by Christopher Blomquist

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has announced a trio of executive appointments and role expansions to help further its growth in the areas of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Belonging.

Natalie Lockhart, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Execution

Natalie Lockhart has been named Senior Vice President, Strategy & Execution, responsible for coordinating all aspects of the luxury retailer’s growth roadmap. In this role, Lockhart now serves as a member of NMG’s Group Leadership Team and leads the newly created Growth Execution Office, which coordinates the strategy and execution of the program and initiatives that support the company’s growth work. This team is comprised of three functions – Corporate Strategy to drive analytics to support strategic decisions, Execution Management to lead the rollout of this work and drive implementation across the organization, and Change Enablement to develop a change strategy and amplify key initiatives.

Chris Demuth, Senior Vice President, People Services, ESG, Belonging & Corporate Philanthropy

In addition, Chris Demuth has been elevated to Senior Vice President, People Services, ESG, Belonging & Corporate Philanthropy. In this expanded role, she will provide governance over the company’s culture alongside Eric Severson, Executive Vice President, Chief People & Belonging OfficerNMG has partnerships with Textile Exchange, Give Back Box and FASHIONPHILE to support its increased focus on sustainability. The company is also beginning to advance workplace equality by aligning its practices with external standards such Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a move it started earlier this year.

Tiffin Jernstedt, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer

Lastly, Tiffin Jernstedt has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer. Jernstedt officially joins NMG with over 15 years of experience leading global fashion and lifestyle brands communications. She previously served in leadership roles at PVH, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. Jernstedt will report to van Raemdonck and Severson and will join the organization’s Group Leadership Team.

“I am confident that with these three leaders and their impressive backgrounds and experience, we will achieve the goals outlined in our growth roadmap and make life extraordinary for our customers and associates,” said Eric Severson, Chief People & Belonging Officer, Neiman Marcus Group.