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    Partnering Group Mourns Passing of Tim Flannigan

    CINCINNATI -- ECR consulting and training firm the Partnering Group here announced yesterday the passing of Tim Flannigan, a managing partner and business center leader for TPG's Retail Strategy and Business Planning Practice. Flannigan, who was 53, died on March 25.

    CINCINNATI -- ECR consulting and training firm the Partnering Group here announced yesterday the passing of Tim Flannigan, a managing partner and business center leader for TPG's Retail Strategy and Business Planning Practice. Flannigan, who was 53, died on March 25.

    Flannigan, who worked in the grocery industry for more than 25 years, was acknowledged as an industry expert in category management, supplier management, pricing and promotion, and supply chain optimization across retail and wholesale distribution. He was well known for his expertise in retail and sales organization design and development, category business planning, value chain optimization, and decision support system design.

    Beyond his outstanding client work, Flannigan was a principal author of the Menu Services Best Practices Report and TPG's North American Retail Landscape Report, and a contributing author to several industry best-practice publications. In addition, he designed and delivered retail training programs covering category management, supplier management, collaborative negotiating and planning, and supply chain process improvement, and was a frequent speaker at industry forums and seminars.

    Prior to joining TPG in 1998, Flannigan worked in the grocery industry for over 25 years, working at both Lucky Stores and H.E. Butt Grocery Co. While at HEB, Tim held several management positions in store operations, category management, marketing, and procurement. As director of category planning and analysis, he developed HEB's Category Management Information System, and as director of procurement he served on the ECR Operating Committee and the ACNielsen Retailer Advisory Board.

    Flannigan is survived by his wife, Susan, of 28 years; his sons James and Kenneth, all of Austin, Texas; his stepdaughter, Kristen Tracewell, of Grass Valley, Calif.; his mother, Jane Flannigan of Castro Valley Calif.; and his four siblings and their families.

    The Partnering Group noted that Flannigan will be greatly missed by his friends and partners at TPG, his clients, and the industry as a whole. "His drive for perfection, his enthusiasm and positive attitude toward everything he did, and his unwavering dedication to always doing the right thing with complete honesty and integrity will long be remembered and cherished," TPG said in a statement released yesterday.

    Donations in Flnnigan's memory may be directed to the Sisters of the Holy Family for their charitable works, at P.O. Box 3248, Freemont, CA 94539.

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