by Karen Alberg Grossman

Michael Alic has joined Management One as president, replacing Marc Weiss who retains the role of CEO. The move came as Management One continues to expand its leadership in the merchandise planning and retail consulting marketplace.

Weiss, who will continue to provide strategic vision for the company, explains, “Mike is the right person to lead in this historic moment for retail. I know him from his time heading up fashion trade shows at UBM, and I’ve always admired his style, intelligence, and easy grasp of big ideas. He brings remarkable experience and expertise to our mission of becoming the world’s leading provider of financial intelligence for independent retailers.”

While a significant change in leadership amidst the COVID-19 pandemic may seem unexpected, Weiss maintains that it’s not. “With someone of Mike’s skill at the helm of our operations, Management One will bring new efficiency to the development of next-generation technology products and consulting services. He has what it takes to make sure we stay the course in the choppy waters of this global crisis. His leadership will also free me to focus on identifying and capitalizing on the many new opportunities for growth.”

Alic has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. For more than 20 years, he’s worked in general management, digital transformation, strategy and business development for a broad range of communications and events companies including Informa plc, Trader Classified Media, UBM plc, and Advanstar Communications Inc. As head of UBM’s MAGIC, Coterie, Project, and MRket trade shows, Alic and his team served a community of over 30,000 retail businesses. He’s worked and lived in Europe, Asia, and Canada, is bilingual in French and English, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability from Columbia University.

“I’m truly excited by the opportunity to work with Marc and his talented team,” Alic said of the new position. “Hundreds of thousands of independent retailers need merchandise planning, inventory management, and business insights now more than ever—and not just to secure their survival. The challenges retailers face are obvious, but what often goes unsaid is that the opportunities for growth are fantastic. Management One has exactly the combination of technology and services that their clients need to make it through the COVID-19 crisis in a better position than ever. I believe the pandemic will only accelerate a movement that was already building. Consumers are turning toward community-oriented businesses with authentic personalities, clear niches, and strong ties to their customers. Management One has a huge role to play in accelerating that movement by helping retailers thrive. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”