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Martin Newman, Chairman

Martin Newman

Chairman, Practicology

Martin Newman is known globally as one of the foremost authorities on eCommerce and Multichannel retailing.

Widely considered a thought leader, Martin is the founder, and Chairman of one of the fastest growing Global e-commerce & multi channel retail consultancies, and is an experienced Non Executive Director.

Martin’s achievements cover over 30 years in Retail, including heading up the Multichannel operations of some of the world’s leading brands including Burberry, Intersport, Pentland Brands (Speedo, Berghaus), Harrods and Ted Baker.

Martin was listed in Retail Week’s top 50 eTail Power List for 5 years in a row and was recently named in the top 20 of Retail Insiders top 100 Retail movers & shakers in 2016.

He has judged the World Retail Awards, the PayPal eTail Awards and has judged the Online Retail Awards of Australia and is Chairperson annually at a host of Industry events.

Martin regularly travels around the world to deliver keynotes about the current and future state of Multichannel retailing and global eCommerce trends, and is a regular contributor to various industry titles including Retail Week, Power Retail (Australia), Campaign (Asia) and Drapers. He recently shared a stage with the founder of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the World Retail Congress, to talk about what’s next for the web and what does it mean for retailers.

As the Chairman of Practicology, a leading global strategic multichannel consulting practice, Martin has overseen the growth of the business to over 60 full time employees, and a global footprint with offices in London, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as clients in the United States and EU. He has a list of household clients including American Eagle, Tesco, Pandora, Canon, Sketchers, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Boots, House of Fraser, B&Q, Waitrose, Ted Baker, Barbour, Hobbycraft, adidas, Nike, Thomas Pink, Esprit & Kathmandu to name a few.

Martin regularly advises the boards of his clients on their key strategic questions and challenges including how to put the customer first, omnichannel strategy, the role of the store, how many stores they need as their web sales increase, how they should prioritise their investments and roadmap for growth, how to internationalise and into which markets, how to turn their data into insight, and how to structure the organisation to be customer centric.

Martin is also a board member of several renowned retail companies including Conviviality PLC and White Stuff.

Martin also sits on the KPMG IPSOS Retail Think Tank.