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Ian McGarrigle

Have worked in business to business journalism, publishing and event organising for the retail industry for over 30 years, in particular with Retail Week, Retail Solutions, Retail Interiors, Retail World and now the World Retail Congress and Awards.

About Me

Ian has over 35 years’ experience working within the UK and international retail sector as a journalist, editor, and publisher and as founder and Chairman of the World Retail Congress. He helped launch leading UK trade publication Retail Week, and developed a range of initiatives that have become key industry events, including the Retail Week Conference and the Retail Week Awards. In 2007 he launched the World Retail Congress to serve the international retail market. Ian has also been a Non-Executive Director of Saudi Arabia’s largest food retailer, Azizia Panda and is an advisory partner for the Candezent Advisory network of retail consultants. He writes a regular column for the German retail magazine, Handelsjournal and has spoken at retail events around the world.


Partner at Bell Pottinger

Feb 2012 — Dec 2014

London, UK

Chairman at World Retail Congress

Jan 2007 — Jan 2014

Congress Director at Ascential Plc

Mar 2006 — Feb 2012

Editorial and Brand Development Director at Emap Communications

Jan 2000 — Jan 2006

Editor at For Him Magazine/Ad Hoc Advertising

Jan 1982 — Jan 1988

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