Before announcing the winners of the year in e-commerce during the 12th Annual GPeC E-Commerce Awards Gala 2017, we meet for the autumn edition of GPeC SUMMIT (November 14-15 2017, Bucharest, Romania) for 2 days of E-Commerce Conference with some of the best international and online marketing e-commerce specialists! Get ready for a real e-commerce marathon!
Meet the first speakers and stay tuned as we will constantly update this section to announce the top speakers that will be part of this year’s edition of GPeC SUMMIT November 14-15! Don’t miss our Early-Bird offer of only 109 EUR + VAT for the 2 event days and claim your ticket now to book your seat for GPeC SUMMIT – The Most Important E-Commerce Event in CEE!
Neil Patel is the Co-Founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, KISSmetrics and a real Online Marketing genius. Wall Street Journal calls Neil ”one of the most important web influencers world-wide”, Forbes places him in top 10 online marketers and Entrepreneur Magazine says that Neil “founded one of the most successful top 100 international companies”. The former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, included Neil Patel in the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30. Neil Patel worked as a consultant for Amazon, NBC, Google, eBay, General Motors, HP and Viacom. You will meet Neil Patel at GPeC SUMMIT November 14-15 in Bucharest, Romania. Neil will be present on the GPeC SUMMIT stage 2 times: first with a 45-minute keynote speech on November 14 and then with a 90-minute extended session during GPeC Special Day November 15 together with other 3 international experts.
Oli Gardner is the Co-Founder of Unbounce, one of the most well-known international Conversion Marketing platforms and an expert in landing page Conversion Rate Optimisation. “The successful recipe for growing your conversion rate lies in the perfect mix of data and design (user experience) together with quality services offered to your online shop clients”, says Oli Gardner in his interviews and articles. With a passion for optimising every single element of a landing page, Oli says that he has seen and analysed more landing pages that anyone else in the world. And you will take his word on this considering that he has worked with Amazon, Vodafone, Canon, LinkedIN, and the company he founded has over 10.000 clients world-wide. Oli will deliver an incredibly actionable 45-minute keynote speech at GPeC SUMMIT on November 14 which will offer you insights on how to grow your conversion rate through “data-driven design”.
Executive Strategist HubSpot
Sam Mallikarjunan is an Executive Strategist at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform. Sam teaches Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education and the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business. He is also the co-author of the book “How To Sell Better Than Amazon” (which, thanks to the publisher, is ironically available for purchase on Amazon).
Founder Fazillion Media
Cyrus Shepard owns Fazillion Media, a content marketing company focused on SEO, publishing, and affiliate marketing. He also serves as an SEO consultant to businesses around the world. He spent several years at the SEO software company Moz—where he lead Audience Development and the team in charge of in-house SEO and content marketing. Cyrus speaks and writes about Search Engine Optimization, CRO, copywriting, technical best practices and marketing research. Check out his blog – CyrusShepard.com.
Founder & Owner Write With Influence
Amy Harrison is the founder and owner of Write With Influence, one of the most appreciated online resources of Content Marketing world-wide. Amy helps online business owners with practical and tested advice on how to write the best marketing content easy and fast. Amy is a copywriter and Content Marketing consultant, being recommended as the best specialist and speaker in this field by international gurus such as Bryan Eisenberg, Oli Gardner or Karl Gilis. Amy also developed a successful series – AmyTV – on how to write content that is clear, relevant and persuasive and that helps you grow your online sales. Amy will deliver an inspiring 45-minute keynote speech at GPeC SUMMIT that is called “The Customer Disconnect: How Inside-Out Copy Makes You Invisible” and she will also be present with a 90-minute practical workshop full of highly-actionable tips during GPeC Special Day.
Regional Commercial Director RTB House
Vladimir Houba is responsible for the management and development of RTB House’s activities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Previously he worked with the research company Gemius, where managed its local branches in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He graduated in business administration from the City University of Seattle and in business management from the University of Economics in Bratislava.
