Phil Wahba is a senior writer at Fortune primarily focused on leadership coverage, with a prior specialization on retail. His award-winning features have included 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's Brainstorm Tech conference. 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 in his hometown, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2007, he graduated from Columbia University with a Master's in Journalism. He is also a CFA charterholder. In addition to his native French and English, Phil can converse in Danish, Spanish, and German. He has run a marathon in every U.S. state.