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Neal Goldberg, former Zale CEO, Dies at 51

Also a 16-year veteran of Macy’s, he was well known in specialty and department stores circles.

Neal Goldberg, former chief executive officer of Zale Corp. and a 16-year veteran of Macy’s, died Thursday.

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He was 51. No details of his death were released.

Two officials from Zale Corp. confirmed his death, with one stating that the family wanted to keep the matter private at this time.

Goldberg was well known in specialty and department stores circles. He served as Zale’s ceo from December 2007 to January 2010 during a particularly difficult period for the jewelry chain.

Prior to Zale, Goldberg was president of The Children’s Place, president of Gap outlets, and was a senior vice president at Victoria’s Secret. At Macy’s, he rose to senior vice president in charge of managing the Herald Square flagship and was instrumental in growing sales at what is considered the world’s largest store. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer at the DocPatient Network.

On Tuesday, The Diamond Empowerment Fund issued a tribute to Goldberg, stating “Our sincere prayers and condolences are extended to the Goldberg family. At this time, funeral arrangements are still being finalized. May God grant Neal eternal rest and peace.”

The DEF noted that Goldberg is survived by his wife, Denise; sons Zachary and Max; stepchildren Marinna and Michael; mother Rita, and sister Meryl.