David Witman Exiting Nordstrom

Nordstrom Inc.’s top men’s wear merchant David Witman will retire on Feb. 15 after 27 years working at the company.

A successor for Witman, who holds the title of executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear, has not been named.

During his tenure as the leader of men’s wear for approximately 16 years, Witman and his team grew Nordstrom’s men’s business to $1.5 billion in annual revenues.

“As our GMM for men’s wear, David has achieved consistent growth through excellent execution and category expertise,” said Pete Nordstrom, copresident. “He is a highly respected and admired leader both inside Nordstrom and in our industry. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy for building a culture of results through a well-performing team.”

Witman, who is 58, started his career at Nordstrom in 1990 as a salesperson in the Seattle store. In 1991, he moved to Chicago as the company’s first men’s sportswear buyer where he played a critical role in growing business in the Midwest region, according to a statement from Nordstrom. He rose to regional buyer, then regional divisional merchandise manager before being promoted to the men’s GMM for the company in 2000.