Macy’s has named Patti Ongman Chief Merchandising Officer, effective March 1. She will succeed Jeff Kantor, who is retiring from the role.
Ongman has been with Macy’s for several decades, and currently serves as EVP and General Business Manager for Macy’s Home. Her new role will put her in charge of merchandising, private brands and planning for the company’s five “families-of-business”: Ready-to-Wear, Center Core, Beauty, Men’s and Kid’s and Home.
“Patti is a world-class merchant with a stellar reputation in the market,” said Hal Lawton, President of Macy’s in a statement. “As a 33-year veteran at Macy’s, she’s a trusted leader to our colleagues and a valued partner to our vendors. I am confident that Patti is the right person with the right experience to continue transforming our merchandising organization to move faster and be more flexible.”
Macy’s has been bucking some of the troubles faced by its department store rivals, managing 3.3% same-store sales growth in the fiscal quarter ended Nov. 3, 2018. The company reported strong growth for its digital offerings and continued improvement at its brick-and-mortar stores. The retailer also saw positive results after opening up its loyalty program to all shoppers: Macy’s added 2 million new members between May and November 2018.