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Financial Times presents 'The Next 15' at the 2014 Business of Luxury Summit in Mexico City

Keynote addresses from Stella McCartney, William Lauder, Luis Videgaray Caso and Alejandro Ramirez

The Financial Times will host its tenth annual Business of Luxury Summit on 11-13 May 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City. Chaired by FT editor Lionel Barber, the premier event will bring together senior executives, decision makers and financiers from the global luxury sector to discuss the crucial markets and value systems that will shape the industry in the decade to come.

Since its launch in Shanghai in 2005, the summit has attracted the world’s most influential people in the luxury industry to debate the global financial crisis, innovation in technology and the rapidly changing habits of the luxury consumer.

The Americas has returned this year as luxury’s largest growth market and emerging markets are providing a new wave of opportunity. In Mexico – one of the most exciting and vibrant of the MINT economies – speakers and delegates will look closer at the next 15 emerging economies for the luxury industry, as well as emotional connectors from art to communications that will drive growth.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “As the luxury goods industry comes through a period of tremendous growth, new forces of disruption from political turmoil to social media are making this sector an exciting one to watch. At the Business of Luxury Summit, we will hear from the people who are navigating and capitalizing on the opportunities presented by these new challenges.”

Speakers include:

  • Marco Bizzarri, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bottega Veneta

  • Caroline Brown, President, Carolina Herrera

  • Willem H Buiter, Global Chief Economist, Citigroup

  • Jean Cassegrain, CEO, Longchamp

  • Gillian de Bono, Editor, How to Spend It

  • Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor, Financial Times

  • Ira Kalish, Global Chief Economist, Deloitte

  • Andrew Keith, President, Lane Crawford and Joyce

  • William P Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies

  • Christian Louboutin, Founder, Christian Louboutin

  • Stella McCartney, OBE, Designer

  • Guillermo Ortiz, Chairman, Grupo Financiero Banorte-Ixe, former Governor, Banco de México

  • Alejandro Ramirez, CEO, Cinepolis

  • Joseph Sitt, President and CEO, Thor Equities

  • Roberto Stern, CEO & Creative Director, H.Stern

  • John Studzinski, CBE, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

  • Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico

  • Martin Wolf, CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

The FT Business of Luxury Summit attracts senior executives from global luxury brands, luxury consultants, brand experts, fund managers, M&A specialists and securities and retail analysts.

Previous Summits have been held in Vienna, Marrakech, Lausanne, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Venice, Tokyo and Monte Carlo.

For more information about the 2014FT Business of Luxury Summit and a full list of speakers, visit http://www.ftbusinessofluxury.com/. Further news about the Summit will be available via @FTLive and #FTLuxury.

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For further information contact:

EMEA
Kristina Eriksson
T: +44 (0)207 873 4961
E: kristina.eriksson@FT.com

Americas
Ryann Gastwirth
T: +1-917-551-5094
E: ryann.gastwirth@ft.com

ASIA
Gemma Terry
T: +852 2905 5519
E: gemma.terry@ft.com

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 652,000 across (Deloitte assured, Q4 2013). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 62% of subscriber consumption, 45% of total traffic and almost a quarter of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

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