By  on May 14, 2008

One of the plum jobs in American retailing has just opened up — but it's rife with challenges.

Howard Socol, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Barneys New York, on Tuesday confirmed recent speculation and said he will retire from the specialty chain at the end of June. A search firm will be hired "in short order" to find a replacement, David Jackson, ceo of Barneys owner Istithmar, told WWD.

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