Amy Akins joined Walmart in 1986 and has gained extensive experience across many avenues. She has served in Supply Chain Operations, directed Merchandising Apparel Strategy, led the Merchandise Operations Services and has been instrumental in item file integrations for Walmart International markets. Amy currently represents Walmart with the GS1 organization, and oversees the strategic direction and development for Walmart Item File as well as business process design and support for all of Walmart merchandising.
Walmart Item File
Shrikant has over 20 years experience in supply chain, ERP implementations, product management and e-commerce. As a product manager, Shrikant is responsible for the global partner development at Walmart that will lead to enriched product content.
Bryan oversees Kantar Retail’s research programs and publications. He has worked as lead researcher for multiple retailers and channels, focusing on key US and global operators, and is a thought leader and speaker covering emerging trends in global mass retailing.
David leads the global Strategic Consulting, Solution Consulting, and Client Design practices for Bazaarvoice. His teams engage with clients to cater their consumer-generated content strategy to address brand and marketing challenges, drive top-line revenue, provide pre-sales technical consulting and graphic design, as well as quantify the value of a holistic CGC program. Prior to Bazaarvoice, David held leadership roles at management consulting and private equity firms, with a focus on market strategy and emerging technology monetization.
With 20 years of retail experience, Mark began his career leading merchandising systems development for both Walmart and Sam’s Club. He then moved to Procter & Gamble – delivering sales fundamentals across multiple retailers, channels and product categories. Mark most recently led the Walmart.com Global ecommerce team at P&G, and is now responsible for the Sam’s Club sales team at Wrigley.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Sara Spivey is responsible for overall leadership of Bazaarvoice’s global marketing programs, including demand generation, solutions marketing, brand strategy and communications. Before joining Bazaarvoice, Sara served as CEO of InReach, a provider of online continuing education management solutions, a role preceded by her tenure as chief marketing officer for Convio.
Dave brings extensive entrepreneurial and operating experience to Content Analytics, founding four prior technology startups: Likewise Software (acquired by EMC), Centeris Corporation, Consera Software, and OnDevice Corp. (acquired by Keynote Systems). Before his entrepreneurial career, Dave was hired by and was the youngest employee at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Dave managed the Out of Box Experience team for Windows and worked on television and internet access services.
Jon is responsible for leading the operation and implementation of multi-channel e-commerce strategies that increase paid and organic traffic. His teams have generated one billion dollars in additional online sales through optimal product and media merchandising by bringing the in-store emotional shopping experience online.
Eric has over 18 years of experience in digital marketing, advertising and publishing – implementing strategy and execution for e-commerce search engine and content marketing. Eric oversees WhyteSpyder’s Walmart and Sam’s Club product detail page optimization and enhancement program that helps suppliers and their agencies increase sales online and in-store.
Patricia Chavez joined Walmart in 1986 and is responsible for the training, onboarding and governance team for Enterprise Master Item. She has spent the past 15 years in Replenishment working in apparel and hardlines departments and spent the previous 14 years in Store Operations and Operations Development.
Ani Marathe joined Walmart in June 2015 and led Walmart’s Store Assortment Online initiative meant to make all the store items visible on Walmart.com. As a Senior Project Manager, Ani Marathe is responsible for developing Enterprise Master Item system, a critical component of Walmart’s omni-channel strategy. Before Walmart, he was Global Product Manager for Kennametal Inc, a Pittsburgh based tooling solutions provider with annual sales of $2.5 billion.