Knowledge is power. So, put yourself in a position of power as you start a new year with the content-intense FMI Midwinter Executive Conference.

Top thought leaders, analysts and researches are partnering with FMI to bring you the insights required as you head into the disruptive changes throughout retailer and ecommerce.

Covering everything from studies on the generational differences in shoppers to digital tools that are already in the consumer’s hands to trends that are reshaping the way people consume food, these speakers listed below are ready to deliver dynamic interactions, insightful trends and knowledge you need to innovate, collaborate and partner in new ways.


Sarah Alter

President & CEO, The Network of Executive Women

Sarah Alter leads NEW, the largest women’s leadership organization serving the North American retail and consumer goods industry. She was named president and CEO by the Board of the Network of Executive Women on June 5, 2017. Alter has had an international career in retail, financial services and technology. She served as vice president of Discover Financial Services and vice president for digital sales and marketing at Sarah holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

Jon Ambrose

Co-Founder and COO, Rosie

Mark Baum

Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, FMI

Mark Baum currently serves as Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer for FMI. In this role, Baum engages retailer, manufacturer, supplier, and service provider CEOs to further trading partner collaboration, leading to operational improvements and growth opportunities across all segments of the food retail supply chain. Prior to joining FMI, Baum was a Managing Partner of MARCAT Group, LLC a consulting/advisory firm specializing in business, market, channel, and customer development. Baum is known for his intricate knowledge of every aspect of the food, beverage and related businesses, and is recognized among the foremost experts in the design, management, and execution of strategy, sales, marketing, and merchandising activities throughout the industry.

Thom Blischok

Chairman and CEO at The Dialogic Group, LLC

Thom Blischok is Chairman and CEO of The Dialogic Group. LLC, a growth and results-driven professional services firm serving both the Retail and CPG industries. His record of achievements include advising major retailers on growth and market re-positioning strategies in the Drug, Apparel, Convenience Store, Grocery, Dollar, e-Commerce, Mass, Specialty, and Club retail sectors with special emphasis on improving merchandising, marketing, supply chain, and technology capabilities.

Ron Bodkin

Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google

Ron is a Technical Director on the Applied Artificial Intelligence team. In this role, Ron provides leadership for AI success for customers in Google’s Cloud CTO office. Ron engages deeply with Global F500 enterprises to unlock strategic value with AI, acts as executive sponsor with Google Product and Engineering to deliver value from AI solutions, and leads strategic initiatives working with customers and partners.

Thomas Bornemann

Principal, Consumer Products and Retail Consulting, Ernst & Young LLP

Thomas Bornemann, a partner in consumer products and retail practice, at EY (formerly Ernst and Young), is responsible for managing major CPG companies’ portfolio of EY services focusing on the integrated value chain including all elements of both the demand and supply chains. He has overseen numerous strategic projects, which generated substantial and more importantly sustainable business results.  

David Bradley

Executive Vice President Solution Management, r4 Technologies

David Bradley is the Executive Vice President Solution Management for r4 Technologies. David was the Founding CMO for, their $12bn direct channel and also led strategy and marketing for IBM’s PC business and Sales & Distribution Group. In addition, David has enjoyed global leadership roles for CA Technologies and SAP.

Kerry Bridges

Senior Director Supplier Food Safety, Wal-Mart International

As Senior Director of Food Safety, Kerry Bridges oversees supplier food safety for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. Kerry’s scope of responsibilities includes food safety oversight of tens of thousands of Wal-Mart’s, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs food suppliers. She is also responsible for researching and assessing new and emerging issues, food safety specifications for Walmart Private Brand food items, and a number of critical regulatory compliance issues also come under her purview.

George Carey

Founder and CEO, The Family Room LLC

George Carey is founder and CEO of The Family Room, a strategic research and brand consultancy with a special interest and expertise in family decision-making. At the core of his company’s work is a ten-year program mapping the shifting emotional landscape of kids, teens, moms, and dads around the world.  These “Passion Points” provide a fascinating window into the soul of families, insight on the astonishing changes in their emotional priorities post-2016, and a roadmap for marketers wishing to market to the family heart, not head.

Carole Christianson

Chief Operating Officer, WAFC (Western Association of Food Chains)

Carole’s career has spanned over 40 years including 29 years in the beverage business. She was the first national winner of Coca Cola Enterprises “Above the Line” award for Outstanding Sales Development and rose through the ranks to Vice President, National Sales Director before establishing, Christianson West in 2003.

