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Ratnakar Lavu


Chief Technology Officer
Ratnakar Lavu, Kohl’s chief technology officer, is responsible for overseeing Kohl’s technology team. Lavu leads the transformation of Kohl's omnichannel customer experience, creating a best-in-class experience in retail across mobile, social, kiosk, web and in-store point of sale. He helped expand Kohl’s presence in Silicon Valley, with the opening of Kohl’s Digital Center in Milpitas. Lavu previously served as executive vice president, digital technology.

Prior to joining Kohl's in 2011, Lavu was chief technology officer at Redbox Automated Retail, LLC and group vice president, e-commerce and information technology with Lavu has more than 20 years of retail experience.

Speaking in:

Monday Jan 16
11:30 - 12:30 PM
EXPO Hall, Room 1, Level 1

Today’s shopper is digitally savvy, highly empowered, and demands meaningful experiences where ‘ME’ is key. Competitive pressures, on the other hand, are forcing retailers to stay relevant to the shopper.  Succeeding on... Read more

Tuesday Jan 17
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Hall D, Special Events Hall, Level 1

In today’s fast-paced omnichannel retail environment, the expectations of what technology will deliver are at a premium. Kohl’s Chief Technology Officer Ratnakar Lavu will share his experience on driving technology to evolve a... Read more