Retail Systems Specialist Columbus Consulting International Names New Partners

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Jan. 24, 2017 – Columbus Consulting International, a leading industry consultancy specializing in retail business processes and systems, today announced the addition of two new partners, Stuart Leighty and Marc Skinner. The addition of Leighty and Skinner to Columbus Consulting’s leadership team will extend Columbus’ depth and breath in Merchandise and Assortment Planning and provide its clients with expert counsel on retail business processes.

Stuart Leighty is an experienced retail and wholesale professional with a broad background in Merchandise and Assortment Planning, Forecasting, Demand Planning, Size Management, Allocation/Replenishment, Store Segmentation, Space Planning, Strategic Planning, Product Lifecycle Management and Product Buying and Sourcing. He has extensive experience with business process evaluation, design and systems development. He also contributes experience in change management, team building and leadership development. Prior to working with Columbus Consulting, Stuart served as a corporate officer with Hallmark, Victoria’s Secret, Gap and Payless Shoe Source.

“I am thrilled to become a partner with Columbus Consulting,” said Leighty. “The past four years as a principal with Columbus have been tremendous, and I am excited to continue working with such an outstanding team of consultants.”

Marc Skinner brings over 20 years’ experience developing and implementing retail merchandising systems. Marc consults in customer-facing roles and advises on implementing Merchandise Planning and Allocation systems with a focus on integration, application configuration and BI reporting. Prior to joining Columbus Consulting, Marc held development roles at IBM, JDA and i2, where he delivered industry-leading Merchandise Planning and Allocation systems.

“Having been closely associated with Columbus Consulting for more than 10 years, it’s a privilege to join the partnership,” said Skinner. “I look forward to providing my extensive experience in Merchandise and Assortment Planning to grow the business, especially in international markets.”

“We are excited to announce the addition of Stuart and Marc to our leadership team,” said Jon Beck, CEO, Columbus Consulting. “Their combined history and experience in the retail industry offers a unique perspective to our growing team of highly experienced specialists in retail systems and processes.”


About Columbus Consulting International

Founded in 2001, Columbus Consulting comprises a team of highly experienced specialists in retail systems and processes. We combine pragmatism, innovation and years of experience to deliver services ranging from strategic insight to tactical project delivery. Our experience stems from holding executive responsibility in retail, and from successfully managing some of the most challenging projects in the industry. To learn more, visit


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