Senior Leader with proven business and consulting track record

Stuart Leighty is a Partner at Columbus Consulting. He is an experienced professional with over 30 years of experience across multiple functions in both retail and wholesale industries. Stuart has successfully led large process and systems implementations that included organization and change management. Strong ability to influence and build collaborative relationships across all levels and functions of an organization, driving buy-in and ownership of initiatives and objectives. His past leadership roles have led to interim roles as consulting engagements.  Prior joining Columbus Consulting in 2011, Stuart held senior leadership positions with Hallmark Cards, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, and Payless ShoeSource.


  • Helzberg Diamonds – Business Lead
    • Led system selection process, then design and implementation of Merchandise Planning, Demand Planning, Replenishment, Assortment Planning and Product Lifecycle Management applications
  • J. Crew – Interim SVP Planning and Allocation
    • In addition to leadership role, also carried forward business transformation developed by McKinsey and developed MP&A Technology Roadmap
  • Hostess – Interim SVP Supply Chain
    • In addition to leadership role (Demand, Supply, D.C. Transportation, and Customer Service), as part of brand relaunch, led implementation of Demand and Supply planning applications and processes
  • Vera Bradley – Business Lead
    • Merchandise and Account planning process design that led to Interim VP of Planning. Implementation of JDA EP/DP
  • Tory Burch – Business and Functional Lead
    • Designed and implemented Wholesale Account and Merchandise Planning processes and applications, including organizational design
  • Carhartt – Business and Functional Lead
    • Developed Merchandise, Account, and Demand Planning processes as well as Costing, and PLM processes. Developed and implemented wholesale Merchandise Planning application


  • Merchandise Planning
  • Omni Channel Planning
  • Demand Forecasting/Replenishment
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Pricing Optimization
  • Supply Planning
  • Assortment Planning


  • Business Process Design
  • Functional Design
  • Business Requirements/System Selection
  • System Implementation
  • Executive Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Retail Consultant


  • Helzberg Diamonds
  • J. Crew
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Hostess
  • Vera Bradley
  • Tory Burch
  • Carhartt

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