Saks Fifth Avenue has elevated two key members of its merchant team.
Dayna Ziegler has been promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s contemporary, modern, dresses, swim, children’s, lingerie and outerwear. She was vice president and divisional merchandise manager over those areas.
Will Cooper has been promoted from vice president and dmm of women’s shoes to senior vice president and gmm of women’s shoes, handbags and accessories.
Both will report to Tracy Margolies, Saks’ chief merchant, who said, “We are always looking for opportunities to elevate our team while evolving our approach to luxury retail.” Margolies cited Ziegler’s and Cooper’s “strong vendor relationships, unique fashion points of view and deep understanding of the Saks customer.”
Betty Wang, vice president and dmm of handbags and accessories, has left the company.
Saks has three other senior vice presidents and gmms on its team: Anna Irving, for women’s designer; Kate Oldham, for beauty, jewelry and home, and Louis Digiacomo, who covers men’s.
Ziegler has more than 17 years of experience in luxury retail with a diverse background in omnichannel buying, wholesale and strategy. She’s covered shoes and women’s ready-to-wear. She also played a role in the renovation of the New York flagship. She joined Saks in 2009 as a buyer of women’s shoes and worked on the wholesale side for awhile before returning to Saks in 2015.
Cooper, who has more than 14 years of experience in luxury retail, also has a diverse background across categories including women’s rtw, women’s shoes, handbags and men’s. He started his career at Saks in 2005 as a merchant development program trainee. He was instrumental in evolving Saks’ contemporary business as “The Collective” and also played a role on the Saks leadership team during the renovation of the flagship.
Saks is a division of the Hudson’s Bay Co., which on Monday named Iain Nairn president of its Hudson’s Bay division in Canada.