Ted Souder

Head of Industry – Retail / Google, Inc.

A 19 plus-year veteran at Google, Ted Souder is currently the Head of Industry, Retail. In this role, Ted oversees a team that helps some of the largest retailers in the world Implement various strategies and tactics that will help ensure they are successful in today’s ever increasing omnichannel world. The pandemic has proven to be a “time machine to the future” and now more than ever there is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to utilize Google’s various products and platforms to deliver the best experiences possible for their customers. 

Prior to his role in retail, Mr. Souder lived in Paris, France as part of an exclusive rotation program for senior leaders in the company.  While in Paris, he oversaw key efforts in Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the Head of International Strategic Sales and Operations. Mr. Souder also served as a regular industry speaker, an employee mentor and was a member of the executive management team for the region.  Earlier in his career at Google, Mr. Souder 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.  

Mr. Souder is an early digital adopter having worked in the mid-and-late 90s at early online brands AOL and Excite, as well as a groundbreaking social music start up, Echo Networks. 

Currently Ted is Vice Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors at both The Economic Club of Chicago and at 1871, the No. 1 technology incubator in the world. 

Mr. Souder lives in Lincoln Park with his wife and two children. 

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