Keynote: Chip Bergh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. Chip Bergh took the helm as president and CEO in 2011, and successfully drove strategies that turned around the company’s performance and set the stage for success over the long term. Throughout the process and last year’s IPO Bergh preached a relentless adherence to the concept of “profits through principles,” both in and beyond the business. While establishing and executing industry leading sustainability programs on climate, water, and workers, the company has also taken strong positions on LGBTQ equality, support for the Dreamers, and gun violence prevention, among other issues of the day. As the company has returned to growth, Bergh has kept the company focused on innovation, opening its Eureka Innovation Lab near its San Francisco headquarters; reducing its reliance on wholesalers with direct e-commerce and branded store sales; and leading a renewed focus on women’s clothing.
Executive insights are twenty-minute “TED Talk” style sessions from retail executives who will share their journey, obstacles they’ve had to overcome, and lessons learned. Executives featured this year include:
- Bill Best, Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
- Joe Bowe, Group Vice President, Supply Chain, Logistics & Real Estate, Sally Beauty
- Ed Oldham, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Petco
- Susanna Zhu, Vice President, Head US Supply Chain Operations, The Hershey Co.
Learning is at the core of LINK2020. RILA is known for our focus on education and building connections through learning together. We foster a collaborative and engaging learning environment that will help you challenge yourself and explore the latest innovations in the industry.
This year’s conference features 26 breakout sessions on the most essential topics in supply chain, presented by the leaders who know them best. Each session is designed by retailers, for retailers.
Stop by and visit some of the most exciting startup new companies during the LINK2020 Startup Crawl — powered by RILA’s Retail Innovation Center. Claim your startup passport and commemorative glass and learn about some of the most exciting companies helping to address today’s demands in the retail supply chain. After visiting a handful of startups, you’ll be eligible to submit your passport to qualify to win a complimentary LINK2021 registration.