Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry and Jane Stevenson, Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services Practice, Korn Ferry, to Speak at Detroit Economic Club on March

Topic: Why Innovation is Always in Style: Creating and Sustaining Growth in Any Economic Climate

Detroit, March 20, 2012 – Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry and Jane Stevenson, vice chairman, Board & CEO Services Practice, Korn/Ferry, will be the featured speakers at the March 20 meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. The topic of discussion will be “Why Innovation is Always in Style: Creating and Sustaining Growth in Any Economic Climate.”

The Detroit Economic Club is ranked among the top speaking platforms in the world. It is known to host prominent business, academic and government officials to discuss topics of vital importance to America’s future, from technology, energy and the environment to innovation.

First addressed in the book, Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth and Why Others Fail, co-authored by Stevenson, the conversation will take a deeper dive into how innovation is mandatory in today’s digitally fueled society.

Stevenson and Ahrendts will discuss what has enabled Burberry to outperform and how this classic iconic brand has harnessed the power of its culture to become the fourth fastest growing brand in the world, behind Apple, Google, and Amazon.

Stevenson said, “Innovation is a compelling topic. People are eager to learn how the most successful brands continuously reinvent themselves. Burberry is one of the most exciting case studies today in using a new innovation framework to thrive in a digital world.”

Ahrendts, Burberry Chief Executive Officer said, “It is truly an honor to speak to the members of the Detroit Economic Club–-the Club holds a special place in U.S. consciousness, combining a rich history with a focus on major corporate, economic and societal issues of today. This marriage of tradition and innovation provides the perfect backdrop for Burberry to share its transformation story."

About the Detroit Economic Club
The Detroit Economic Club was formed in 1934 as a platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. It is known internationally as a top speaking forum for prominent business and government leaders, who address members and their guests at the Club’s 35 meetings a season. With more than 3,000 members, the DEC is about vital issues, prominent voices, a commitment to education and inspiring leadership. The Club is proud to have hosted every sitting U.S. President since Richard Nixon and to be ranked among the top speaking platforms in the world.

About Burberry
Burberry is a global luxury brand distinguished by its British heritage, core outerwear and large leather goods base and one of the most recognised icons in the world.  In 2011, Burberry was named the 4th fastest-growing brand in the world by both Interbrand and WPP/BrandZ, and the 13th most innovative company globally by Fast Company magazine. It has been recognised in Interbrand¹s Top 100 Global Brands for the past three consecutive years, and was named 2011 Retailer of the Year at the Oracle World Retail Awards. In 2012, Burberry was named the International Retailer of the Year by the National Retail Federation of America.  Burberry, which is headquartered in London, was founded in 1856. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BRBY.L) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index.

About Korn/Ferry International
Korn/Ferry International, with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a premier global provider of talent management solutions. Based in Los Angeles, the firm delivers an array of solutions that help clients to attract, engage, develop, and retain their talent. Visit www.kornferry.com for more information on the Korn/Ferry International family of companies, and www.kornferryinstitute.com for thought leadership, intellectual property and research.

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