Matt is a business entrepreneur and technical professional with over 30 years’ experience in the retail sector, including 20 years in the Far East.
Initially having supported BAA with the implementation of their first retail programmes in the UK, Matt moved to Hong Kong in 1996 to assist Marks & Spencer with their expansion across Asia. Working closely with senior executives, finance and property in the M&S Asia team, Matt prepared review market entry strategies, review property and store development feasibility, and oversaw the delivery of new regional store expansion.
In 2004, Matt led the team that developed and implemented the strategy for one of the world’s largest retail rollouts with a major international sports apparel retailer, culminating with over 15,000 outlets delivered in Asia. This resulted in driving significant and tangible cost and time savings; pushing the retailer to the number one position in Asia.
With over 20 years’ experience in Asia including establishing and building Asia’s largest and most successful retail project and store development consultancy, Matt has unrivalled experience across the Asia region, with hundreds of international brands seeking to enter or expand across the dynamic and fast growing Far East. Most recently, Matt held the position of Global Head of Retail at Arcadis, one of the world’s largest design and consultancy businesses, and the acquirer of his own successful Asian business.
With a keen interest in technology and digital, Matt also founded Retail in Asia (retailinasia.com), Asia’s number one online retail news portal, and acquired MoniMedia, one of Asia’s leading retail digital and e-commerce agencies – both active and successful businesses in multiple Asian markets.
Now London-based, Matt joined Quarto to assist and advise our international clients on market entry options for the Asia region; supporting expansion through sourcing suitable partners or management talent, introducing key support, and developing strategies for the successful rollout of infrastructure and stores.