DE WINTER TO EXIT: Saks Fifth Avenue confirmed Friday that one of its veterans, Jennifer de Winter, is leaving the company in about a month to take another job. De Winter, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, reports to Marigay McKee, president, who has been playing the major role in reshaping Saks’ buying and fashion direction. The general merchandise managers report to de Winter.
According to Saks, it wasn’t a case of too many cooks. “Jennifer is tremendous. She’s been with the company for 20 years and is very well respected,” said Kathleen Ruiz, Saks’ senior vice president of marketing and public relations. Asked if de Winter was nudged out of her Saks job, Ruiz said, “Not at all.” She had no knowledge of de Winter’s next job, and de Winter could not be reached for comment.
De Winter was promoted to her current title from executive vice president and director of stores in September 2013, at the same time it was revealed that McKee would be joining the retailer from Harrods.