Byline: Valerie Seckler

NEW YORK — Veteran retailing consultant Stephanie Shern has exited Kurt Salmon Associates to form her own retail strategy and advisory firm, Shern Associates.
Shern quietly departed her post at KSA after roughly six months with the consultant, where she had been senior vice president and global managing director of retail and consumer products since June 2001.
Although she left her position at Atlanta-based Kurt Salmon in November, Shern has struck a deal to operate her own business out of KSA’s New York offices, where she had been based. Shern said she will continue to do so for the near term, as she considers various business propositions.
In addition to forming her own firm, Shern said Wednesday that among the things she has been contemplating are invitations to join the boards of various retailers, but she did not get specific. In November, as reported in WWD, the high-profile consultant was named a board director of Galyan’s, the big-box retailer of activewear and sporting goods.
Prior to joining KSA, Shern spent 30 years at management consultant Ernst & Young, where, most recently, she had been global director of the retail and consumer goods practice.