Gould retiring from Bloomie's
Staff Staff -- Home Textiles Today, October 30, 2013
New York - Longtime Bloomingdale's chairman and ceo Michael Gould will step down from his role effective Feb. 1 and will be succeeded by current president and coo Tony Spring.
"Leading this great brand and organization to a new level of success over two decades has been a great privilege. I feel that now is the appropriate time for a change for both the company and myself," Gould said.
Gould, 70, joined Bloomingdale's at the helm in 1991. Previously, he was president and ceo of Giorgio Beverly Hills, a position he had held since 1987. He joined Giorgio in 1986 as president and coo. Gould got his start at the Brooklyn-based Abraham & Straus division of Federated Department Stores Inc. in 1968 as an executive trainee and rose to become a merchandise vice president. In 1978, he joined J.W. Robinson's in Los Angeles in a senior merchant role, and in 1981 became Robinson's chairman and ceo.
"Mike Gould has been an outstanding and inspirational leader who has strengthened Bloomingdale's position as an upscale fashion trendsetter known and loved by customers around the globe. Bloomingdale's truly is like no other store in the world," said Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's Inc., parent company of Bloomingdale's.
Spring, 48, became Bloomingdale's president and coo in 2008, overseeing stores, marketing, creative services, finance, operations and restaurants. He joined Bloomingdale's in 1987 as an executive trainee in the White Plains, N.Y., store. Over the next eight years, he assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the home furnishings area before being promoted to senior vp for home furnishings. In 1997, Spring was named senior vp for marketing. A year later, he was promoted to executive vp for marketing; and in 2003, added bloomingdales.com, Bloomingdale's by Mail and restaurants to his responsibilities. In 2004, Spring was named senior executive vp for marketing, Bloomingdale's Direct and restaurants. A year later, he was promoted to senior executive vp and director of stores, with additional responsibility for Bloomingdale's shopping services and creative services.
"Tony Spring also has been an integral part of Bloomingdale's formula of success for 26 years, and we are excited about his new, elevated role leading this exceptional omnichannel brand going forward," said Lundgren.
A successor to Spring as president of Bloomingdale's is expected to be named in 2014.
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