Founder and Managing Director DW Exec Consulting Ltd
Darren Williams (Known as DW) is Managing
Director at DW Exec consulting, and a Board Director at the Italian Wine
business Vini Italiani.
DW Exec specialises in Interim C-suite/non-exec,
Customer Experience and Location strategy. Darren also speaks on the industry
circuit as well as hosting and panel moderating at both corporate and charity
events. He currently holds 2 Ambassadorial roles, being a Schools Role Model
for Stonewall, and fundraising and awareness for Target Ovarian Cancer – the
disease to which he lost his Mother. He is also a former Chairman of the
Committee for the Retail Trust and continues to support the charity from the
DW has also worked closely with Retail Week
team for many years and is proud to have been a judge on their incredibly
popular ‘Store Manager of the Year’ award for the last 2 years.
DW entered the industry at the age of 17
and worked as a Store Manager from the age of 19 through to his late twenties,
then in 1998, was part of the team that launched Orange Retail, where he
quickly progressed to his first Area Management role.
Darren has experience across multiple genre
of the Retail industry, including leading the Argos business in London, and
heading up the expansion of the Hotel Chocolat Retail business between
2009-2014. More recent roles were Commercial Director at the UK arm of the
French Bakery Paul, and Country Director of T2, part of Unilever, where he
established the business in the UK and USA markets.
He is known for his action-orientated straight
talking approach, good humour and strong presentation skills. He is unashamedly
passionate about the Retail industry, both as a provider and a consumer and is
a true advocate for those who work within the sector, believing more needs to
be done to ensure Retail careers get the recognition they deserve.
A keen runner, he has completed 3 London
marathons and will continue further fundraising runs for Target Ovarian Cancer
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Darren.