Harrods and Ocado bosses to speak at Travolution Summit

Two more top executives from outside the world travel have been booked to speak at next month’s Travolution Summit.

Harrods managing director Michael Ward  and Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner will both appear at the one-day event on April 20 where they will give their thoughts on how businesses outside the world of travel have survived the last year and, more importantly, how they plan to tackle the future.

Both have had highly successful careers. Ward (pictured) took up the role at Harrods in March 2006 having worked previously for Apax, a private equity company specialising in retail investments.

He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, holds an MBA and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Treasurers.

Not only does Steiner run Ocado but he also helped found the online grocery service in January 2000. Before founding it, Steiner spent eight years working for Goldman Sachs when he was based in London, Hong Kong and New York in its fixed income division.

Travolution editor Lee Hayhurst said: “Securing either one of these retail experts is a coup but to have both appearing at the same summit is great news.

“Both Ward and Steiner work for incredibly well-known brands dedicated to providing excellent service and quality product for their customers. It will be intriguing to hear their perspective not only on recent events, but also how they see the economy and their businesses moving forward.”

Now in its fifth year, the Travolution Summit has established itself as the leading strategic management conference for the UK travel industry. The Summit provides insight on distribution, marketing and innovation, drawing on how other sectors outside travel are meeting business challenges.

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