Saks Fifth Avenue’s departing chief merchant Jennifer de Winter is taking a job at Tiffany & Co., WWD has learned.
On March 1, De Winter will become Tiffany’s senior vice president, Northern America. It’s Tiffany’s largest region with 106 stores in the U.S. and Canada, including the Fifth Avenue flagship.
As of last month, Tiffany operated 296 stores, with 123 in the Americas, 73 in Asia-Pacific, 56 in Japan, 38 in Europe, five in the United Arab Emirates and one in Russia.
“Managing our largest sales region, which is comprised of the United States and Canada, Jennifer will leverage her strong leadership and expertise in retail operations and merchandising to drive sales growth across the domestic and global tourist customer base,” said Jill Beraud, executive vice president of Tiffany.
Saks has yet to find a successor to de Winter. She reported to Marigay McKee, president, who has been playing the major role in reshaping Saks’ buying and fashion direction. The general merchandise managers reported to de Winter.
A 20-year Saks veteran, de Winter was promoted to her current title from executive vice president and director of stores in September 2013 when it was revealed that McKee would be joining the retailer from Harrods.
Earlier, de Winter was Saks’ gmm of jewelry, shoes, intimate apparel, hosiery and handbags, and before that, she was the divisional merchandise manager of jewelry and fine jewelry.