Andy Chu is the Divisional Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile and Community Experiences (MCE) at Sears Holdings. Andy leads the MCE product organizations and is responsible for the P&L of the Sears and Kmart mobile business. Sears Mobile was named 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year by Mobile Commerce Daily. Prior to Sears, Andy spent over 11 years at Microsoft where he held a number of leadership roles in product, strategy, planning, and business development spanning Bing Mobile and Local, Windows Live Messenger Mobile and Hotmail Mobile, Windows Phone, cloud computing, low-cost PC in emerging markets and enterprise software businesses.
During his tenure at Microsoft, Andy structured a number of strategic telecom operator and OEM deals, including Nokia, Samsung, RIM, Orange Group, Vodaphone, China Mobile, Korea Telecom, etc. Andy has over 15 years of experience in the consumer services, mobile, display, search, enterprise IT and telecom industries, where he previously worked at Verizon Communications in RF engineering, product management, and strategic planning.
Parin Kothari is an experienced management consultant who works with macro-level strategic models primarily architecting the building blocks for a business that can withstand and monetize changes in the broader socio-economic environment, especially those related to the maturity of technology. Parin started his career at the Boston Consulting Group in South Asia and more recently was instrumental in establishing the business architecture practice at Wells Fargo Bank’s Internet Services Group. Today, he is at TD Bank’s North American Digital Channels organization driving product management, business architecture and operational maturity. Parin is also active in the community and works on education projects with several not-for-profit organizations across the globe.