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Belk president & cmo to take sabbatical, shift role

Charlotte, N.C. – McKay Belk, president and chief merchandising officer for the regional department that bears his family’s name, plans to take a year-long sabbatical to concentrate on ministry work.

“I seriously considered attending seminary 30 years ago before my father convinced me to enter the retail world,” said McKay Belk. “I think the time is right to shift my priorities and devote more time to serving others. One of the most difficult aspects of my decision was knowing that I will be leaving a great team at Belk and a large number of supportive business partners throughout the industry who have played an integral role in my career and our company’s success.”

After his sabbatical, which begins Aug. 3, Belk will begin an 18-month appointment as vice chairman, providing advice on merchandising strategy and vendor relations. He will also remain on the retailer’s board of directors.

His direct reports -- Kathy Bufano, president of merchandising and marketing, and Amy Wooden, executive vp of merchandise planning and allocation and eCommerce – will report to chairman and ceo Tim Belk.

Les Satinover, vp of visual merchandise presentation, will report to Johnny Belk, president and chief operating officer.

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