Catrina Funk, VP, European Brand & Marketing Director, TJX Europe: TK Maxx & Homesense
Catrina has experience working in both the U.S. and Europe, agency and client-side, on large international brands, such as General Motors, Hallmark, Max Factor, Eli Lilly, Starbucks, and dominantly TJX Europe (TK Maxx & Homesense), a large European retail business, part of TJX, Inc.
Catrina co-leads the omnichannel Brand and Marketing Department for TJX Europe.
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, she worked in her 20s first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an Art Director, then as a creative at Leo Burnett Chicago, focusing on integrated campaigns and product launches. Back in Europe in her 30s, she started, and ran the in-house, full-service creative agency for TK Maxx and Homesense, becoming TJX Europe’s Creative Director.
Catrina was awarded an undergraduate scholarship to the University of Kansas, USA, from where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Later, she graduated with a MBA from the University of Oxford, UK.
Paul Pomroy, CEO, McDonald’s
Since assuming leadership, Paul and his team have continued to accelerate investments that truly make a difference to the experience received by Customers and Staff. In March this year the business achieved 40 quarters (10 years) of consecutive sales growth.
Passionate about people and talent development, Paul has also instigated moves on both pay and a trial around flexible contracts for restaurant teams. This focus on investing in and backing our people, has seen him shortlisted for HR Director’s CEO of the Year in 2016, recognising his commitment to those that make the business a success.
Paul joined McDonald’s in 1996 as a real estate analyst. His progression through the company has included responsibilities as Regional Financial Controller for London and the South East, Head of Business Strategy and Head of Commercial Finance. He was appointed Vice President Finance in 2008, responsible for commercial and corporate finance including tax and treasury, with his remit extending to pricing, profitability and financial projections.
Louise Fowler, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, Post Office
Louise Fowler is a successful business leader with 25+ years senior experience in consumer services, leading brands from First Direct and the Co-operative Group to British Airways and Barclays.
At BA she launched the Executive Club and introduced the world’s first beds on a plane revolutionising business travel, and then went on to redefine Barclays’ business banking proposition. More recently she has delivered marketing and digital transformation as CDMO for First Direct, the UK’s most recommended bank and runs Davenport Strategy, advising clients on their strategic customer proposition.
Louise is currently leading a major Customer Transformation Programme at the Post Office, chairs a leading arts organisation in the North West and is a member of the Deans Council at Lancaster University Business School.
Claire Molyneux, Global Chief Transformation Officer, Publicis
Claire is a pioneer in the transformation of the marketing services industry. Her 15 years’ client-side experience, combined with her three years at Publicis, leading agencies in multiple markets and capabilities gives her great insight in to how to create strong partnerships which build brands and businesses.
As Chief Transformation Officer of Publicis Communications in Europe, Claire has designed transformative ‘Power of One’ models for key global clients in Europe: igniting the alchemy of creativity and technology between the creative, influencer and production agencies of Publicis Communications, and in close collaboration with Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Health.
Claire was instrumental in the recent holding company pitch for Daimler, one of the most significant wins for Publicis Groupe in the past few years. Her leadership helped create an agency model of the future – Publicis Emil – to deliver on Daimler’s marketing and business transformation. She is now working to establish this model, taking personal leadership of the Daimler overseas region.
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