Proven Leader in Project Management

Mr. McCarthy is an Alliance with Columbus Consulting. He has over 35 years of experience working with retail firms. He specializes in merchandising strategy, program and project management, operations improvement and systems integration. Experienced with all segments of retailing, with excellent communications skills. Capable of dealing effectively across all segments of an organization.


  • Malin+Goetz – Project Manager
    • Oversaw the selection and implementation of an ERP to replace Quickbooks for this rapidly growing Apothecary. The replacement system had to accommodate contract manufacturing, retail stores, forecasting, wholesale and e-commerce. The solution encompassed a number of applications, in that no single solution could satisfy the requirements. Managed from selection through go-live.
  • Ann, Inc. – Project Manager
    • Managed the conversion to a new hierarchy for the corporate reporting and merchandising systems. Consolidated all brands onto a common hierarchy. Developed a numbering structure that would permit better corporate analysis, and a mapping tool to permit the assignment of styles from the old to new hierarchy. Devised the migration approach to minimize the risks of conversion.
  • Carhartt Retail – Project Manager
    • Assisted with the opening of a retail division for this work wear manufacturer.  Helped select and implement POS and merchandising solutions to coincide with the opening of the first retail store, and to prepare for growth while developing merchandising and financial structures to allow the growth of the retail operation
  • Supervalu – Program Manager
    • Oversaw the effort to consolidate multiple systems architectures onto a single platform for the third largest US grocery retailer.  
    • Participated as a member of the Program Office to address issues of scope, strategy, timing, staffing and resourcing.


  • Merchandise Management
  • Business Transformation
  • Store Systems


  • Program Management
  • System Selection
  • Change Management
  • Business Transformation
  • Retail Consultant


  • Ann, Inc.
  • Carhartt
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Malin + Goetz
  • Supervalu

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