ANN WATSON JOINS SAKS AS DIRECTOR OF FASHION

NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue Thursday named Ann Watson vice president of fashion merchandising, the chain’s leading fashion director.
Saks is reorganizing its fashion merchandising office, filling slots and assigning new responsibilities. Watson, formerly in the fashion office of Neiman Marcus, will report to Jaqui Lividini, senior vice president of fashion merchandising and communications.
According to Saks officials, Watson succeeds Nicole Fischelis, who left last year to join Salvatore Ferragamo, and has a broader role. Her responsibilities include overseeing fashion forecasting, new resource development and market coverage.
Watson began her retail career at Macy’s East in 1988 as a sales manager for designer sportswear, joined the executive training program and became an assistant buyer. In 1990, she joined Neiman Marcus as fashion merchandise counselor and functioned as a liaison among the market, buyers and senior merchants. She moved to Escada USA in 1995 as national sales manager of Escada Couture, and rejoined Neiman’s as senior fashion editor in 1997.
At Saks, the fashion office works with the merchant and marketing organizations.
Reporting to Watson will be the fashion directors covering women’s areas, Dana Christie and Colleen Sherin. Saks is expected to name a third fashion director.
Dan McCampell is vice president of men’s fashion merchandising.