NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue’s top merchant, Gail Pisano, is expected to announce her departure from the fashion chain soon, possibly today, sources told WWD Monday.

Pisano holds the title of executive vice president, with responsibility for women’s designer merchandise, intimate apparel, accessories, shoes and jewelry. A 15-year veteran of Saks, Pisano is considered a savvy merchant and has been instrumental in forging longer-term partnerships with designers and making Saks more competitive against its archrival Neiman Marcus. Two general merchandise managers report to Pisano, who reports to Christina Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises.

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