The Hudson’s Bay Co. has eliminated the chief merchant position at its department store group, in the wake of the sudden departure by MaryAnne Morin.
Morin was chief merchant and executive vice president of Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay, which comprise HBC’s department store group. Last week, she disclosed that she will join Stein Mart as president.
Instead of replacing her, an HBC official said her merchandise responsibilities are being allocated to David Law and Alison Coville, both senior vice presidents and general merchandise managers at Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. Law adds cosmetics to his existing role over center core and Coville adds responsibilities over specialty operations which include Topshop and Topman shops inside Hudson’s Bay stores, in addition to her responsibilities over women’s apparel. They now report directly to Liz Rodbell, president of HBC’s department store group.
“Essentially, we have expanded the roles of two executives who have repeatedly demonstrated their passion for excellence and commitment to the organization,” the official said.
Law has been with the department store group for 16 years and Coville has been with the group for 17 years.
Morin, considering her contacts in the marketplace and her many years working in department stores, will be very helpful to Stein Mart, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based discounter. She has been given broad responsibilities for merchandising, marketing, planning, advertising and e-commerce. She will join Stein Mart on Feb. 6.
D. Hunt Hawkins, previously Stein Mart’s interim chief executive officer, has been named ceo. Earlier, he served as president and chief operating officer.
Morin rose to the top merchant slot at HBC’s department store group two years ago. She was responsible for all apparel — women’s, men’s and kids — as well as center core, cosmetics, private brands and fashion direction. She also had responsibility for The Room, the luxury destination inside the Hudson’s Bay flagships on Queen Street in Toronto and Vancouver.
She launched the Birdcage shop concept at L&T, which features an array of exclusive or limited-distribution accessories and jewelry, cosmetics, home products, wearable tech items and food.
Earlier, she was a senior vice president and general merchandise manager for several categories. She also served in various product development and merchandising roles at Macy’s Merchandising Group, The Echo Design Group and The May Co., which in 2005 was acquired by Macy’s.