Neiman Marcus Adds Michael Kingston to Ranks

Retailer has named a new senior vice president and chief information officer.

Neiman Marcus Group has named Michael R. Kingston senior vice president and chief information officer, marking the luxury retailer’s second high-level appointment of the week.

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Kingston succeeds Phillip Maxwell, who earlier this month announced his retirement. Also last week, Joshua Schulman, the former chief executive officer of Jimmy Choo, was named president of the Bergdorf Goodman division of NMG.

Kingston was executive vice president of enterprise transformation and technology at Ann Inc., which operates the Loft and Ann Taylor specialty chains. He was responsible for a restructuring and transformation program. Earlier, Kingston served as vice president, applications at Coach Inc. and international director of information services at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

“Michael Kingston is the perfect choice for us to lead our information technology team,” said Karen Katz, president and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus. “The use of new technology and integrated systems is key to our omni-channel strategies. Michael’s background in the retail industry, combined with his impressive skills planning, designing, implementing, and supporting applications for large multinational corporations will blend perfectly with our very talented management team.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the high-performing team at the Neiman Marcus Group as it continues to grow its share of the luxury market with distinctive merchandise and superior service,” said Kingston.