Founding Member & Managing Partner FAN Courier
Felix Pătrășcanu is the founder and managing partner of the leading courier company in Romania, FAN Courier, founded together with Adrian and Neculai Mihai in 1998. The company became a market leader in 2006 and permanently consolidated its position, thanks to investments and new value-added services. The company serves over 40,000 clients, most of them legal entities, with the help of a team of over 5,250 employees and a fleet of over 3,200 vehicles. In addition to having a leading position in the company, Felix Patrascanu is also a founding member of the Association of Romanian Courier Operators (AOCR), a member of the Romanian Business Leaders Board (RBL – apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit, which aims to develop a platform for social involvement for leaders in the private sector) and co-author of the “Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs”, the first collective work on entrepreneurship written by businessmen from Romania.
PROF. JORIJ ABRAHAM
Managing Director E-Commerce Foundation
Prof. Jorij Abraham has been part of the international eCommerce community since 1997. He has been manager e-commerce at Bijenkorf (an upmarket department store chain), TUI (Europe’s largest travel organization), online publisher at Sanoma Media (the largest media company in the Benelux) and Director of Consulting as Unic (an Europe wide e-commerce strategy & implementation firm). In parallel to these activities he (fellow) founded two companies, eVentures Europe and vZine. From 2013 – 2017 he has been Director of Research & Advise at Thuiswinkel.org (the Dutch Ecommerce Association) and Ecommerce Europe (the European Ecommerce Association with 25.000+ members in 20 countries). He now is Managing Director of the Ecommerce Foundation, a research institute offering practical ecommerce research for 50+ Ecommerce Associations worldwide. He is also e-commerce professor at the University of Applies Sciences, TIO.
Founder Packeta Group
Simona Kijonková is one of the most renowned e-commerce business ladies in the Czech Republic and part of the “Top 25 Czech women in business of 2015″ and “Top 75 most influential women of the Czech Republic in 2016″ of the Forbes magazine. Simona is the founder of the Packeta Group (known in Romania as Coletăria.ro) – one of the widest networks of pick-up points operating in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Apart from the management of Packeta, Simona is also a business angel, investing in technology startups such as SizeID.com – an innovative tool helping users choose their clothes size when buying online. On November 14, Simona will share the most important Czech Republic market facts and figures as part of GPeC RED – Regional Expansion Debate.
Member of the Board E-Commerce Poland (Chamber of Digital Economy)
Justyna Skorupska is one of the most renowned E-Commerce and Digital Business experts in Poland, a member of the e-Commerce Poland board (Chamber of Digital Economy) – the most representative e-commerce association in Poland. Starting November 2016, Justyna is also digitalisation consultant for the Ministry of Digital Business in Poland. With an extensive experience of over 20 years in the industry, Justyna is active on the IT and e-commerce market as an expert, consultant, mentor and manager and has coordinated the operations of the most important polish branches of international giants that expanded their business to Poland. You will meet Justyna at GPeC RED – Regional Expansion Debate din cadrul GPeC SUMMIT, on November 14, together with some of the most important names of international companies and associations in regional e-commerce.
Stephan Grad is one of the Austrian e-commerce pioneers and the founder of A-COMMERCE – the main resource of e-commerce content, statistics, events and trainings in Austria (similar to GPeC in România). Stephan’s core belief is that “e-commerce is not only about technology and processes, but also about people and human relationships and must be treated accordingly”. A-COMMERCE brings you the main e-commerce information, facts and market statistics in Austriaand is the organiser of e-commerce and multichannel events in the country. Stephan will bring his experience and A-Commerce statistics at GPeC SUMMIT and will be ready to share with the GPeC audience all his know-how on the market.
President Ecommerce Hungary
Zoltán Ormos is the President of Ecommerce Hungary – the Hungarian e-commerce association. He joined the association in 2006, becoming a Board Member in 2011 and a President in 2014. As President of the Ecommerce Hungary association, Zoltán was actively involved in the promotion of cross-border e-commerce and he developed a strong international contacts network in this field. Zoltán can therefore help online shops interested in cross-border expansion with useful and highly actionable advice and contacts. Zoltán is a lawyer and the Managing Partner of OrmosNet, a legal company specialising in IT and e-commerce legal aspects.
Iulian Stanciu is the CEO of the largest online store in Romania, eMAG, the owner of NOD (Network One Distribution), the owner of the retailer Flanco and an investor in other Romanian businesses. Within eMAG, Iulian focuses on the growth of eMAG Marketplace, a system by which eMAG partners display their offers on the eMAG.ro platform.
