By  on February 7, 2014

Last year, the retail world was rocked with a series of high-level executive changes that look set to significantly reshape the beauty landscape.

First up, in April, Nordstrom veteran Gemma Lionello replaced Laurie Black, who retired, as executive vice president and general merchandise manager of cosmetics. That was followed by the July announcement that former U.S. Cellular chief Mary Dillon was named chief executive officer of Ulta Beauty; shortly thereafter came the news that Marigay McKee would depart her post as chief merchant of Harrods in London to become the president of Saks. In October, Calvin McDonald was named president and ceo of Sephora Americas, replacing David Suliteanu, who is returning to his entrepreneurial roots as ceo of Kendo Brands, an LVMH-owned brand-creation incubator. Weeks later, Bloomingdale’s announced that its legendary chairman and ceo, Michael Gould, who held the post for 22 years, would retire, to be replaced by Tony Spring on Feb. 1.

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