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Kevin Dyson Exits Barneys

The 22-year veteran has left the company and has been succeeded by Tony Mauro as executive vice president of store operations.

Kevin Dyson, a 22-year veteran of Barneys New York, has left the company and has been succeeded by Tony Mauro as executive vice president of store operations.

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Mauro, who reports to Daniella Vitale, chief operating officer and senior executive vice president, was vice president of operations for the Madison Avenue flagship. Before that, he was vice president of global operations at Tory Burch, and earlier chief operating officer of Gucci Group North America, responsible for the operations, distribution fulfillment and administration for a 60-plus store network. He handled operations for all Gucci Group brands as well. Both Mark Lee, Barneys chief executive officer, and Vitale previously worked at Gucci.

Barneys said Dyson left the company to pursue other opportunities. Dyson took on the role of executive vice president of store operations two years ago following the departure of Michael Celestino, who is now with Elie Tahari.

Dyson rose through the Barneys stores organization, running various branches around the country before taking on the role of senior vice president and general manager of the Madison Avenue flagship and, two years ago, rising again to executive vice president for all store operations including flagship, Co-op and outlet stores, restaurant operations and the warehouse sale. “It may have been too big of a leap for him going from one store to all stores,” said a retail source.

In addition, Barneys is evaluating and changing its store base. Barneys New York in Dallas closed last month. There is also a plan to convert two of the largest Barneys Co-op units to Barneys New York stores, as a possible prelude to the transformation of its entire Co-op fleet and eliminating the nameplate. Co-op stores at 2151 Broadway, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and The Grove in Los Angeles, will be re-branded as Barneys New York this summer.