Lord & Taylor has reorganized its top executives in the chain’s most significant management overhaul since Brendan Hoffman became president and chief executive officer last October.
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Mary Beth Sheridan has been named as senior vice president, director of stores in a new role at the retailer.
Jonathan Greller succeeds Sheridan as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, children’s and intimate apparel. Greller was vice president and divisional merchandise manager.
MaryAnne Morin has been promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of shoes, handbags, jewelry, swimwear, accessories and coats. And Carol McCabe was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager for sportswear, dresses and suits. They were both divisionals.
Commenting on Sheridan’s promotion, Hoffman told WWD, “This is the first time we have had a central merchant overseeing the stores. It’s going to bring a better connection between the store team and the central merchants. Mary Beth really knows the entire vendor community and will be able to enhance the customer experience, store presentation and raise the level of service.”
In addition to trying to better integrate different sides of the business, the management changes were triggered by the recent departures of Lisa Surilla, who was senior vice president and gmm for sportswear, and Bill Noble, former executive vice president of stores and operations, as well as by the promotion in December of Liz Rodbell to executive vice president of merchandising, from senior vice president and gmm. Morin and McCabe will be covering areas of responsibility formerly held by Surilla and Rodbell, while Sheridan takes on certain responsibilities held by Noble.
Sheridan and Greller will report to Hoffman, while Morin and McCabe will report to Rodbell.
“We’ve restructured the team, and I am pleased we were able to do it internally,” Hoffman said. “It’s always nice when you are able to reward team members and [take advantage] of your bench strength.” Hoffman said the reorganization did not entail any layoffs.
Sheridan began her retail career at Jordan Marsh in 1984 as an executive trainee, joined L&T in 1991 as a buyer, rose to senior vice president and assistant to the president and ceo. In 2003, she became senior vice president and gmm.
Greller joined L&T as an intern in 1992, went through the management trainee program, became a ready-to-wear buyer, and eventually shifted to men’s.
Morin returned to L&T last March. She began her retail career at L&T in 1986 as an executive trainee and held various positions from buyer to divisional merchandise manager and vice president.
McCabe began her retail career in 1987 in the executive training program with the former Hahne’s chain. In 1990, she joined L&T and has held various positions from assistant buyer to buyer, divisional merchandise manager and vice president.