The department store group of the Hudson’s Bay Co. put the final touches on its newly formed executive team by elevating several top merchants with promotions and broader responsibilities.
Company officials said the changes were triggered by the promotion of Liz Rodbell to president of the department store group, as well as a desire to build bench strength and reward those demonstrating leadership. Rodbell’s promotion, from executive vice president and chief merchant to president, is effective Feb. 1.
Mary Turner, executive vice president of specialty, has become executive vice president of merchandising, adding branded merchandising for ladies, men’s, kids and luggage, in addition to her responsibilities over The Room, private brands, Topshop/Topman, bridal and licensed. She reports to Rodbell.
Wayne Drummond has risen to group senior vice president for ladies, men’s, kids and luggage. He was senior vice president and general merchandise manager.
Jonathan Greller has been promoted to group senior vice president for private brands and specialty, and has expanded his responsibilities to include global sourcing, Topshop/Topman, bridal and licensed. He was senior vice president before. Drummond and Greller report to Turner.
MaryAnne Morin has been promoted to group senior vice president for center core, intimate apparel, ladies suits and dresses, reporting to Rodbell.
Also, Connie Hoza, senior vice president and gmm for ladies, has begun reporting to Drummond. Previously, she reported to Rodbell.
Last month, the department store group named Michael Crotty executive vice president and chief marketing officer, and Russ Hardin senior vice president and chief creative officer. They both report to Rodbell.
The Hudson’s Bay department store group has a centralized executive team, whereby those at the senior vice president level and higher cover both the Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor chains. In many cases, divisional merchandise managers manage both banners. Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay each have their own buyers.
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