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Sachse takes on new role at Macy's

CINCINNATI — Macy’s Inc. announced that Peter Sachse, the company's chief marketing officer and chairman of Macys.com, will succeed Ron Klein as chief stores officer, effective Feb. 13. Klein will retire from Macy's effective March 31, after 36 years with the company. 

Sachse will be responsible for the nationwide portfolio of Macy’s stores, as well as the region and district stores organization and visual merchandising. He also will retain responsibility for the company’s omnichannel strategy, which brings together stores, online and mobile capabilities to serve customers whenever and wherever they want to shop. He will remain a member of the company’s executive committee and continue to report to Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc.

Jeffrey Gennette, Macy’s chief merchandising officer, will assume additional responsibility for overseeing marketing and Macys.com. He will closely coordinate those functions within the company’s My Macy’s localization and omnichannel strategies. Gennette will remain a member of the company’s executive committee and continue to report to Lundgren.

Jeff Kantor, president merchandising of Macys.com, will become chairman of Macys.com, effective Feb. 13. Kantor and Kent Anderson, President of macys.com, will continue to oversee Macy's Internet business and play a key role in the omnichannel strategy. Kantor will join the company's executive committee and report to Gennette.

Martine Reardon, EVP marketing, will succeed Sachse as Macy’s chief marketing officer, effective Feb. 13. In this role, Reardon will be responsible for all marketing, advertising, creative development, social media, cause marketing, brand public relations, tourism marketing, customer insights and data analysis. She will join the company’s executive committee and report to Gennette.

“These changes reflect the strength of our senior-level talent and the teamwork that drives our company’s key growth strategies – My Macy’s localization, omnichannel, and MAGIC Selling customer engagement. Our organization is deep and experienced, which facilitates our ability to crisply execute strategies and to move quickly to capitalize on new opportunities as they arise,” Lundgren said.

“We salute the outstanding contributions that Ron Klein has made to our company for nearly four decades. I respect him as a colleague and value him as a friend. In every position over the years, Ron has led with passion. He keenly understands customers’ needs and how to serve them through stores that are customer-centric and locally focused. Ron and Peter have worked side-by-side for many years, which allows us to move forward without skipping a beat,” he added.

Sachse, 53, added the role of Macy’s chief marketing officer in February 2009, along with serving as chairman and CEO of macys.com since April 2006. He also served as president of Macy’s corporate marketing and was the company's first chief marketing officer in June 2003. Prior to serving in these roles, Sachse was president and COO of The Bon Marché in Seattle. He began his retail career with Macy's in Kansas City and was division merchandise manager at Bullock's in Los Angeles. He was also EVP, general merchandise manager at Macy's East and was later promoted to vice chair, director of stores of Macy’s East. A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Sachse lives in the New York City area. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Klein, 62, was named Macy’s chief stores officer in February 2009. His previous roles with the company included chairman and CEO of Macy’s East in New York, chairman of Rich's/Lazarus/Goldsmith's in Atlanta, vice chairman and director of stores for Macy's East, and chairman of Stern's in New Jersey. Klein began his retail career in 1974 as a buyer at Bloomingdale’s, and served in merchandising positions of increasing responsibility in several divisions of Federated Department Stores Inc. before moving to Macy’s East in 1998. In the mid-1980s, he served for two years as a merchant executive at Saks Fifth Avenue. A native New Yorker, Klein lives in the New York City area. He is a graduate of American University, and holds a master’s degree from New York University.

Gennette, 50, was named Macy’s chief merchandising officer in February 2009. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West since February 2008 after serving as chairman of Macy's Northwest in Seattle and executive vice president and director of stores for Macy's Central in Atlanta. Prior to that, Gennette was SVP, general merchandise manager at Macy's West. Gennette joined Macy's West in 1983 as an executive trainee and also has served with FAO Schwarz and Broadway stores. A native of San Diego, Gennette lives in the New York City area. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

Kantor, 52, was named Macys.com’s president for merchandising in August 2010. Previously he was Macy’s president merchandising for home since May 2009. From February 2006 to May 2009, Kantor was president for furniture for Macy's Home Store. For the previous two years, Kantor was president of the Hecht’s/Strawbridge’s division of the May Department Stores Company, which was acquired by Macy’s Inc. in 2005. He also served as SVP and general merchandise manager for cosmetics, accessories, dresses, suits, intimate apparel and hosiery at the Boston-based Filene’s/Kaufmann’s division of May Company. A native of Belmont, Mass., Kantor joined Filene’s in Boston in 1981 as an assistant buyer for men’s. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and lives in the New York City area.

Reardon, 49, has served as EVP marketing since February 2009. Previously, Reardon served since 2007 as EVP national marketing strategy, events and public relations for Macy’s corporate marketing. Prior positions included SVP marketing and sales promotion at New York-based Macy’s East. Following the merger of Federated Department Stores and R.H. Macy & Co. in 1994, she was named VP media overseeing the Macy’s/Federated marketing effort. Reardon began her retail career in special events at Federated’s Abraham & Straus division in Brooklyn in 1984. A native of New York City, Reardon lives in the New York City area. She is a graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

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