John Clevenger

Managing Director, Senior Vice President, Acosta Strategic Advisors

John Clevenger is a Senior Vice President of Acosta and the Managing Director for Strategic Advisors.  He brings almost 30 years of CPG experience, including Pepsi Marketing and Sales, Managing Director of Meridian Consulting Group and Client Insights Executive for IRI Worldwide.  He has deep experience in developing and activating retail strategies across all categories and channels. 

Chris Coborn

President and CEO, Coborn's, Inc.

Andrew Cosgrove

Global Lead Analyst for Consumer Products and Retail, Ernst & Young LLP

Andrew Cosgrove is Global Lead Analyst for Consumer Products and Retail at EY. Andrew has over 20 years experience in the Food and Beverage industry. He is co-author of Managing Profitable Growth in Emerging Markets: Scaling the Tail, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Krishnakumar (KK) Davey

President, Strategic Analytics, IRI

Dr. Krishnakumar S. Davey is the president of IRI’s Strategic Analytics practice, executive sponsor of IRI’s largest CPG account and a member of IRI’s Executive Leadership Team. Dr. Davey’s expertise is in driving sustained, profitable growth in the areas of revenue growth, in-market execution, marketing ROI optimization and growth prioritization through a combination of predictive and prescriptive analytics, automated solutions and consultative engagement.

Kevin Davis

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Farms, Inc. and FMI Chairman of the Board

Kevin Davis is FMI Chairman of the Board and Chairman & CEO of Bristol Farms as well as Chairman of Lazy Acres, the preeminent specialty food and natural food stores in Southern California. Kevin started in the food industry in 1970 as a box boy. He joined Ralphs in 1974 and worked all store level jobs through promotions up to Senior Vice President of Marketing. He left Ralphs after 21 years to become Executive Vice President of Bristol Farms in May of 1996.

Peri Edelstein

Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Peri Edelstein joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2002 in the Atlanta office and is currently a Partner and Managing Director in the New York office.  Peri is a core member of the Consumer and Private Equity practice areas, and focuses specifically on growth, go-to-market strategy, and organization strategy. Peri has worked extensively in the consumer goods space across food and beverage, personal care and apparel.

Drew Facer

President & CEO, Idahoan Foods

President & CEO, Idahoan Foods

Merijn Helle

Vice President, Head of Industry & Value Advisory, East Market Unit & Retail, SAP America

Kevin Holt

CEO, Ahold Delhaize USA

Kevin Holt is Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize USA, the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast of the U.S. with $43 billion in annual sales, and a member of the management board of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest international grocery retail groups. A 30-year veteran of the grocery retail industry, Holt led the integration of Ahold and Delhaize’s U.S. companies following the merger of Ahold and Delhaize and successfully implemented Ahold Delhaize USA’s customer-centric model. As CEO of the group, formed in 2018, Holt guides each of Ahold Delhaize USA’s local brands as they focus on winning with customers locally and capturing leading market share, a position the brands currently hold in the majority of the markets they serve. A true transformation champion, Holt continues to lead the company’s transformation for the future, fueling a culture where associates find purpose in their work each day and positioning Ahold Delhaize USA to deliver an unparalleled omnichannel and ecommerce experience for consumers. 

Prior to his current role, Holt served as Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA since 2016. In this role, he played a key role in the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, which has been recognized as one of the industry’s most successful M&A transactions to date. 

Prior to that, Holt was Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize America, parent company of Food Lion and Hannaford, a position he began in 2014. In that capacity, he was instrumental in helping each of the consumer brands grow market share through organizational transformation, which brought decisions closer to the customer, focused on local products and merchandising and improved efficiencies through supply chain and technology advancements. 

Earlier, Holt served in executive leadership positions for SuperValu and Meijer, leading these companies through successful M&A activity and delivering technology and innovation to enhance consumer experience. Before entering grocery, Holt spent nearly a decade in the technology sector with NCR delivering solutions to large, complex organizations.

Holt holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Ferris State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute, an industry trade association. Additionally, he chairs the Food Marking Institute Foundation, which is committed to collaborating within the food industry to address social concerns. 


Marc Hubbard

US Country Manager, Advantage Report USA

Marc Hubbard is VP of US Client Service at Advantage Report™ USA and responsible for all of the US business. Advantage Report™ USA’s purpose is to uncover how businesses working together can consistently generate sustainable growth. Advantage Report™ USA does this by annually conducting research with more than 3,300 retailer and CPG industry professionals to uncover what is driving business performance. Marc has over 15 years of international sales and market research experience working with leading CPG, Retail and Technology companies.

