On Your Marks Networking Series

12:00 - 14:00
Clothworkers Centenary Hall, University of Leeds

'From Leeds to Limassol: Innovations in international business models'

You will hear from M&S about their global retailing strategy and the challenges of building a global retail brand – from growing key markets to creating flagship stores, online evolution to driving franchise business with key partners.

Professor Matthew J. Robson will host the event and will outline some of the key findings from a joint University of Leeds/M&S research project, examining innovation in international business models. Through identifying areas of best practice, the research aims to drive further opportunities for business growth and expansion of the UK retail sector.

Event format

11.45am: Event opens, registration, tea and coffee

12.00pm: Welcome and opening address from Professor Matthew J. Robson, Head of Marketing Division, Leeds University Business School

Keynote: Gobind Bansal, Country Manager, Baltics, Marks & Spencer

Question and answer

1.00pm: Refreshments and networking reception

Speaker Biographies

Gobind Bansal

Gobind joined M&S in 2011 and has led various high-profile projects including launching the latest M&S brand, Marks & Spencer Lingerie and Beauty, in Saudi Arabia and India. Currently he leads M&S in the Baltics. Prior to M&S, he worked with Google and Amazon on cutting edge retail technologies in the payments and mobile space. A computer engineer by training, he holds an MBA from London Business School, and a Masters in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston and National University of Singapore.

Professor Matt Robson

Matthew Robson is Professor of Marketing at Leeds University Business School. He earned his PhD. at Cardiff University. His teaching and research interests focus on international, strategic, and relationship marketing. Prof. Robson has published in many journals of international repute including British Journal of Management, International Marketing Review, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, and Organization Science.

Admission is free*, but places are limited and you will need to register your attendance by emailing onyourmarks@leeds.ac.uk.

*Please note that cancellations within 48 hours and non-attendance of the event will incur a £25 charge per delegate to cover costs. You may nominate an alternative delegate to attend without incurring any additional charges. All substitute delegates should be confirmed in writing to onyourmarks@leeds.ac.uk.

The On Your Marks networking series, formally Make your Marks, was launched in September 2009. It aims to bring business and higher education together at the University of Leeds through free lectures. It offers a forum for discussion of topics from cutting edge food science to sustainability.

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