Global Commerce

Hotel Cafe Royal , London, England, W1B 4DY, United Kingdom (Directions)

Global Commerce

Whilst it’s still proving to be incredibly difficult for retailers to achieve global distribution, more and more mechanisms are becoming available to test new markets before a full-scale launch.

For many brands and retailers, marketplaces/pop-ups/localised social and International test-beds are becoming an essential component of a wider strategic international plan. No longer is the choice “where”... but how efficiently can you penetrate this new market given the awareness of your brand - and your ability to invest.

At Global Commerce we heard about the experiences from brands and retailers who have been increasingly seeking growth opportunities globally.

Topics we covered...

At  Global Commerce we discussed the following:

  • How to tackle the brand challenge with selling your products through new international marketplaces

  • Testing the water ahead of a permanent investment with the use of 3rd party relationships, social and other channels

  • Top Tips for scaling your entry - from social to own stores and stand-alone digital

  • The strategic opportunities and challenges with global eCommerce expansion

Who attended?

  • Founders, CEO's and Owners


  • Directors of International, Marketing, eCommerce, Digital, Customer Experience, Operations, Finance, Logistics

  • Heads of International, Marketing, eCommerce, Digital, Customer Experience, Operations, Finance, Logistics


Mark Cowdery

Mark Cowdery

Head of International Franchise & Wholesale Operations, L.K.Bennett

Mark is currently Head of International Franchise & Wholesale at L.K.Bennett having joined 6 months ago, prior to this period he worked at T.M.Lewin as Head of International Franchise for just under 10 years. Mark introduced the brand into its’ first international store in Singapore and supported the growth into 11 overseas markets and operating in excess of 100 locations, which ranged from the traditional Middle East to the more ground-breaking region of West Africa. Mark’s is currently remit is developing a strategy plan for China where L.K.Bennett currently trade in 5 locations with a franchise partner and defining a global approach to online marketplaces.

Mark’s LinkedIn
L.K.Bennett’s Website

Spencer Hudson

Spencer Hudson

Global Technical Solutions Manager, GHD

Spencer is an experienced solutions architect and currently the Global Technical Solutions Manager at GHD (a leader and innovator in hair styling), having worked within the digital team for the past 16 years, gaining extensive experience in all the operational aspects of international eCommerce and performance optimistation. He is responsible for the technical operation and performance of multiple international websites, including the UK.

He is also a keen runner (completing two consecutive marathons in support of the 401 Challenge) and an avid consumer of all things Sci-Fi.

Spencer’s LinkedIn
GHD’s Website

Antony Comyns

Antony Comyns

Head of eCommerce, Hawes & Curtis

Antony Comyns is the Head of eCommerce at Hawes & Curtis – a leading heritage menswear and womenswear brand. In 2007, Antony took the position to run the Hawes & Curtis eCommerce business in it’s second year of trading. Since then, he has taken it from a small localised business to a successful international eCommerce site with four websites, serving more than 80 countries.

Originally from New Zealand, Antony’s first job in the UK was at Liberty of London where he was in charge of mail order and subsequently Muji, where he spent five years. Following that, Antony worked for Jake, a women’s fashion mail order business, where he used his experience from Liberty.

Antony’s expertise in mail order took him to GUS where he worked for McCord’s (furniture and homeware) and Innovations (gadgets and innovated products).

Antony’s LinkedIn
Hawes & Curtis Website

Mark Batty

Mark Batty

Country Director Germany & Rest of World, Boden

Mark is Country Director Germany & Rest of World at Boden, where he is responsible for managing and developing Boden’s international markets in Germany, France, Australia, and emerging markets such as China.

Before joining Boden, Mark worked at ASOS for three years, where he was responsible for developing the six strategic international markets of the US, Australia, Germany, France, Italy & Spain. He then spent his last two years as Territory Manager for Russia & New Markets, where he launched the local websites in Russia and China.

Prior to that Mark worked in various Digital Marketing roles at Woolworths, Biglight and Mexx in the Netherlands where he lived for 5 years.

Mark’s LinkedIn
Boden’s Website

Aaron Winsloe

Aaron Winsloe

UK Managing Director, Myprotein

Aaron works at The Hut Group, a leading player in health and beauty eCommerce. Aged 27, he is now driving the UK strategy for the company’s largest brand, Myprotein, having started with them 3.5 years ago to launch the brand into Asia. Although young, his knowledge is specific, focussed and up-to-date in today’s eCommerce environment.

Myprotein website
Aaron’s LinkedIn

Aman Anand

Aman Anand

Chief Operating Officer, Ispirare Accessories

Aman Anand co-founded and runs a fashion jewellery supplier called Ispirare Accessories Limited that designs and manufactures for the likes of Boohoo, Zara and everyone in between. He has also had experience of running a fashion ecommerce startup, Lyla Loves, that launched in markets such as China, India and South Africa, to great success.

Aman’s LinkedIn
Ispirare Accessories Website

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

VP and Chief Digital Officer - Office Depot

Proven track record with over 15 years working in international Digital, eCommerce and Technology leadership roles;

Joined Office Depot in October 2013 as Vice President eCommerce & Marketing Operations. In 2015 this role was expanded to include leadership of the information technology organisation and restructured to create a fully integrated digital function. As CDO Jonathan provides leadership of the digital strategy, information technology, architecture and transformation for the Office Depot and Viking Direct businesses in Europe. Further, he leads the Digital Operations function which encompasses several key capabilities that enable excellence in omni-channel commerce – Product Management, Customer Experience & Journey Optimisation, Master Data Management, Onsite Search Engineering, User Research and User Experience Design.

Prior to joining Office Depot, Jonathan was at Belkin International and prior to that Ingram Micro. Originally from Australia, he studied Management Information Systems & eCommerce at the University of Tasmania before relocating to the United Kingdom.

Jonathan’s LinkedIn
Office Depot Website



Registration & Networking Breakfast 


Welcome -  Commerce Futures


Aman Anand, Chief Operating Officer - Ispirare Accessories


Spencer Hudson, Global Technical Solutions Manager - GHD


Coffee Break & Networking


Panel Q&A
Moderated by Jamie Hancox, Founder of Commerce Futures, with appearances from;

Aaron Winsloe - UK Managing Director - Myprotein
Antony Comyns - Head of eCommerce - Hawes & Curtis
Jonathan Newman - Chief Digital Officer - Office Depot
Mark Cowdery - Head of International Franchise & Wholesale Operations - L.K.Bennett


Mark Batty, Country Director Germany & ROW - Boden


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