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Retail consultancy announces management changes

NEW YORK — Management consultancy Kurt Salmon announced John Karonis will move into the role of deputy chief executive officer and Brooks Kitchel, long-time retail specialist, will replace Karonis as head of the firm's global retail and consumer products group.

"With these promotions, we are aligning Kurt Salmon's deep expertise and experience with the needs of our global client base to propel our firm forward," said Kurt Salmon CEO Chiheb Mahjoub. "We have 75 years of excellence in the retail and consumer products sector. Brooks Kitchel will carry on that storied tradition, advising industry leaders around the world."

Kitchel brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his role. Named one of Consulting magazine's Top 25 Consultants for Client Service and Leadership in 2009, his expertise covers execution of major change efforts focused on both growth and cost-cutting. Kitchel's clients include many of the world's most renowned retailers.

"My objective is to build on the significant contributions John [Karonis] has made to our global practice," said Kitchel. "We are a client-centric organization, and my aim is to keep pushing us in that direction."

As deputy CEO, Karonis will focus on optimizing firm operations, leveraging nearly 25 years of experience helping clients with inventory optimization and supply chain strategy and systems.

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