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Explore key trends and disruptions that impact revenue and drive the e-commerce and technology strategies that power retailing, distribution, and merchandising decisions in travel.
Stephanie Linnartz is one of the most experienced, influential and accomplished leaders in the travel, leisure and lifestyle spaces. She currently oversees a wide range of critical business functions at Marriott International, with a portfolio of more than one million rooms, 6,700 properties, 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories with 750,000+ managed and franchise associates, and one of the largest loyalty programs in the world.
Her distinct ability to forecast and manage shifts and disrupters in the dynamic travel industry is informed by years of experience overseeing venerable brands, IT and Innovation.
Named one of the world's most influential marketing executives by Forbes, Stephanie has a unique perspective on consumer sentiment and spending across the globe.
She started her career at Hilton Hotels Corporation; joined Marriott in 1997 as a financial analyst, working her way up in a wide range of positions with increasing scope; and is now one of the company’s highest-ranking executives.
Linnartz also serves on the Board of Home Depot.
Chief Experience & Innovation Officer at Carnival Corporation
John Padgett, Chief Experience and Innovation Officer, ensures the largest cruise company in the world creates experiences that exceed Guest needs, wants and desires.
Creates original, "Game Changing" Experiences through the fusion of Creative, Technology and Operations all centered on the Guest.
Designs guest experience strategies that are fundamentally transforming the vacation industry through personalization at scale, and the creation of experience intelligence. Leverages IoT and wearable technology to create a guest experience platform using the OceanMedallion on Princess Cruises.
Develops and produces original experiential content that expands markets by leveraging multiple franchises across multiple networks as well as innovative digital distribution. Responsible for overall development, brand and performance.
NBC/Telemundo: The Voyager with Josh Garcia
ABC: Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin
ABC: Vacation Creation
Univision: La Gran Sorpresa
A&E Networks: Good Spirits
OTT: Local Eyes
Previous work at Disney Parks and Resorts included the invention, development and implementation of many guest experience innovations including MagicBand, FastPass+, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Disney’s Magical Express.
Awards / Distinctions:
• CES 2017 Keynote Appearance
• 2017 Fast Company List of Most Innovative Companies – Design and Travel categories
• 99 Trademarks Created
• 31 Patent Registrations
• 4 Emmy Nominations
• 24 Telly Awards
• 2019 CES Innovations Awards.
Founder & CEO at Skift
Rafat is the CEO/Founder of Skift, the largest business intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data, and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry.
Previously, he was the founder/CEO of paidContent and ContentNext, which he sold to UK's Guardian News and Media in 2008, and left in 2010. Prior to that, he was managing editor of Silicon Alley Reporter.
Rafat was the Knight Fellow at Indiana University, where he completed his Masters in Journalism, 1999-2000. Prior to that he completed his BSc in Computer Engineering, from AMU in Aligarh, India.
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Vice President, Digital products & analytics at United Airlines
Principal at Deloitte Digital
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Managing Director at Deloitte Digital
President and Co-Founder at Koddi
Moderator at Skift
Head of advanced technologies group at UBER
Moderator at Skift
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Head of Research & Innovation at AMADEUS
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Co-founder, CTO at Skylights
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VP & CIO at Alaska Airlines
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