Awards in the category of “Engagement, Integrated Campaign & Partnerships/Sponsorships”.

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Executive Vice President
Yumi Kim




Alison Sebens is the EVP at Yumi Kim, a contemporary women’s brand based in NYC. She is leading the company’s growth with an emphasis on building the digital and wholesale presence of the brand. Alison has over ten years of experience in merchandising, buying, and ecommerce for women’s brands. Prior to Yumi Kim, she worked in the retail divisions at Elie Tahari and Armani Exchange. Alison holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from Wellesley College.

screen_shot_20150516_at_9.05.04_amBrian Schulmanwiser
Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy




Brian Schulman has more than 17 years of proven digital marketing, eCommerce and Retail experience strategizing with IR500 and Fortune500 retailers, manufacturers and brands across the globe. As the Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy for Wiser, the leading pricing and merchandising engine, Brian is responsible for Wiser’s Enterprise sales operations.

Brian previously served as Director of Sales at Tealium, helping grow the company from the ground up into the market leader for enterprise tag management. After that he assisted in the global launch of AudienceStream, the first real-time segmentation and action engine designed for marketers.

Prior to Tealium, Brian provided his leadership skills across companies such as Anametrix (now Ensighten), Visual Sciences, Keylime Software (now Yahoo!) and served as one of the earliest and most successful sales executives and managers at WebSideStory, contributing to its highly successful IPO in 2004 and its eventual acquisition by Omniture for $394 million in 2008 and Adobe in follow for $1.8 billion in 2009. He is passionate about building high revenue growth organizations and the excellent teams that power them.

In his spare time, Brian is also an advisor to Executives and start-up companies such as Industry, Inc., the exclusive professional network for the service and hospitality industry, is a founding member of the Board of Advisors at Genuine Hero, and in 2015 served as chairperson, moderator and speaker at Etail West, speaker and moderator at Fashion Digital LA, and recently appointed to the Board of Fashion Digital.

” I will say you’re in expert hands with Brian who is a seasoned speaker and as I like to put it, a Linkedin Celebrity. Here’s the proof – out of my 3,662 friends on linkedin – Brian has consistently remained #1. This is above people like Dave Gilboa of Warby Parker, Sean Ellis, Blake Irving, and more. He’s a guy you most definitely want to know (if you don’t already). Well versed in crafting content around eCommerce, retail and digital marketing strategies, both online and on stage, it’s an honor to have him speaking at Fashion Digital LA 2015 this week. Thanks so much for joining us Brian! See you on stage at FDNY and FD London? :-)

– Sandy Hussain, CEO, Fashion Digital, May 2015

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Managing Partner
Beanstalk Ventures




Ken Seiff is the Managing Partner of Beanstalk Ventures, which invests in software companies that power retail, online marketplaces and eCommerce companies. The venture fund’s principal focus is to invest in software that makes retailers more efficient and more effective. The fund is staked with an investment from Novel TMT Ventures Limited, the investment group of Silas Chou and his family.

Previously Ken has led large retailers (serving as the Executive Vice President of The Direct and Omni-channel Group at Brooks Brothers) and launched a series of innovative start-ups including founding and co-Founding and Simply Gum. Ken has also consulted for or advised dozens of companies including Amazon, Lacoste, MyBuys, ShopRunner and Tribeca Films.

Ken is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation and and has served on the advisory Boards of a variety of companies including the Google, Demandware and Coremetrics.

  • Drinks A lot of water.  But even more coffee.
  • Ran a sub 5 minute mile on the way to 2 miles.  Second mile not so fast.
  • I think I “see around corners” but broke my nose running into the back of the head of someone in front of me.  Aah the irony.
  • Camped in a car with his family for six months.  Now doesnt like to camp.
  • Ate peanut butter every day for six months.  Still likes peanut butter.

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Head of Customer Success
Nosto Solutions Inc.




Head of Customer Success at Nosto – the fastest growing personalization solution in ecommerce. Nosto analyzes your customers’ behaviour and enables you to deliver personalized experiences in real-time. Jan leads the Success Team making sure all customers get the most out of Nosto. He has worked with more than 2000 customers including Volcom, Lush and Flight Club.





