2 TOP WOMEN'S EXECS AT MACY'S JOIN CROP OF MERGER SHAKEOUTS

Byline: David Moin

NEW YORK--Merger fallout is about to claim additional Macy executives.
In another round of senior-level departures from R.H. Macy & Co., two top women's merchants, Joel Sneider and Rhonda Brown, will shortly leave Macy's East due to the impending takeover by Federated Department Stores, it was learned Friday.
Since September 1993, Sneider, a 24-year veteran of Macy's, has been president of merchandising over moderate sportswear, Clubhouse
better sportswear, Expressions and Impulse contemporary areas, Little Shops designer areas, large sizes and petites. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president and director of stores. Brown has been president of merchandising for accessories, shoes and dresses since June 1992. Prior to joining Macy's, she was a general merchandise manager at Lord & Taylor.
It was also learned Friday that two senior vice presidents, Leslie Philip and Theo Killion, are leaving. Philip has been handling sales promotion and special events, and Killion has been director of human resources.
Macy officials declined comment on the departures. Neither Sneider nor Brown could be reached for comment.
Federated plans to complete its merger with Macy's in December and then proceed with plans to consolidate its Abraham & Straus division into Macy's East. Federated has already dismantled most of Macy's central office at the Herald Square flagship store. Hundreds of employees have been squeezed out of their jobs.
Some are getting picked up by Federated. Rick Leto, for example, merchandising president for juniors, children's and coats, is expected to hold the same position in the combined Macy's East/Abraham & Straus division, reporting to Harold Kahn, chairman and ceo of that operation.
Kahn is replacing Arthur Reiner, the 32-year Macy veteran whose last day as chairman and ceo of Macy's East is Friday.
In addition, Charles Chinni, Macy's East merchandising president for housewares, marketplace, luggage, tabletop and gifts, sources said, is likely to remain with the combined company, but a formal decision has not been announced.
Edward Brennan, who was merchandising president for men's wear at Macy's, shifted to Macy's West as a women's merchandising president for fashion accessories, hosiery, jewelry, lingerie, watches, shoes, and children's wear, as reported. He succeeded James Litwak, who left the company.
Kevin Morrissey, a senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men's wear at A&S, is reportedly succeeding Brennan.
Sources said the latest group of departing executives had been offered posts in the combined company, but opted to leave. Their departure dates could not be learned, but they are likely to fall within a few weeks.
Sneider joined Macy's in 1970 as a trainee, rose to vice president of better sportswear and became a senior vice president in 1981, first over sales promotion and four years later over stores. Roger N. Farah, who left as president and chief operating officer of R.H. Macy & Co. on Sept. 30, was in the news again Friday, when The Wall Street Journal reported that he was in discussions with Ralph Lauren about a top management position. In the same article, however, Lauren officials denied that any talks were held, a point that they reiterated Friday to WWD.

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