Proven Retail Leadership & Implementation Experience

Debra is a Partner with Columbus Consulting International LLC. She has been consulting for over 10 years and has 35+ years of retail experience, predominantly in Merchandise Planning, Store Planning, Allocation and Replenishment in addition to Store Operations and Finance. Her responsibilities have included numerous implementations, extensive change management, training, managing large organizations and instilling common processes across multiple teams in conjunction with systems.  


  • Herschel Supply Co.
    • System Selection for MFP, Demand and Replenishment, Allocation based including requirements, RFI, RFP, vendor demos and demo/vendor scoring.
  • Christmas Tree Shops
    • Project Manager for Finance Systems Carveout for CTS, achieving technical independence from Bed Bath & Beyond. Conducted vendor demos, scoring, and ultimately vendor selection.
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
    • System Selection for MFP, Demand and Replenishment, Allocation based on user requirements.
    • Conducted vendor demos, scoring, and ultimately vendor selection.
    • Project manager for overseeing EDI compliance for dropship vendors.
  • J.C. Penney – Various Vice President, Director of P&A & Direct Inventory Roles
    • Responsible for merchandise/store planning and allocation/replenishment of Men’s and Children’s. Key member of JCP centralization process – drove major change management initiatives including merchandise/store planning, seasonal/assortment planning and transitions to new P& systems
  • Victoria’s Secret Stores – Various Director Roles in Financial Planning, Store Administration, Merchandise Planning & Control, Inventory Manager
    • Held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in financial reporting, store operations and planning and allocation during VSS’s rapid growth period
  • Claire’s Accessories – Vice President, Planning & Allocation
    • Responsible for planning and allocation of all merchandise categories for Claire’s and Icing stores in North America and Japan


  • Merchandising & MP&A
  • Change Management
  • Merchandise Planning
  • Assortment Planning
  • Vendor Management


  • Financial Reporting
  • System Design
  • Inventory Operations
  • System Selection
  • Retail Consultant


  • Herschel Supply Co.
  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Leslie’s Pool Supplies
  • Smart & Final
  • Cash & Carry
  • Cabela’s
  • TJX Corporation
  • Guitar Center

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