CEO PayU România
Marius Costin has 20 years of experience in business, and 14+ years of experience in telecommunications. At 25 he became a manager. 800 people is the largest team that he has managed. He has been active in 4 different industries, and has 2 business startups implemented with an 8-digit financial impact, expressed in euro. Currently, Marius Costin coordinates PayU Romania – the leader of the local online payment market – as a Country Manager.
CEO DPD Romania
Lucian Aldescu began his career in transport and logistics since 1994 as a Logistic Manager for the Belgian company Eculine. In 1997 he founded, together with James Gray-Cheape, Pegasus Courier, the first Same Day courier company in Bucharest. Pegasus was acquired in 2008 by the GeoPost group, and changed its name to DPD Romania. Since 2008, Lucian Aldescu holds the position of CEO of DPD Romania – part of DPD Group, the second largest courier in Europe. In the next five years, Lucianintends to triple the company’s turnover and position DPD Romania as a leader in the Balkans. Lucian Aldescu is a graduate of the TiffinUniversity MBA program and was the President of A.O.C.R. between 2009 and 2011.
Managing Director UPS Romania, Hungary & Greece
Jim Kearney, Managing Director of UPS Romania, Hungary and Greece, is a 27-year UPS veteran and native of Ireland, responsible for approximately 650 employees as well as UPS’s operations, business development, and strategy across the three countries. Jim Kearney started his UPS career in 1989 as a billing clerk in UPS’s UK finance & accounting department, based in London. In the following years, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in UPS. In 2013, Jim accepted the role of UPS East Europe district Authorised Service Contractor director, working out of Ireland. In both of these positions Jim Kearney was responsible for overseeing and coordinating the activities of UPS’s authorized service contractor countries across the region. Jim Kearney holds a professional accounting qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Founder Breeze Mobile
With 30 years of experience in the IT&C industry, Dan Virtopeanu has dedicated the last 15 years to mobile marketing and mobile payment solutions. He has been involved in the development of a diverse portfolio of mobile campaigns through SMS, mobile web, mobile applications and other tactical tools, many of these campaigns being a first in Romania. In 2012 he founded Breeze Mobile, a full mobile marketing agency, winning the best mobile marketing campaign in 2013, and more than 10 awards at domestic and international competitions for its developed applications and campaigns.
CEO & Founder NETOPIA mobilPay
With over 19 years of experience in online in Romania, Antonio Eram founded his own business, NETOPIA mobilePay, in 2005. Today, the company is the leader of the local digital and mobile payment market. Headquartered in Bucharest and having an office in the US, California, NETOPIA developed the first Romanian award-winning product in a Silicon Valley competition. The Romanian application,mobiPay Wallet, created by NETOPIA, was among the top 3 most-voted technologies in the first exhibition dedicated to start-ups present in the global center of IT giants.
Bogdan Manolea is a legal consultant focusedon areas such as information technology law, intellectual / industrial property, and any area involving law, the Internet and civic attitude. He is the owner of the LegileInternetului website which, since 2001, showcases the main developments in information technology law. He is also the author of numerous presentations and articles on Law and Information Technology (e-commerce, electronic signature, domain names, jurisdiction and the Internet, the right to privacy, etc.). Bogdan is the co-founder of TRUSTED.ro.
Director Executiv ARMO
FlorinelChiş is the Executive Director of ARMO – the Romanian Online Shop Association. With 15 years of experience, he is an e-commerce consultant for Fortune 500 companies and the most important retailers in Romania. He is a Member of the Board at EMOTA, Member of the Board at Ecommerce Europe and Member of the Board of Ecommerce Foundation Advice.
Managing Director Quantum Data Science
Lucia Ciucă is the managing director of Quantum Data Science, the newest Romanian company specialized in data technology and a member of thegroup, the largest independent communication marketing group in Romania. In the past, Lucia was a Research Manager at eMAG in 2011 in 2012, and then the Marketing and Communication Manager of eMAG, where she spent more than 3 years working with the team of the largest online storein Romania.