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Yafei Sun is the founder of which is the first and leading e-commerce platform for luxury goods in China. She has broad experience in finance, investment, marketing research and media PR. She has worked for Wall Street investment bank and asset management company. While there, she was in charge of market research and financial analysis of new media and IT firms. Sent to China as an investment supervisor in 2008, miss Sun managed a $200 million USD PE fund in Beijing.

Before she went to the US, miss Sun worked as a senior reporter for China News Weekly and Southern Weekly, and also served as an editor-in-chief for The Legal News. She earned master degrees from both Sichuan University and Dartmouth College. Miss Sun has also spent time at the University of California at Berkley as a visiting scholar.

Josh-TinchJosh TinchUmbel small
Director of Sales & Business Development




Josh is responsible for sales and business development in New York at Umbel. He is focused on helping marketers become data scientists by taking back control of their two most valuable assets: customer data and time.

Josh previously served as a Vice President and Business Development Manager at J.P. Morgan Chase. He spent time in a number of sales management, origination and product roles in structured finance. When not at work Josh enjoys crossfit, playing soccer or hitting the river to fly-fish. Josh studied finance at Texas A&M University and received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Additionally, Josh once ate 17 pancakes in 60 minutes to take second in a camp eating contest. His first concert ever was Vanilla Ice during Rob Van Winkle’s hard rock phase. He once beat Marion Jones in a 5k race and is addicted to jalapeños. Enough said….

jason-topelJason TopelTiffany
Director of Ecommerce & Direct Marketing
Tiffany & Co.




Jason Topel is currently the Director of eCommerce & Direct Marketing at Tiffany & Co. where he focuses on delivering digital capabilities and marketing programs that support the growth of Tiffany’s North America eCommerce business. Prior to joining Tiffany, he held various roles at and in product management, category management, marketing and business development. Jason has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a BS in engineering from Cornell University.

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SVP, Direct to Consumer
Dutch LLC, (Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott)




Marla Toplitzky is currently the VP of Ecommerce and Marketing for Dutch LLC, which encompasses the brands, Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott. Marla is responsible for all aspects of the Ecommerce business and creating an integrated online and brick and mortar marketing strategy. Marla stared her career in fashion in wholesale sales and operations at Jones Apparel Group and then for LVMH and then went on to work in the buying offices at Bloomingdale’s. Marla then spent 6 years at DVF, first focusing on growing their domestic retail presence and then as Director of Ecommerce running their web business. After DVF, Marla worked for Sandro and Maje and launched the Parisian brands in free-standing stores and shop-in-shops as well as online in the US.

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Advisory Board Member




Kelland Willis has been working in global retail for 10 years. Starting her career working in Beijing at one of China’s first luxury websites,, she ran the editorial content for their luxury fashion blog. While in China she also worked as a high-tech import/export trade consultant at Larkin Trade where she worked closely with the Ministry of Foreign Commerce. Upon returning to the US Kelland spent nearly three years at Forrester Research covering global retail with a sharp focus on China. Today, Kelland is working on the launch of SAP’s first global SME commerce solution.

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Head of Merchant Strategy
Affirm, Inc.




Sara Wyman joined Affirm in 2015 as the Head of Merchant Strategy, where she is spearheading the advancement of Affirm’s core product into new verticals and applications to align with the needs of our always-innovating retail merchants. Prior to Affirm, Sara ran ecommerce & retail at Reformation where she designed, launched and managed an integrated ecommerce platform, resulting in 189% YoY sales growth and increased conversion by 51% in 2014 for the online channel. Prior to Reformation, Sara led the payments initiative at Etsy, expanding the platform into 15 international markets and driving a new revenue line which grew to represent 20% of total company revenue within 12 months. Before making the move to ecommerce and payments, Sara spent 5 years working at UBS Investment Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in investment banking and equity sales functions where she focused on consumer & retail clients. Sara holds a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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CRM Manager




CRM Manager at Dafiti, Brazil. Degree in Computer Science, post- graduate in Business Management and expertise in direct marketing . Seven years of experience in the CRM area ( Customer Relationship Management) , both in analytical forward with studies to understand customers and their different patterns of behavior, as the operating front , with creation and public definition of commercial initiatives and campaigns marketing , focusing on customer satisfaction and positive financial results for the company .