Robert E. Kerson, chairman of executive search firm Kerson Partners, has been named to the board of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York, and will be a special adviser to LIM president Elizabeth S. Marcuse.

Kerson’s appointment fills an opening on the 11-member board. The post of special adviser is a new one. In that role, Kerson will work with LIM students to further prepare them for careers in fashion and retailing and will expand the college’s relationships in those industries.

Kerson is also a member of the executive committee of the Advisory Group of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a guest lecturer at the Columbia University Business School Retail Leadership Program.

“There is a dearth of training and development programs in the retailing industry today,” Kerson said, adding that he is looking forward to “working with Liz Marcuse and her team at LIM on developing the next generation of retail business leaders.”

Kerson’s depth of experience “in identifying, developing and recruiting retailing talent will be an enormous asset to our students,” Marcuse said. “As he works with our students to further their capabilities, we look forward to him introducing them to his unparalleled network of industry leaders. And as we continue our strategic growth plan, we want to be sure that our curriculum and students meet the current and future needs of the industry.”

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