January 30, 2006, 12:00 AM

Former AMR analyst Alexi Sarnevitz leads retail strategy at SAS

Alexi Sarnevitz, a former retail executive who most recently served as a retail industry analyst for AMR Research Inc., has joined business intelligence software provider SAS Institute Inc. as senior director of global retail strategy.

Alexi Sarnevitz, a former retail executive who most recently served as a retail industry analyst for AMR Research Inc., has joined business intelligence software provider SAS Institute Inc. as senior director of global retail strategy.

While at AMR, Sarnevitz analyzed the business intelligence products at SAS and other vendors. Prior to AMR, he was an associate partner at consultants Accenture, where he led the development and roll out of new processes and technologies in merchandising, marketing, pricing, supply chain and store operations.

Sarnevitz, with more than 20 years of experience dealing with technology designed to help merchants manage information across multiple operational functions, has also held senior management positions at retailers including Payless ShoeSource, Dixon’s Group PLC and Edison Brothers Shoes.

"Alexi`s successful track record and pedigree as an executive in the retail and retail technology industry are ideal for helping us grow our world-class retail practice," said Lori Schafer, vice president, global retail practice at SAS. SAS customers include hundreds of leading retailers worldwide, including Brooks Brothers, Carrefour, Casual Male, The Children`s Place, Circuit City Stores, Federated Department Stores, The Limited, Lowe`s Companies, Marks & Spencer, Office Depot, Wal-Mart Stores, Williams-Sonoma and 1-800-Flowers.com.

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