Macy's shuffle: Kantor to dot-com, Magann to head home

Jennifer Negley, June 22, 2010

New York - Jeff Kantor, currently Macy's president and gmm for home, has been named president, merchandising for He will oversee all merchandising for and succeeds Helaine Suval, evp, merchandising, who announced her retirement effective spring 2011.

Kantor will report to Peter Sachse, chairman of

Lisa Magann has been named Macy's evp, gmm for home replacing Kantor. She will report to Jeff Gennette, chief merchandising officer in her new role.

Suval will assume a new role until her retirement and will oversee the development of an accelerated growth strategy in the e-commerce business. She will work with Sachse and Kent Anderson, president operations for

Kantor has been president merchandising home since May 2009. Previously, he was president for furniture for Macy's Home Store from February 2006. He was president of Hecht/Strawbridge's from November 2004 to February 2006. Earlier he held senior merchandising positions in non-home areas at Filene's/Kaufmann's. He joined Filene's, then a division of Federated, in 1981. In the mid-90s he was a dvp for mens furnishings at T.J.Maxx.

Magann has been gvp-dmm of housewares/confections since May 2009. She began her career at G.Fox and later developed her merchandising career throughout the home organizations at May Co. and Macy's. In 1992 she was promoted to dmm of home textiles at Filene's, given a larger assignment at Robinson's/May as vp/dmm housewares and in 2008 she was named vp dmm mattresses and rugs at Macy's Home Store.

Suval has played an instrumental role in the growth of Macy's e-commerce business since joining the organization in 2000. Prior to joining, she had extensive experience both in store and e-commerce retailing with, Avon, Bloomingdale's and Bullock's.

The executive changes are effective Aug. 1.


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