In two high-level promotions at the Hudson’s Bay Co. department store group, MaryAnne Morin has been named executive vice president and chief merchant, and Mary Turner has become head of business development.
The group consists of the Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department store chains.
As lead merchant, Morin will be responsible for all apparel — women’s, men’s and kids — as well as center core, cosmetics, private brands and fashion direction. She also has responsibility for The Room, the luxury destination inside the Hudson’s Bay flagships on Queen Street in Toronto and Vancouver.
Morin was executive vice president for merchandising overseeing center core, dresses, coats and swim at Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. She launched the Birdcage shop last fall, which features an array of exclusive or limited-distribution accessories and jewelry, cosmetics, home products, wearable tech items and food at the Lord & Taylor flagship on Fifth Avenue.
Morin takes a position that has been vacant since 2013 when Liz Rodbell was promoted to president of the department store group. Morin has been with the company for 22 years. She started at Lord & Taylor in the executive training program and has been working for both department store banners since 2012.
Rodbell credited Morin with an ability to cover a broad scope of merchandise responsibilities, having strong leadership skills. “She’ll really help us in our focus on fashion and value,” said Rodbell. General merchandise managers will report into Morin.
As head of business development, Turner will be responsible for identifying brands and developing merchandise concepts that would be exclusive, along the lines of the presence of Topshop, Topman and Kleinfeld Bridal at Hudson’s Bay, and William Rast and 424 Fifth labels sold at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. Turner will continue to report to Rodbell. She was executive vice president of merchandising. Turner has been with the company for 10 years, first working for the Hudson’s Bay chain, and since 2012 working for both banners.