by Stephen Garner
Marla and Barry Beck

Macy’s has announced that Marla and Barry Beck, founders of Bluemercury and creators of M-61 Skincare and Lune+Aster Cosmetics, will be leaving the company.

Barry Beck, Bluemercury’s chief operating officer, will step down effective September 20th to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture. Marla Beck, Bluemercury’s chief executive officer, will stay with Bluemercury and continue to lead the business during a transition period.

Macy’s, Inc. is conducting a search for the next chief executive officer of Bluemercury and will consider both internal and external candidates.

“Bluemercury has experienced robust growth since becoming a part of Macy’s, Inc. in 2015, in large part due to the vision and leadership of Marla and Barry Beck. Beauty is one of Macy’s six Destination Businesses, and we will continue to leverage Bluemercury’s successful formula to learn from and drive growth,” said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “On behalf of the entire Macy’s team, I want to thank Barry and Marla for their time at Macy’s. We wish Barry all the best in his new endeavor and appreciate Marla’s continued commitment to the business.”

“When we founded Bluemercury 20 years ago, we could never have imagined having nearly 190 locations across 26 states,” added Marla Beck. “We are grateful to have joined a company that has given us the independence and runway to grow so aggressively. I know Macy’s will continue to guide and support this brand into the future. I am excited for my next adventure and look forward to leading a smooth transition.”

“Bluemercury has accomplished so much as a part of Macy’s,” said Barry Beck. “We have successfully scaled our neighborhood store model across the country as we stayed in the forefront of beauty innovation. I know we’re leaving the company in good hands, and I look forward to continuing to watch the brand grow and fulfill its enormous potential.”