Retail’s Boundary-Breakers

17 Industry Leaders Challenging the Status Quo

Retail executives have recently prioritized business continuity in responding to the onslaught of disruptions to their daily operations. But now, growth and differentiation are coming back into focus, creating a unique opportunity for a distinct class of executive to rise and lead the charge.

The Retail Innovator Awards were designed to elevate the retail leaders driving positive change for their organizations, whether in the form of new tech implementations, new business strategies or new cultural initiatives. This year, we see a connective thread across our winners: they are the ones leading the charge for their businesses (and the industry at large) in emerging areas such as retail media, sustainability, Web3 and more.

Meet the 2022 Retail Innovator Award Winners

Abi Subramanian

Lowe's One Roof Media Network

Adam Blumenthal

Lion Brand Yarn

Alex Williams

Marks & Spencer

Alfonso Cerullo


Amber Bazdar


Andy Kettlewell


Cydni Tetro


Debbie Forman-Pavan

Renfro Brands

Elise Whang & Emily Erkel


Eric Wardian


Harry Cunningham


Heather Paquette

Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize Company

Jay Nigrelli

Perry Ellis International

Rick Gomez


Shai Eisenman

Bubble Skincare

Vibhu Norby

Solana Spaces


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The 2023 Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (#RICE23) brings together a cross-section of established C-suite executives and up-and-coming leaders to discuss the state, and future, of connected commerce. Representing the industry’s best and brightest executives — from Directors of Digital, Design, Marketing and Ecommerce, to Heads of Store Ops, CMOs and even Chief Innovation Officers — #RICE23 provides distinct content and learning opportunities that inspire collaboration and innovation.