NEW YORK — Richard Arnstein has been named executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Macy’s, effective Sept. 1.
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Arnstein succeeds Kevin Morrissey, who died last month. He will report to Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer.
Arnstein is a 31-year veteran of the company, starting his career as an executive trainee at the former Abraham & Straus division in 1979. He has held merchandising positions in men’s, including associate buyer and buyer for A&S, before being promoted to a divisional group manager in the store’s organization for that division in February 1986.
Arnstein was appointed divisional merchandise manager of men’s furnishings in February 1987 and continued in that role until he was promoted to senior vice president of jewelry for Macy’s in May 1997. A&S was converted to Macy’s in 1995.
Two years later, he was elevated to executive vice president and gmm of center core. In March 2007, Arnstein was appointed executive vice president of marketing and fine jewelry. Since May 2009, he has been executive vice president and gmm for jewelry and fashion accessories. No successor has been named for him in the jewelry and accessories area.
Morrissey, a well-respected and hard-nosed merchant, died of a heart attack at his Westchester home on July 17. He had been with Macy’s and its predecessor companies for 36 years.