Saks' chief information officer Bill Franks retired at the end of last month. Under his leadership, the company replaced its aging point-of-sale system with new registers with Internet access and clienteling. As a result, store associates have been able to increase sales and the number of clients they serve, he said. Saks will not immediately replace Franks, who joined Saks in 2000 after 11 years with Neiman Marcus. Executive vice president Mike Rodgers will oversee IT and operations. "The company is in great shape and it's time for me to move on to the next phase of my life," Franks said. "I'm going to get my ranch and golf game whipped into shape."
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Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)