Liz rodell
by Stephen Garner

Liz rodellAfter an over 30-year career at the company, Liz Rodbell, president of Lord & Taylor, will be leaving HBC.

In a short statement from the company, a representative said that “she has decided now is the right time for a change and will be with the company through the end of the month after readying Lord & Taylor for the innovative launch of its digital flagship on”

Rodbell is a seasoned retail executive with over 30 years of experience. She has held several senior leadership positions at Hudson’s Bay Company and Lord & Taylor, having risen through the ranks of the merchant organization. Prior to her current role, she had been EVP Chief Merchant for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, where she oversaw the merchant organization at both banners since 2012, and successfully integrated the senior leadership of the newly combined company.

Rodbell began her retail career at A&S in the executive training program and became a buyer before joining Lord & Taylor. She joined Lord & Taylor in 1985 as a buyer for dresses. Within two years she was promoted to Divisional Merchandise Manager over the dress category. She was then promoted in 1992 to Senior Vice President General Merchandise Manager of suits, coats, intimate apparel and children’s. As a Senior Vice President General Merchandise Manager she had responsibilities in every business category Lord & Taylor carries over the years until being promoted to EVP of Merchandising, overseeing the women’s merchandise categories.

Rodbell serves on the board of Parsons Board of Governors, Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the advisory board of Fashion Group International. In May 2015, she was honored by the Mother’s Day Council as an Outstanding Mother of the Year. Also that year she was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Powerful Women. In 2014, she was presented with the “Way to Win” Award from Win. She has served as a dinner chair for Win, AJC, Parsons and CTF.