Patti Ongman has been appointed chief merchandising officer of the Macy’s division of Macy’s Inc., succeeding Jeff Kantor who previously announced his decision to retire after nearly four decades with the company.

Ongman, who moves into her new role on March 1, is a 33-year veteran of Macy’s, currently serving as executive vice president and general business manager for home merchandise.

She will be responsible for leading merchandising, private brands and planning for ready-to-wear, center core, beauty, men’s and kid’s, which are considered Macy’s five “families-of-business.”

Before overseeing Macy’s home business, Ongman was chief planning officer, responsible for centralized merchandise and financial planning and assortment allocations by store, as well as the district/region merchandise planning structure and function that supported the My Macy’s localization strategy. Ongman began her career in store management.

The $25 billion Macy’s Inc. operates Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage and Story.

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