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Phil Wahba is a senior writer at Fortune primarily focused on leadership and retail coverage. His award-winning features include profiles of CEOs at J.C. Penney and Kohl’s and an examination of how private equity transformed the retail sector. He is also a co-chair of Fortune Connect, a membership program for the next generation of executives. Phil joined Fortune in 2014 from Reuters, where over the course of six years, he covered retail, corporate bankruptcies, the stock exchanges, and wrote a weekly column about IPOs. He has also worked as a trade commissioner in New York for the Canadian government. He holds a B.Comm from HEC Montréal, his hometown, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2007, he graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Journalism. He is also a CFA charterholder. In addition to his native French and English, Phil speaks Danish, Spanish, and German. He has run a marathon in every U.S. state.