Leon Nicholas

Vice President, Retail Insights & Solutions


Leon Nicholas works across WestRock’s commercial organization to advance retail insights across a broad portfolio of differentiated solutions for consumer goods and retail customers. Leon’s background includes over 25 years in the consumer goods and retail industry working for Hannaford Bros, Information Resources, Veridiem, and Global Insight. He joined Kantar Retail in 2008, where he led a team of retail analysts and advisors to retailers and manufacturers, and most recently served as its Chief Insights Officer.

Leon is widely-cited in the retail trade and national news media, including TV, radio, and print. He has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN Radio, Bloomberg, The Wall St. Journal, NPR, and Washington Post; a co-author in trade publications ranging from Drug Store News, MMR, and Progressive Grocer; and a panelist in industry forums ranging from NACDS, NRF, and GlobalShop. He is a sought-after presenter at numerous industry trade conferences and customer strategic engagements.

Leon earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from Bates College.

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Meet The Market Kick-Off Session: Rebooting Retail: Redefining the In-Store Experience with Digital

Far from the notion of a digital/physical divide in retail, today’s successful retailers are merging the two commerce platforms to re-define the role of both.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 157

Insight Session Front End

Retail Re-Emerging: Driving Differentiation and Relevance

Retail has re-emerged from its period of retrenchment as more differentiated, digitized, and convenient than at any time in its history.

Monday, August 26, 2019

8:00AM - 9:00AM

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 156 A