GUNDELL EXITS MOMA FOR POLO POST

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. tapped former Bloomingdale’s executive James Gundell as its new divisional president of factory store concepts.
He fills the vacancy left by Bridget Ryan Berman, who was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Polo Retail Group in June.
Gundell will head the Polo Factory and Polo Jeans Co. outlet stores, which have 93 and 24 doors, respectively, managing product assortment, visual presentation and store operations.
He reports to Roger Farah, Polo’s president and chief operating officer, and Ryan Berman, who has been directing the implementation of a shared-service business model for the retail group and the factory stores.
As president, Gundell will help Ryan Berman continue to integrate the finance, human resources, merchandising and real-estate operations of the two businesses. A company spokeswoman described his appointment as “the final segment” of the shared-service initiative.
Most recently, Gundell was president of retail for the Museum of Modern Art, here, where he directed and expanded the catalog, wholesale and retail businesses. He also spent 19 years with Bloomingdale’s, rising to vice president and general manager of the Manhattan flagship.

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