Hilding Anderson

Hilding Anderson

Hilding Anderson, Publicis Sapient’s Head of Retail Strategy, works with Fortune 500 companies and top global retailers to advise them on digital business transformation and how to drive higher performance in the changing digital landscape. Particular strengths are in digital business transformation, retail strategy for the data-driven retailer (CDP, algorithmic retail), engineering modernization, and growth strategy.

Hilding’s 20-year career started as an entrepreneur, founding a technology consulting services firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts focused on the retail and healthcare spaces. After a brief stint at a dot-com, he pursued an MBA at the University of Texas in Austin graduating in 2005 with a 3.8 GPA and specializing in Management and the entrepreneurial growth.

Following graduate school, he joined Publicis Sapient’s management consulting practice, working with boards and CEOs in the retail and financial services industries to transform their business. Partnering closely with clients, he developed digital and omnichannel business strategies, working closely with technologists to define and execute business strategy.

In addition, over the past decade, he has researched and published 5 books that document the changing digital landscape and consumer behaviors for retail. He also conducted annual in-depth evaluations of 70+ retailers omnichannel strategies in North America. Building on that expertise, he now leads the business strategy for Retail North America, guiding 40+ accounts on the right business strategy and path forward. His recent indicative work includes shaping a business transformation road map for a large department store, engaging with the chief digital officer of a top luxury apparel retailer in NY on GTM digital strategy and business justification, as well as partnering with a large home improvement retailer on the East Coast in experience strategy and innovation.

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