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David Abney of UPS Joins Macy’s Board

Macy’s Inc. has named David Abney, chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service Inc., to its board, effective Oct. 25. “David is a strong leader who understands what we need to win in this dynamic, competitive retail environment,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc. “David’s track record and expertise complement the skills and background of our current directors,” said Marna Whittington, Macy’s lead independent director. With the addition of Abney, Macy’s board has 11 members. Abney will serve on the compensation and management development committee. David Abney  Abney, 62, has been chairman and ceo of UPS since 2016 and 2014, respectively. Previously, he served as chief operating officer since 2007, with responsibility for logistics, sustainability and engineering across all facets of the UPS transportation network, which serves more than 220 countries and territories and includes a ground fleet of more than 96,000 vehicles and an air fleet of more than 500 aircrafts. Earlier, Abney was president of UPS International, and before that he was president of SonicAir, a same-day delivery service.

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LIM College to Be First to Offer Consumer Analytics Graduate Degree

The New York State Board of Regents has signed off on allowing LIM College to offer a master of science degree in “consumer analytics.” The approval comes as fashion retailers and brands step up efforts in using data and technology to inform product development, create a more personalized shopping experience, build customer loyalty and more. LIM College, which focuses “exclusively on the study of business and fashion,” said this will be the “first and only master’s degree program in the U.S. to focus specifically on data analytics in the fashion industry.” The program is set to launch in the fall, and will be designed to “equip students with the skills and knowledge essential for using customer data to drive business decisions.” Dr. Susan Baxter, LIM College’s dean of graduate studies, said the field of consumer analytics “offers a broad array of career opportunities.” Coursework will be compiled of 39 to 45 credits and will be completed in 18 months. “Graduates will be prepared to fill positions as data analysts, trend forecasters, business development specialists, market researchers and customer relationship managers on the retail, wholesale and brand sides of the global fashion business,” Baxter explained. “And as design and aesthetics, competition and globalization increasingly impact all kinds

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