Macy’s Inc. has a new off-price guru.
Michelle Israel has been promoted to senior vice president of off-price to oversee the Macy’s Backstage and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet off-price divisions, WWD has learned. Previously, Israel was senior vice president of Bloomingdale’s The Outlet.
She takes over Backstage responsibilities that had been held temporarily by Tim Baxter, who continues as chief merchandising officer of Macy’s. Baxter stepped in at Backstage after Vanessa LeFebvre left the company in May.
Israel will report to Baxter and Francine Klein, Bloomingdale’s vice chair, overseeing center core, cosmetics and outlets.
Macy’s Backstage will have 45 locations by the end of 2017 with seven of those being freestanding, the rest housed inside Macy’s department stores.
There are 17 Bloomingdale’s The Outlet locations. No additional locations have been revealed.
Macy’s disclosure of its new off-price head comes a day after the Hudson’s Bay Co. named one of its own, appointing Tom Ott chief merchant of Saks Off 5th and gilt.com units. Ott was senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear and concession at Saks Fifth Avenue, another division of HBC, where he spent 22 years of his career.