Andrew Ive

Managing Director, Food-X

Andrew is the Managing Director at Food-X, #1 global food accelerator. While leading Food-X, Andrew has invested in 30+ early stage food companies across multiple business models including software, hardware, consumer products and biotech. Helping them with their strategies, launch, scaling and funding.

Larry Levin

Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI

Larry Levin is Executive Vice President, Industry Insights, at IRI.  He has spent his entire career in market research, leading engagements for many of the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers including Pepsi, Coke, Lexus, Porsche, Nissan, Infiniti, Starbucks, Audi, Microsoft, and Disney.

Jason Lobel

CEO & Co-Founder, SwiftIQ

Sally Lyons Wyatt

Executive Vice President, and Practice Leader, IRI

Sally Lyons Wyatt is a recognized thought leader in CPG and Retail, a frequent keynote speaker and an authority on consumer eating and shopping trends. She is published often in periodicals spanning trade and national business media. She brings more than 25 years of industry experience to provide innovative and results-driven insights combined with proven leadership success. 

As an executive and practice leader for IRI’s Client Insights division, Lyons Wyatt is responsible for driving integrated initiatives as well as measuring their success within the practice areas of consumer strategy, consumer/customer insights, and personalization. Sally’s experience includes the management and development of global account teams that provide service to top CPG companies around the world. 

Subarna Malakar

Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Ahold Delhaize

Subarna Malakar implements effective, sustainable and achievable global diversity and inclusion strategies and programs for multi-national retailer Ahold Delhaize, recognized by Diversity Inc. as a Top 25 company. Malakar was named one of Diversity MBA's 2017 Top 100 Under 50 Executives.

Beth Marrion

Managing Director, Retail, Accenture

Graeme McVie

Chief Business Development Officer, Precima

As Chief Business Development Officer, Graeme heads Precima's sales and marketing efforts on a global basis. Drawing on over two decades of consulting, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and analytics experience, he has a proven track record of helping clients drive improved sales and profits through insight-driven, customer-centric strategies and solutions.

Chris Morley

President USA, Nielsen

Chris Morley is President of Nielsen United States, leading the Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturer and retail business in the largest market for the company. He is responsible for helping clients measure outcomes and drive business improvements through a deeper understanding of what consumers buy.

Scott Moses

Managing Director and Head – Food Retail & Restaurants Investment Banking, PJ Solomon

Scott Moses is Head of Grocery and Restaurants Investment Banking at PJ Solomon, and a member of the Firm's Operating Committee.  Scott advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, sales and divestitures of traditional and specialty grocers, including some of the most significant sector M&A transactions, with a combined transaction value of over $50 billion. 

Scott’s numerous clients (many family-owned), have included: Kroger, Albertsons, Sprouts, Sunflower Farmers Market, Lucky’s Market, United, Southeastern Grocers, Best Market, Martin's, Haggen, Lund’s/Byerly’s, El Rancho, Mi Pueblo, Pro’s Ranch, Supervalu (Shop&Save), Central Grocers, Ahold (USFoodservice), Jean Coutu (Brooks/Eckerd), Fred's (Rx) and Weis Markets (SuperPetz), as well as many private equity firms.  

Scott was named to the “Top 50: Americas M&A Dealmakers” list by Global M&A Network (2013) and “40 Under 40” lists of promising finance professionals by IDD (2011) and The M&A Advisor (2015).  Scott graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.  He received MBA and JD degrees from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  

Scott has been quoted numerous times as a sector leader in business and grocery media outlets including: Forbes, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Food Dive, Progressive Grocer, Shelby Report, Supermarket News and Winsight Grocery.

Scott sits on the Board of UpLift Solutions, a national nonprofit that helps bring full-service grocery stores to underserved markets across the country.

Lisa Paley

Chief Customer Officer, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Lisa Paley is Chief Customer Officer, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) for the U.S. Prior to the Chief Customer role, Lisa was the General Manager of Puerto Rico & Caribbean based out of Puerto Rico. Lisa joined Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in the Sales & Customer Support organization in the spring of 2009 as the Vice President of Sales Strategy & Customer Operations with responsibility for Customer Service, Replenishment, Distribution and Account Planning. She later served as the VP, Sales Strategy and Shopper Marketing for PCH with oversight of Sales strategic planning – all franchises, In-store Merchandising, Category & Shopper Insights and Sales Operations.

Steve Pinder

Managing Director, Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy

Steve Pinder is a Managing Director in the Retail and Consumer Group with Kurt Salmon, a part of Accenture Strategy.  Steve has 15 years of experience leading major transformational programs for North American and Global clients across multiple retail sectors.  Steve leads Kurt Salmon's Grocery and General Merchandise practice, and in the market he is frequently cited on critical topics and emerging trends in strategic growth, consumer strategies, digital transformation, and E2E supply chain transformation.

