Global advisory firm AlixPartners named Michael Kingston as a director of the company’s digital practice, and said he will be based in its Dallas office.
Michael has an extensive background in global technology management with more than 20 years’ experience in the retail, luxury goods and consumer products markets.
Kingston most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer of The Neiman Marcus Group. Sarah W. Miller was named chief information officer of the retailer last month. AlixPartners said Kingston has an “extensive background in global technology management with more than 20 years’ experience in the retail, luxury goods and consumer products markets.”
Prior to Neiman Marcus, Kingston served as executive vice president of transformation and technology at Ann Inc., “where he led several initiatives designed to increase growth and efficiency across the business,” AlixPartners noted.
Meade Monger, managing director at AlixPartners and head of the company’s digital practice, said as “companies in all industries work on transitioning to become more digitally focused, insights from experts with firsthand experience are critical. [Kingston]’s extensive expertise will be invaluable to our clients as they look to transform their business approach.”
AlixPartners said Kingston will primarily “work alongside AlixPartners’ retail and consumer products clients, implementing digital strategies to enhance their growth and profitability.”
Kingston was named cio of Neiman Marcus in April of 2012, succeeding Phillip Maxwell. In August, Neiman Marcus Group said it had cut positions in its Dallas office. And via a spokeswoman, the company said the total number was “under 100 jobs in IT, buying and alterations” and that “approximately 50 people in Dallas were affected.” The spokeswoman also said the company provided those whose jobs were eliminated “generous severance packages.”
Aside from its digital practice, AlixPartners works with companies in the area of turnarounds and restructuring as well as “investigations, disputes and risk.” In the digital practice, the company focuses on a variety of areas including cyber security, business intelligence and IT.