by Stephen Garner

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Stein Mart, Inc. has appointed Dawn Robertson as its chief executive officer and has been elected to Stein Mart’s board of directors. Robertson will also have the responsibilities of chief merchant for the foreseeable future. She succeeds Jay Stein, the company’s founder and long standing chief executive officer, who had advised the Board of his desire to step back from that position. However, Stein will remain Stein Mart’s chairman of the board.

Over the past decade, Robertson was the chief executive officer or president of several retail companies, including UNKNWN, Deb Shops, Nygard International and The Avenue. She has also held various executive positions at Old Navy, Myer Stores, Federated Department Stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, and May Department Stores.

“Dawn brings with her over 25 years’ executive management experience at major retailers and department stores,” said Jay Stein. “With her leadership and industry knowledge, she will help us build on our growth initiatives and bring a fresh focus to our company and merchandising organization that will benefit us immensely.”