Belk promotes Zant to president, chief merchandising officer

Charlotte, N.C. – Belk Inc. today named David Zant as the company’s new president and chief merchandising officer, effective Aug. 11.

Zant replaces Kathryn Bufano, who resigned this week to accept the role of ceo at The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. He will report to Tim Belk, chairman and CEO.

“We are very pleased to announce David Zant’s promotion to our top merchandising and marketing post,” Tim Belk said. “He is an exceptional merchant who is well-respected in our industry, and who will bring great strategic leadership to these areas of our business.” Since 2008 Zant has served as Belk’s executive vice president and general merchandising manager of men’s, home and kids. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and gmm of feminine apparel from 2004 to 2005, when he left to join The Bon-Ton Stores as vice chairman of private brands, merchandise planning and Internet marketing.

Zant began his retail career in 1978 and held senior merchandising positions with Saks, Incorporated and the former Mercantile Stores Company Inc. before joining Belk in June 2001 as president of Belk’s former central division in Charlotte. He was subsequently named executive vice president and gmm of men’s and home in August 2002 as part of the company’s consolidation of the merchandising and marketing functions.

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