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Former Pringle chief and Google boss headline IOD conference

Kim Winser: keynote speaker

A former head of fashion label Pringle and the head of Google UK will be among the headline speakers at a key conference in Scotland on the weekend that Britain leaves the EU.

Kim Winser, founder and CEO of Winser London and former boss of Pringle, will be joined at the Institute of Scotland annual conference by Kevin Mathers, country sales director, Google UK; David Cutter, a supply & procurement officer at whisky giant Diageo; David Beurle, chief executive and founder of Future iQ;  and Edel Harris, chief executive of Cornerstone. 

The event, themed Architects of the New Scottish Economy, will be held at Gleneagles on 31 October –  Brexit day – and 1 November. Speakers will consider how to build an economy fit for the modern age.

Ms Winser was born in Helensburgh, and diverted from a promising tennis career to join Marks & Spencer in 1977 and became the retailer’s youngest appointed divisional director and first female in the commercial field.

Her turnarounds of Pringle of Scotland and Aquascutum were featured by the BBC in two separate programmes.

In early 2009, she was brought in by 3i to advise the firm on its retail and consumer investments and to chair one of its portfolio’s brands – Agent Provocateur. She repositioned the chain as a luxury brand, led its global expansion into new markets and almost tripled the company’s underlying profits.

Aidan O’Carroll, chairman of the IOD Scotland, said “This is a key event for Scottish businesses, especially with the Brexit deadline falling on the same week. 

“It is an excellent opportunity for business leaders to come together as a community to share ideas and concerns, while hearing from some of the country’s most experienced business people.”  

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