SAKS TAPS KEY EXECS

NEW YORK — In two key appointments at Saks Inc., Karolyn Wangstad was named senior vice president of product differentiation and trend merchandising for Saks Department Store Group, and Corky Tyler became vice president and creative director for Saks Fifth Avenue’s home division.
Wangstad held trend merchandising and product development positions for Payless Shoe Source, Montgomery Ward, and The Cato Corp. for the last few years. She was with Target Stores from 1985 to 1994, where she was vice president of trend merchandising and imports. Before that, she worked at the department store division of Target Corp.
“Karolyn will be at the heart of our strategic initiative of product differentiation,” said George Jones, president and chief executive of Saks’ department stores.
Tyler is well known in the home arena, which is relatively untapped at Saks. The store’s first home department opened last September in the Fifth Avenue flagship and sells gifts, furniture, accessories, tabletop and linens. Laura Belvedere, vice president and divisional merchandise manager for home, gifts and kids, continues to oversee the buyers and manage the day-to-day business. Tyler has worked at Bergdorf Goodman, Takashimaya and Buffum’s, among other stores.

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