Benedetto Conversano is Chief Digital and Information Technology Officer for consumer goods firm Avon Products Inc. He was previously Group Chief Information Officer of Jeronimo Martins, the Portuguese based international retailer with annual sales of over 16 billion euros and more than 100000 employees. Between 2010 and 2015, Benedetto was Chief Enterprise Architect for IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, where he was responsible for IT Strategy implementation. He joined IKEA in 2010 when the word “e-commerce” was a tabu, and he built – under the sponsorship of CEO Mikael Ohlsson – the transformation adventure to make IKEA bloom in the e-commerce business.
Before 2010, Benedetto spent 15 years at the consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble, where he learnt – with the coaching of CIO Filippo Passerini – how to build an IT organisation which transforms the business and becomes a contributor to market leadership. He built one of the first “big-data” systems which enabled P&G back in 2002 to report accurate financial information to Wall-Street faster than ever.
Since 2015, Benedetto Conversano has been the Group Chief Information Officer at Jeronimo Martins where he leads another digital transformation. His new retail customer digital app hit the record number of downloads in Portugal within one month from the launch
Benedetto has a strong passion for driving change through people, process innovation and technology: he is motivated by challenging working environments and by stretching business goals which require organisations to go beyond the accepted level of performance. Organisational development is Benedetto’s main focus area to deliver business results: his passion is to develop leaders and lately he is focusing on conflict management.
As an unconventional speaker, Benedetto Conversano will inspire his audience and encourage them to push all boundaries, whether it be professional or personal boundaries. He speaks with elegance, good intentions and with the profound belief that all of us, as human beings, have a mission greater than we believe we can achieve. Benedetto believes that we all have potential and that most of all, each of us has the duty to contribute to make this planet a better place to live and to leave to our future generations. Benedetto ensures he engages the audience in a creative debate which emanates a constructive and liberating energy in the room. He is vibrant, provoking and inspiring.
"Maria Franzoni is a highly qualified professional in her field, with an outstanding ability to match the needs of her clients with the skills of the speakers, finally resulting in a winning formula." Benedetto
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