By  on January 16, 2009

Robert Mettler, a veteran department store executive who held top roles within the Macy’s Inc., May Department Stores Co. and Sears, Roebuck and Co. organizations and is currently Macy’s president for special projects, will retire on Jan. 31.

The 68-year-old Mettler agreed about a year ago, when he was chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s West, to postpone his planned retirement to take on the special-assignments role, which has involved the strategic development of the chain’s cosmetics business, including strengthening relationships with vendors, enhancing store presentations and introducing organics.

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