Leslie Hand, group vice president, IDC Retail Insights, was named a Top Retail IT Influencer by BizTech Magazine. Widely recognized as an authority on the evolving retail IT landscape, Leslie boasts nearly three decades of experience in retail and more than 13 years serving as a trusted industry analyst with IDC Retail Insights. As Group Vice President, Leslie is responsible for spearheading the direction of IDC Retail Insights’ research, managing the team, and helping technology suppliers and buyers develop best practices and strategies, leveraging IDC quantitative and qualitative data sets. Follow Leslie on Twitter @lesliehand or LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/lesliehand.
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As one of the most highly sought-after resources in the retail IT industry, Leslie’s research focuses on the digital transformation of the future store. Her research library explores how retailers are building platforms and solution sets that enable real-time, AI-supported customer and employee experiences that improve the new metrics of retail. Her coverage of retail operations illuminates the accepted vision for the future of retail and how retailers are applying technology to drive more resilience and innovation in the entire retail ecosystem. Check out Leslie’s latest research, including the much anticipated IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Retail 2022 Predictions, HERE.
Leslie is a frequent speaker, presenter, and moderator at top industry events, including the National Retail Federation “Big Show” (NRF) in NYC in January and the Retail Innovation Conference and Expo in Chicago in May. Leslie holds an Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management from MIT Sloan, has been awarded IDC’s most prestigious and highest honor for research excellence, The James Peacock Award, and is regularly quoted as an industry expert in top-tier media outlets. She serves as a trusted voice of reason and go-to resource on the most important IT trends to impact the retail industry.
“We are not surprised that Leslie continues to be acknowledged for her keen understanding of the retail IT industry and thoughtful recommendations to guide strategic IT decisions among today’s top retailers,” said Bob Parker, senior vice president, IDC. “Clients value her opinion, trust her recommendations, and appreciate her wealth of experience as they navigate the changing tides of a digital-first world. We are proud of her continued hard work and grateful to call her an integral member of the IDC community.”