Chief Marketing Officer ContentSpeed
Doina Vilceanu coordinates the Marketing and Sales Department of ContentSpeed, the market leader in implementing ecommerce custom software solutions. The ContentSpeed eCommerce platform is used by over 450 online stores and 35 B2B portals. Among the brands in the company portfolio there are: SEPHORA, Diverta, IL PASSO, Chicco, QuickMobile, Flormar, Betty Ice.
CEO & Founding Partner Zitec
Alexandru Lăpuşan is the CEO & Founding Partner ofZitec, one of the leading producers of online applications. In addition to other projects, Zitec has in its e-commerce portfolio the following names: eMAG.bg, Flanco, Network One Distribution, PayU, Paravion.ro, Borealy, ALTEX.
Managing Director White Image
Andrei Georgescu is the co-founder and Managing Director of White Image for more than 15 years. He is passionate about data and solutions that generate results. Currently, White Image delivers Data Management and E-Mail Marketing solutions for e-commerce, banking, auto, HR, and other customers. You can also find Andrei at the IAA School where he teaches E-Mail Marketing.
Founder & Chief Optimizer @ UX Studio
Eugen Potlog has more than a decade of experience online, which he uses as the Founder & Chief Optimizer @ UX Studio. Throughout his career, Eugen has collaborated with companies such as eMAG, Flanco and Banca Transilvania. In addition to his experience in ecommerce and online marketing, Eugen is UX Certified by the Nielsen Norman Group and a Certified Optimizer by the ConversionXL Institute. At UX Studio, Eugen offers services that help optimize user experience and conversion rates.
Chief Canopyst @Canopy
Cristian Ignat is the founder of Canopy, an agency that aims to bring the digital to new heights. Lives and breathes online marketing in general and PPC in particular. He has more than 10 years of experience in this area and has been committed to actively promoting the field, being one of the first Google AdWords Certified Trainers (Dec. 2013). He participated as a speaker, juror or moderator at over 100 events in Central and Eastern Europe. His focus is on case studies and applied discussions, which helped him to become the first Romanian guest as speaker @Hero Conf, the largest PPC event in the world.
Digital Marketing Consultant
HoriaNeagu would describe himself as a citizen of the internet. While some remember their first love, Horia keeps remembering the first searches on Lycos, the first site built on GeoCities and the first IRC botnet channel. This washappening in the era when sending an email was not a Pavlovian reflex, but a serious commitment that lasted for several hours. He has been working in the field of Digital Marketing for more than a decade, having active marketing campaigns for industries such as telecom, banking, pharma, airline, ticketing, publishing, food & beverages, gambling and politics.
Head of SEO & Managing Partner DWF
Mihai Vinatoru is the Head of SEO and Managing Partner DWF – one of the largest SEO agencies in Romania. DWF currently manages 70+ optimization campaigns for online stores or companies with national visibility, in industries such as: auto, tourism, health, finance, home & deco, etc. By using the most advanced SEO tools available and their own experience, DWF specialists provide powerful and measurable SEO campaigns.
With more than 10 years of experience in marketing, Bogdan Colceriuis an advisorforbig companies in the domestic market, being a strategist with expertise both online and offline. Bogdan Colceriu is the CEO of Frisbo, the first e-fulfillment platform in Romania, co-founder of Trilulilu.ro and an associate at Okian.ro. As a dedicated e-commerce marketing specialist, Bogdan offers valuable insights, do’s & don’ts, and concrete examples of how to operate and market the online shop.
General Manager Mediapost Hit Mail
Marian Seitan is the General Manager of Mediapost Hit Mail. Marian graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of ASE Bucharest in 1996 and has an Romanian-Canadian MBA. Marian founded Hit Mail in 1997 and was one of the pioneers of direct marketing in Romania. Under the leadership of Marian, Hit Mail kept lauching the main direct marketing tools used in Romania year after year and became a true direct marketing school.
Bianca Grip is the founder of GripADs, a digital agency that develops and promotes online projects on the international market. Trainer and a speaker at business and digital events, Bianca is an outstanding strategist in developing online projects, actively involved in educating and growing the business environment in Romania to conquer the global market. With over 13 years of experience in coordinating online projects, Bianca is well known for her resultswith the tocmai.ro project, which, from the start-up stage, has reached top 3 sites in Romania. Among the international projects she was involved with are mobeemi.com, eshopwedrop.com.