Nick Gowens is an experienced Executive Board Director, Strategic Advisor, Business Coach and Consultant, with over thirty years of achievement in the analytics, retail, real estate, leisure and food services industries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His specialist knowledge of retail analytics and retail technology solutions, coupled with deep market insight and commercial focus, deliver consistently successful and profitable outcomes across complex global environments.
Nick is an astute business consultant, providing start-ups and established companies with sound advice and expert support for new initiatives and projects throughout the UK and EMEA regions. He supports clients as a business coach, strategic advisor, Non-Executive Director and an interim or fractional CXO. He is committed, creative and decisive, analysing complex market opportunities and developing strategies for sales growth and long term profitability. He steers companies through organisational change, process improvement and business restructure, providing clear direction to achieve challenging goals and targets. A resourceful and confident communicator, Nick has a special aptitude for team building and project leadership across multiple locations and countries and is skilled at negotiating with internal and external customers to encourage consensus and performance improvements.
Included among Nicks’ skills are:
- Board Advisor, Business & Executive Coach
- Strategic Planning & Analysis
- Corporate Restructuring
- New Business Start-up
- Revenue Growth
- Financial & Budgetary Control
- Retail Technology Analytics
- Contract Negotiation
- Global Market Penetration
- International Brand Management
From the earliest point of his career as Trade Director with leading market research firm, The Nielsen Company, Nick demonstrated an intuitive ability to recognise and exploit the huge potential of business information. He played a key role in the launch of the UK’s first EPoS barcode scanning service and exceeded targets for sales of HBA and EPoS-based services to major retail clients. In successive senior positions at Business Blueprints, FootFall and ShopperTrak RCT, his strategic focus on in-store analytics solutions for Shopping Centre and retail client markets led to multiple high-value contracts, dynamic business growth and £MM revenues.
Nick is a Certified Business Coach and holds a BA with Combined Honours History & Politics – University of Exeter, MCIM – Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is a Member of The Market Research Society (MRS), Institute of Directors (IoD) , Chartered Institute of Marketing, International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres (MECSC).