Macy’s chief merchant Jeff Gennette has been promoted to president, effective immediately. He reports to Macy’s Inc. CEO Terry Lundgren. In addition to his role as chief merchandising officer, Gennette will now be responsible for the Macy’s Private Brands organization.
“Jeff Gennette is an outstanding merchant who has proven to be an insightful strategist and strong leader in our company,” Lundgren said in a statement. “As our president, with the additional responsibility for Macy’s private brands, Gennette will have a total view of Macy’s merchandise assortment and marketing strategy – both in stores and online – consistent with our omni-channel vision. Our exclusive private brands, which have provided a powerful competitive advantage for Macy’s, will continue to play a vitally important role in delivering fashion, quality and value to our customers.”
Gennette has been chief merchant since 2009. He has served a variety of increasingly prominent regional roles in the Macy’s Inc. hierarchy since joining Macy’s West as an executive trainee in 1983. He was CEO of the Seattle-based Macy’s Northwest division from late 2005 to early 2008 when he was made CEO of Macy’s West.