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Bijou Kurien to join jury in global retail competition

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Bijou Kurien, president and CEO of Reliance Lifestyle, to join the prestigious line up of leading retail industry figures responsible for selecting the winners of the Oracle World Retail Awards in 2010.

Retail businesses now have just two weeks left to put themselves forward for consideration by the prestigious judging panel, with the fast approaching deadline for entries set for 11 December 2009.

Presented each year during global industry gathering, the World Retail Congress, the 2010 awards are set to take place for the first time in Berlin. Designed to recognise the outstanding innovation and creativity delivered by retailers across the globe, the gala awards ceremony is firmly established as one of the most important dates in the global retail calendar and continues to act as a benchmark of excellence in the key areas that are important to modern retailing.

Members of the jury are:
Laura Wade-Gery, CEO,
Matt Rubel, President & CEO, Collective Brands Inc.
Richard Simonin, Group CEO, Etam Group
Dr Wu Jianzhong, Chairman, Wumart Group
Dow Famulak, European President, Li & Fung USA
Bernie Brookes, CEO, Myer
Ibrahim Kanburoglu, General Director, Koton
Bijou Kurien, President and CEO, Reliance Industries
Dr Gordon Campbell, Managing Director, Spar International
Mohammed Alshaya, CEO, Alshaya
Andrew Jennings, Group MD Retail, Woolworths South Africa
Paul Charron, Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus LLC & Chairman Campbell Soup
Mindy Grossman, Global CEO, HSN Inc
W. Sean Ford, Vice President, Global Business Unit Marketing, Oracle

“The Oracle World Retail Awards are like the lighthouse in the world retailing industry, shining with the best practice of retail excellence, business model and innovation. The whole process of selecting the awards candidates also demonstrates the judgement on the world retail development trend, which benefits the sustainable growing of retail industry,” comments Dr. Wu Jianzhong, chairman, Wumart Stores.

The Grand Jury will meet in Berlin on 20 April 2010, two days before the awards ceremony, to discuss the shortlist at length.

The twelve category winners will be revealed at the Oracle World Retail Awards gala dinner, on 22 April 2010 at the German Historic Museum, Berlin. The awards are a major, and growing, part of the extensive World Retail Congress programme, which will equally be held at the Intercontinental Berlin from 21 to 23 April 2010.

— IndiaRetailing Bureau

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