Art Vartanian

General Director and founder of Retail Solutions has 19 years of retail experience with multi-national firms in the US, Europe and Russia, including 14 years in Russia, Central Europe and former CIS countries in senior management and executive positions with companies such as Tesco Europe, Kmart US & Europe, OfficeMax and Deloitte. BA from Wayne State University Michigan and Certified Internal Auditor from Altamonte Springs, Florida

Rob den Otter

Supply Chain Specialist with 15 years experience in management and consulting roles in blue-chip companies in Central Europe and the CIS. Previous management roles include Supply Chain Leader for Deloitte CIS, Global Logistics Director for Gloria Jeans, Supply Chain Director Detsky Mir. MBA from State University Groningen (the Netherlands)



Ivan Volkov

Experience with multinationals retailers (Unilever & JNJ). COO of Fashion House Apparel Outlet center, CEO Minomin specialty retail (multi-brand chain stores of professional hair cosmetics). CEO of childrens store chain. Ivan has experience in franchising development, start-ups, training and turnarounds




Marina Sakharova

Multi-store retail operations and marketing consultant, Marina also supports data mining, analysis, site research, contracts, technical translation, deliverables and presentations. Marina has been integral on a number of retail chain store projects for Retail Solutions and has also previously held various positions for Kamaz, Coca-Cola in Russia and Syn Group international consulting firm in Vienna


We have an extended support team of retail professionals, consultants and trainers we utilize as needed for projects

Advisory Board

Jan Stranik

Extensive experience in software engineering, financial engineering and project management. Before getting involved in the New York start-up scene, he managed numerous technical and complex IT projects at Microsoft, Credit Suisse, ZocDoc and presently head of IT for a New York based hedge fund. Masters degree in Computer Science from Charles University in Prague as well as an MBA from University of Washington



Patrick Hopper

CFIO for largest hypermarket in Indonesia and senior advisor retail operations in China. Patrick has a broad financial background including management and restructuring of international multi-store locations. Former Board Member of Tesco BV Holdings, Tesco Central European Projects Director, CFO for Tesco Hypermarkets Czech Republic/Slovakia, CFO Little Switzerland and positions at Kmart US/Europe. Pat completed numerous projects with Retail Solutions. Undergraduate Degree Finance Duquesne University and Masters Accounting from Walsh College

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