Byline: David Moin

NEW YORK — Macy’s East has named Robert Jezowski executive vice president and general merchandise manager for all women’s merchandise, succeeding Kathryn Bufano, who has joined Dress Barn as president and chief merchandising officer.
Bufano takes over the day-to-day merchandising responsibilities of Burt Steinberg, who was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer, focusing more on strategic issues. He continues to be over the stores division, merchandising, distribution and product sourcing.
At Macy’s East, Jezowski, formerly executive vice president and gmm for juniors, dresses, coats and suits, takes on a $1 billion women’s business, including misses’ and special sizes, beginning Feb. 2. He continues to report to Hal Kahn, chairman and chief executive officer.
“With Bob’s success and experience, he is well qualified to assume these additional responsibilities,” Kahn said Monday. “We want to thank Kathryn for her valuable contributions. We’re sorry to see her go.”
Jezowski began his career at Burdines in 1982 and later joined Robinson’s in Los Angeles, where he rose to divisional merchandise manager. He switched to A&S, then became senior vice president of merchandising at Macy’s, before being named executive vice president in January 2000.
Richard Arnstein, Macy’s executive vice president of center core, which includes fine and fashion jewelry, accessories and hosiery, adds intimate apparel to his role.
Bufano was with Macy’s for six years and Lord & Taylor for 17 years.

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