David Portalatin

Vice President, Food Industry Advisor, The NPD Group

David Portalatin is The NPD Group’s national advisor on all aspects of food and beverage consumption in- and away-from-home.  In his role as vice president, industry advisor, Portalatin provides information, insights, and analysis on how U.S. consumers eat and drink, their attitudes and motivations, diet and nutrition, snacking, and personal characteristics. He works closely with food manufacturers and retailers; foodservice distributors, manufacturers, and operators; and media outlets in providing strategic business insights into current and future eating patterns in America.

Laurie Rains

Vice President, Retail Commercial Strategy, Nielsen

Laurie Rains is Group Vice President, Retail Commercial Strategy at Nielsen.  In this role she drives Nielsen’s go-to-market strategy with product and thought leadership to further engage our retail partners. Throughout her 20+ years at Nielsen, Laurie has also held roles leading our national Retail Consumer and Shopper Practice team, Retail Consulting and Analytics group and retail client teams in the East, across all channels of trade. 

Leslie Sarasin

President and CEO, FMI

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI, the food industry association, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Kate Sayre

Global Head of Consumer Goods Strategy, Facebook

As Global Head of Consumer Goods Strategy at Facebook, Kate is responsible for developing industry-wide and category-specific marketing strategies that benefit consumer goods companies of all sizes around the world. In this role, Kate leads the company’s efforts to partner with these companies so they can best leverage Facebook’s family of apps and services to build their brands, and drive growth in a mobile-first world. As a champion for Consumer Goods, Kate also partners closely with brands to influence Facebook product development and roadmaps so the goals and voice of the client are continually kept top of mind.

Gail Seanor

Senior Director, Marketing Technology, TGI Friday's Inc.

Mark Skogen

President and CEO, Festival Foods

Future Leaders Conference Co-Chair

Gerardo Soto

Director of Innovation, Stanley Black & Decker

Gerardo Soto is Director of Innovation at Stanley Black & Decker where, as a highly focused marketing and sales executive and team leader, he is responsible for building a breakthrough innovation culture and ecosystem, while focusing on new product development where he spent the majority of his career including leadership roles in Puerto Rico and Latin America.

Judy Spires

Chairman and CEO, KB US Holdings, Inc.

Judy Spires is the Chairman and CEO of KB US Holdings, Inc., a Delaware-based investment firm that owns the Kings and Balducci’s banners. During her 30 year tenure, she has earned positions of increasing importance in all facets of the business. Prior to KB Holding, Inc., Spires served as President of ACME Markets, after serving as President of Albertsons DFW Division and as President of Albertsons Rocky Mountain Division.

Tim Steiner

Chief Executive Officer, Ocado

Tim is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Ocado, which he started in 2000. Prior to Ocado, he spent eight years as a banker at Goldman Sachs, during which time he was based in London, Hong Kong and New York in the Fixed Income division. Tim graduated from Manchester University in 1992 with an honours degree in Economics, Finance and Accountancy.

Ashley Taylor

Chief Customer Officer, Acosta

Ashley Taylor joined Acosta as Chief Customer Officer in September 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Taylor is considered a global leader in consumer package goods, fresh food and merchandising operations. She brings a passion for thought leadership, innovation and a broad cross-functional approach in her work.

Robert Tomei

President, Consumer and Shopper Marketing, Core Content and Insight Services, IRI and Founder of The Family Room LLC

As president of Consumer & Shopper Marketing, Robert Tomei oversees growth, development and management of the company’s consumer and shopper insights, consumer segmentation, new product innovation, shopper marketing and activation services and solutions. He also manages IRI’s product management function around the company’s core content (point-of-sale, consumer, shopper, third-party supplied).

Xena Ugrinsky

CEO, Genre-X Inc.

As CEO and founder of Genre-X Inc., Xena Ugrinsky advises clients on business optimization through data to solve business issues for finance, operations, sales, and marketing. Xena’s focus on systems modernization and empirical data drives value across the overall technology portfolio, by helping clients link their advanced data analytics strategy and activity to key initiatives.

Stephen Webster

Senior Vice President Consumer Goods, r4 Technologies

Stephen Webster is a highly accomplished and inspirational business leader, skilled at delivering exceptional results in high growth and transitional businesses by making priorities, people and processes better.  He has experience in general management, artificial intelligence, business analytics, data solutions, digital and direct marketing, professional services, cloud based technology, e-commerce, new product development and business operations.

Chris William

Senior Vice President Insights & Retail Strategy, SwiftIQ