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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hal Lawton President of Macy's

Hal Lawton has been named president of Macy's, effective Sept. 8, 2017. As president, Mr. Lawton will be responsible for all aspects of the Macy's brand, including merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, technology, and consumer insights and analytics. He will report to Jeff Gennette, Macy's, Inc. chief executive officer. Mr. Lawton has strong technology and digital expertise and was most recently senior vice president, eBay North America. He spent his earlier career at Home Depot and McKinsey & Company. 

As SVP of eBay North America, Mr. Lawton was responsible for all aspects of eBay's Americas business unit and oversaw a period of sustained, sequential performance improvement. Prior to joining eBay, Mr. Lawton spent 10 years in various leadership roles at Home Depot, where he was most recently SVP for merchandising. While at Home Depot, Mr. Lawton was responsible for jump-starting homedepot.com and building it into a nearly $2 billion business. 
Improvements to Merchandising, Strengthened Consumer Insights and Data Analytics Capabilities 

The company also announced the restructuring of its merchandising operations and the strengthening of its consumer insights and data analytics capabilities. 

The restructuring includes the consolidation of three functions - merchandising, planning and private brands - into a single Merchandising function to be led by Jeff Kantor and organized around five 'families-of-business' (Ready-to-Wear, Center Core, Beauty, Men's and Kid's, and Home). Feeding into this new merchandising structure are strengthened customer insights and data analytics, which the company is expanding to include inventory replenishment and pricing capabilities. 

Jeff Kantor has nearly four decades of experience with Macy's, Inc. and its predecessor companies. He was named chief stores officer of Macy's, Inc. in February 2015, responsible for overseeing all aspects of store strategy, management and operations. He assumed additional responsibility for Human Resources in February 2017. Previously, Kantor was named chairman of macys.com and served as macys.com's president for merchandising. Prior to that, Kantor had been Macy's president, merchandising for home. Kantor was previously president and chief executive officer of the Hecht's/Strawbridge's division of the May Department Stores Company, which was acquired by Macy's, Inc. in 2005. Kantor started his career as an assistant buyer at the Boston-based Filene's/Kaufmann's division of May Company in 1981. 

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