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Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, 26 July

Mike Webster
SVP and General Manger
Oracle Retail & Oracle Hospitality

As senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Retail and Oracle Hospitality, Mike Webster is responsible for strategy, enablement, development, sales, service, and support. Oracle Retail and Oracle Hospitality provide deep, industry-specific domain expertise to deliver mission-critical solutions that help customers realize their most important business initiatives.

Webster has more than 28 years of retail industry experience, working with hundreds of retailers in more than 30 countries. His expertise spans enterprise applications, data warehousing, and store-automation solutions. He is widely acknowledged for leading the global expansion of self-checkout across multiple formats.

Throughout his career, Webster held various senior management positions in business strategy, corporate communications, and government affairs in service to the retail and hospitality industries. He also led the acquisition of leading self-service solutions for the retail, travel, and healthcare industries. Webster holds a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Dayton.

General Session Speaker, Thursday, 27 July

Apoorva N. Gandhi
Vice President, Multicultural Affairs
Marriott International, Inc.

As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands.  He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and public affairs as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.    

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 25 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise.  He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company’s global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.  He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients.  He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management.  He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. Apoorva lives in Bethesda, Md. with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys travel, playing ice hockey and listening to music (loudly).

 

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