By  on March 4, 2008

Belk Inc. on Monday unveiled several changes at the senior executive level, including the upcoming retirement of Linda Zwern as chair of the 77-unit Western Division based in Birmingham, Ala.

Zwern's retirement on April 5 triggered several other changes, including naming her successor, Jan Clevenger, who was senior vice president and director of stores for the 81-unit Northern Division, based in Raleigh, N.C. In her new role, Clevenger will report to Johnny Belk, Belk Inc.'s president and chief operating officer.

In other changes, Bill Roberts will succeed Clevenger and report to Bob Greiner, chairman of the Northern Division. Roberts was executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men's and home at Belk's corporate office in Charlotte, N.C.

David Zant has returned to Belk to succeed Roberts. Zant will report to Kathy Bufano, president of merchandising and marketing. He was vice chairman, private brands, merchandise planning and Internet marketing for The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. in York, Pa.

Clevenger had been senior vice president and director of stores for the Northern Division since August 2006. She began her retail career in 1984 and joined Belk in 2000 as a divisional merchandise manager in the Southern Division.

Roberts has served as executive vice president and general merchandise manager of Belk's men's and home division since October 2004. He began his retail career in 1977 and joined Belk in 2000 as senior vice president and director of stores of the Northern Division.

Zant was Belk's executive vice president and gmm for feminine apparel from October 2004 until January 2005, when he joined Bon-Ton. He began his retail career in 1978 and held senior merchandising positions with Saks Inc. and the former Mercantile Stores Co.

Zwern joined Belk in April 1999 as president of the Western Division and was named chair of the division in July 2000. She was instrumental in orchestrating the integration of the Proffitt's, McRae's and Parisian stores over the past three years, opening locations throughout the Western Division's market area, and relocating the division's offices from Greenville, S.C., to Birmingham, Ala., last year.

Zwern began her career in 1967 with Maas Brothers/Jordan Marsh, and worked at Dillard's before joining Belk.

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