Bloomingdale’s has promoted Michelle Israel to senior vice president of outlets, succeeding Arnie Orlick, who will retire Jan. 31.
Orlick was instrumental in the launch and development of the Bloomingdale’s outlet division in 2010. Macy’s, which like Bloomingdale’s is a division of Macy’s Inc., revealed last week that it is considering opening outlets for the first time. Bloomingdale’s is continuing to open outlets.
Israel, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for housewares, tabletop, food and trim, will report to Francine Klein, vice chair for outlets, omnichannel technology, center core, fine jewelry and cosmetics.
“Michelle is a proven leader. She has excelled in her previous positions, and I have tremendous confidence that she will help us grow our outlet business,” said Tony Spring, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Israel joined Bloomingdale’s in 1991 in the executive training program, rose to assistant department manager for juniors at the 59th Street flagship, then a buyer in domestics bedding and later fragrances. In 2005, she became divisional merchandise manager for housewares, tabletop, food and trim. In 2007, Israel was promoted to operating vice president and was again promoted to vice president in 2010.
Orlick is a veteran of Bloomingdale’s, having earlier in his career served as executive vice president and director of stores, and before that, executive vice president-general merchandise manager for home stores, cosmetics and restaurant operations. During his career, he was also president of Federated Department Stores’ former Rich’s/Lazarus/Goldsmith’s division, now called Macy’s. He was also once ceo of Fortunoff.