Ted Souder, head of industry – retail, at Google will sit down for a question and answer session with Adam Kaufman, adviser at JumpStart, on May 3, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel during ASPIRE 2018.
A 16-plus year veteran at Google, Ted is currently the head of industry – retail. In this role, he manages a team that oversees the Google experience for some of the largest retailers in the world. His team is tasked with helping retailers leverage the power of digital and acts as the main point of contact for Google’s various products and services.
Prior to his role in retail, Ted lived in Paris, France, as part of an exclusive rotation program for senior leaders in the company. While in Paris, Ted oversaw key efforts in Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the head of international strategic sales and operations. Ted also served as a regular industry speaker, an employee mentor and was a member of the executive management team for the SEEMEA region. Earlier in his career at Google, Ted held a number of different leadership roles in sales and account management and was responsible for helping open and run Google’s offices in Chicago, Dallas and Detroit.
Ted is an early adopter having worked in the mid and late 90’s at early online brands AOL and Excite, as well as groundbreaking social music startup, Echo Networks.
Ted is actively involved in various civic and educational organizations. He is vice chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, a member of the executive advisory board of the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver, and on the board of directors at both the Economic Club of Chicago and at 1871, the largest technology incubator in the United States.
Ted graduated from the University of Denver and resides in Chicago with his wife and two children.