NEW YORK (June 29, 2015) - Fung Business Intelligence Centre Executive Director-Head of Global Retail & Technology Deborah Weinswig has been named an Executive Board Member of the Tucson, Ariz.-based Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona, FBIC announced today.

Named for University of Arizona alumnus Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy's Inc., The Lundgren Center joins academia and retail to educate the next generation of retail leaders. Weinswig and FBIC join leading retail and technology companies in becoming partners on the corporate advisory board, assisting in various programs (including internships and lectures) throughout the year.

Deborah Weinswig

"Fung Business Intelligence Centre and I are honored to join some of the most successful and prestigious companies and organizations in the industry today in supporting the Terry J. Lundgren Center," Weinswig says. "Research and education are at the core of what we do, and helping to prepare the next generation of retail executives is a true privilege."

Other corporate partners for the Center are: Altria, AVNET, Dick's Sporting Goods, EJ Gallo Winery, Gordon Brothers Group, The Home Depot, Intel, JCPenney, Kohl's, LVMH, Leonisa, Macy's, National Association of Retail Buyers & Sellers, National Retail Federation, Nike, PetSmart, Planalytics, REI, SAP, Supima, Target, Toys R Us, the University of Arizona BookStores, Walgreens, Walmart and Winston Retail.

The Center also hosts an annual Global Retailing Conference in Tucson, drawing some of the biggest names in retailing to discuss current trends and challenges. 

"We're thrilled that Deborah and FBIC are supporting our efforts," says Kimberley Brooke, associate director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center. "Deborah is an industry superstar, with a unique global perspective on research and technology that will inform our students and programs."

An advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, Weinswig joined FBIC in 2014 to offer her unique viewpoints on the disruptive technology trends and innovations that are reshaping the global retail industry.  Recent reports issued by the group include: "Global Department Store Retailing," "The Disruptor Series: Retail in the New Connected World," "China Retail: Department Stores Reinvented," and "A Booming Opportunity: Profiting from a Graying America." All of the group's reports and analyses can be found at www.fbicgroup.com and www.deborahweinswig.com.

Prior to joining FBIC, Weinswig's experience as an award-winning Wall Street retail analyst has given her a global perspective on retail, retail real estate and technology, covering such retailers as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy's, Walgreens and The Home Depot. In addition, she advises startups working with retailers on digital strategies and other business and logistical issues. 

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