NEW YORK — Tapping from inside its own executive team, The May Department Stores Co. on Monday appointed two new divisional chairmen —Richard V. Clausing for Lord & Taylor and John T. Harper for Hecht’s/Strawbridge’s.

They succeed two 34-year May veterans: Clarence O. “Bud” Reynolds at L&T and Kenneth L. Wilkerson atHecht’s/Strawbridge’s. Both retirements are effective June 1.

Jane Elfers continues as president and chief executive officer of Lord & Taylor, and Frank Guzzetta continues as president and ceo of Hecht’s/Strawbridge’s.

Clausing, 48, joined May’s corporate office in 1988 as director of accounting and was promoted to vice president of corporate accounting and reporting in 1989. He was named senior vice president of finance at the St. Louis-based Famous-Barr division in 1994, and assumed his current position as senior vice president of finance at L&T in 2001.

Harper, 44, joined May in 1983 as an analyst in accounting at Kaufmann’s in Pittsburgh. In 1991, he was appointed vice president-controller at L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis and divisional vice president-controller at Famous-Barr in 1992. He joined Hecht’s, based in Washington, D.C., in 1993 as vice president-controller and was named senior vice president of operations in 1998. He moved into his current position of senior vice president of finance in 2001.

Reynolds, 61, joined May in 1969 as an assistant buyer for the Foley’s division, based in Houston. He was named divisional vice president of distribution at Foley’s in 1983 and senior vice president of operations in 1987.

He was named chairman of L.S. Ayres in 1990, chairman of Kaufmann’s in 1991, president of L&T in 1999 and chairman in 2000.

Wilkerson, 63, joined May in 1969 as a distribution center manager for Famous-Barr. He was named vice president and general operations manager at Famous-Barr in 1979 and later that year became senior vice president and general operations manager. He became chairman of Famous-Barr in 1985, chairman of the former J.W. Robinson’s division in Los Angeles in 1990 and chairman of the consolidated Robinsons-May division in 1993.

He was named chairman of Foley’s in 1996 and became chairman of Hecht’s/Strawbridge’s in 2000.May operates 444 department stores, as well as 210 David’s Bridal stores, 460 After Hours stores and 10 Priscilla of Boston stores.

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