Retail consulting firm Columbus Consulting has announced the immediate partnership with Andrew Jennings OBE, a prior CEO and highly accomplished global retail executive with more than 45 years of achievement and transformation at some of the world’s most respected retail brands.

Recognised for his leadership capabilities and performance-driven management style, Andrew commands a vast knowledge of consumer trends, vendor networks and retail practices in mature and emerging markets. He has distinguished himself in senior executive positions in six countries and on four continents including Harrods and House of Fraser in United Kingdom, Brown Thomas in Ireland, Holt Renfrew in Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA, Woolworths in South Africa and Karstadt in Germany. He is a respected voice for the global retail industry, a frequent media commentator and sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences and forums on the subject of leadership, change, innovation and relevance.

According to Columbus Consulting Partner, Charlotte Kula-Przezwanski, a long-term business colleague of Andrew’s and current Head of EMEA for Columbus, “We could not be more thrilled to have Andrew on-board. His strategic insights and industry knowledge will bring a deeper layer to our retail and brand partnerships.”

Andrew will serve as a strategic advisor, be showcased at events, guide Columbus’ clients on their long-term initiatives and partner on content and workshops to drive added value. In response to his new role with Columbus, Andrew commented: 

“Columbus Consulting is unique in the market. They are not just a retail consulting firm; they are true practitioners and are at the forefront of the industry. Working with Charlotte and the EMEA team will create a great opportunity for retailers to tap into true talent and develop synergies with their own teams to drive transformation and scalable results.”

Charlotte and Andrew are available for initial consultations. Schedule formal appointments at

More About Andrew

In addition to his business credentials, Andrew serves as Chair of The Prince’s Trust Corporate Advisory Board – a charity which has changed the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK. He was awarded the ‘Grande Officiale al Merito’ by the President of Italy – the highest Italian civilian honour.  In 2021 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List as Global Retail Advisor for services to International Trade, Fashion and Retail.  In July 2022 Andrew was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Surrey [DUniv] Honoris Causa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the retail sector and his input and continued support at the Surrey Business School. Andrew’s book “Almost Is Not Good Enough – How to Win and Lose in Retail” published in 2017. For more on Andrew visit:

About Columbus Consulting

Columbus Consulting delivers solutions that drive true value and have been transforming the retail and CPG industries for over two decades. We are a boutique retail consulting company of industry experts.   Our approach is simple, if you do it, we do it. We are more than consultants; we are experienced practitioners who actually sat in our clients’ seats. We understand the challenges, know what questions to ask and deliver the right solutions.  Columbus offers a unique, consumer-centric approach with an end-to-end perspective that bridges functional & organization silos from strategy to execution.  Our specialties include: unified commerce, planning & merchandising, sourcing & supply chain, inventory management, finance & operations, data & analytics, information technology and people & organization. Let us know how we can help you.  To learn more, visit COLUMBUSCONSULTING.COM.

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