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FEPE Congress 2018 - Speakers' biographies

Tim Walsh
Vice President, Pitney Bowes Inc.
Tim Walsh joined Pitney Bowes in March 2003 and is currently Vice-President for Global Corporate and Regulatory. Dr Walsh works on various strategy, regulatory and technology projects across Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America and supports Pitney’s SMB, e-commerce, shipping and digital commerce business units. Tim currently serves as Chairman of EMOTA’s supply-chain and postal committee. He is Chairman of Digital Europe’s mail and parcels technology group and is a member of the US State Department’s international postal and delivery services advisory group. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Tim worked for Royal Mail (1990-2003)

Presentation title: Strategic developments in e-commerce

Overview of some of the strategic developments in e-commerce, including supply-chain trends, cross-border postal and private network developments and policy issues confronting carriers, shippers and recipients alike.

Maurits Bruggink
Secretary General, EMOTA (European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Trade Association)
Maurits has been involved in international advocacy, government affairs and trade association management for over 25 years in different positions. Maurits started as lawyer at the European Union Office of Arthur Andersen & C°, followed by a long spell as Managing Director at Brussels’s based lobby firm Grayling. He is a Member of the Strategic Committee of EURid, the .eu registry manager, Board member of EuroCommerce the European retail association, and oversees EMOTA’s contribution in European Commission Expert groups on the Fitness Check of EU consumer and marketing law. Maurits holds a Master in International Trade Law from the University of Leiden, NL.

Presentation title: Get your parcel packaged! Views from the web shop.

Maurits will give some insights on web shops and the way they look at packaging.  Does packaging have an influence on branding or is it just a technical detail in logistics? Can the choice of packaging  reduce my shipping costs or make my packaging operations more efficient? What is the influence of returns to choices of packaging?

Joost Van Nispen
Founder, chairman and CEO of ICEMD (Institute of the Digital Economy)
The ICEMD was founded by Joost in 1995 and  teaches the skills necessary for companies (and individuals) to compete successfully in the digital and data-driven economy. It has become the largest institution of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world. The ICEMD  has been part of ESIC Business & Marketing School since 2011. Joost is a member of the Executive Committee of the GDMA (Global DMA) and  is also on the board of ADIGITAL, the Spanish Association of the Digital Economy.  He is a member of the Pan-European Education and Accreditation Committee in Brussels.  Joost holds a Master of Science Degree from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He started his career at Time-Life (Europe) and for 13 years was a senior director of the Ogilvy & Mather Group. He  is a prolific writer on the digital economy and data driven marketing, and is a sought after teacher, trainer, consultant and speaker at Conferences and Congresses around the world. Joost was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has lived in Spain for the last 25 years

Presentation title: Six Generations in the Digital Age: How the six generations currently alive communicate, consume content and shop in a multi-media and omni-channel environment.

Joost will present the highlights of a study  commissioned by ICEMD which confirms the enormous vitality of digital, mobile and social communications among all age group. At the same time it uncovers unsuspected nostalgia for analogue communications especially among Generation X (adults born between 1965 and 1979) and, surprisingly, pockets of digital resistance among Generation Z (teenagers born between 1995 and 2009).

John Sanderson
Head of Environment, UK & Ireland, UPM

John has worked exclusively for UPM since graduating from the University of Wales 30 years ago with a degree in Wood Science & Forestry.  Learning the ropes in environmental management at UPM Shotton mill, John then spent a number of years in Finland at UPMs technical group researching waste paper recycling and waste water management.  The past 20 years has seen an increasing environmental focus and interest from customers and an unprecedented rise in the demand for sustainability education, commitment and performance by paper suppliers.  John’s focus more recently has been in supporting UPM's customers in this regard.

Presentation title: Responsibility is good business - Creating value for society through the Biofore strategy

Mark Harrison
Head of Markets, International Post Corporation
Mark Harrison joined the International Post Corporation (IPC) in 2002 and is the Head of Markets. The analysis and insights of the IPC Markets team are focused on global e-Commerce, data driven marketing, the global postal industry performance and postal sector sustainability. The team provides essential knowledge on trends affecting the strategic direction of the postal industry, while assisting postal operators to achieve profitable growth through innovation. Being an independent research body at the heart of the postal industry means that findings are objective, non-partisan and cost-effective.

Mark’s team is responsible for conducting research and analysis on market needs for cross-border e-Commerce and for translating these into postal service specifications to provide online retailers and SMEs the possibility to expand their business to global customers. As such Mark works regularly with senior executives from global platforms including Alibaba, Amazon, eBay, Google and Rakuten, as well as with academics and consultants specialising in the global supply chain.

Maynard Benjamin
President and CEO, US Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA) and the Global Envelope Alliance (GEA)
In addition to his EMA and GEA functions, Maynard was appointed president of the EMA Foundation for Paper-Based Communications and CEO in 2004. Maynard is a member of the Director's Council of the National Post Museum and a member of the Consultative Committee of the Universal Postal Union.

Presentation title: Transitioning the Envelope

Jean de Couëspel
Managing Director, GPV & FEPE Marketing Committee Chair
Jean de Couëspel, is a graduate in engineering – manufacturing. He has been active in the envelope industry for25 years, starting with various functions at Papeteries Navarre in France before joining the GPV group as factory manager in Navarre in 1999. In 2001 he became operations manager at the GPV Chapman UK plant and was promoted to President of the French GPV operations in 2010 and the GPV/Mayer UK operations in 2011.

David Gold
Royal Mail group, Director of Public Affairs & Policy
David has worked in communications and politics for almost 20 years. He joined Royal Mail in 2010 to oversee the passage of the Postal Services Act, allowing the flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. He played a prominent role in the preparation of the business’ sale and worked with CEO Moya Greene to overhaul the oppressive regulatory regime that restricted the company’s commercial freedom. He helped establish the Keep Me Posted campaign in 2013 as a defense against the rapid decline in business mail and to highlight the need for consumers to have choice.


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