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Francine Klein retires as Bloomingdale’s merchandising chief after 45 years with retailer

January 29, 2020

Bloomingdale's beauty floor A new beauty floor is the latest addition to the revamped Bloomingdale's flagship. Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's


Bloomingdale’s has announced the retirement of Francine Klein, merchandising chief of the U.S. department store chain and a 45-year veteran of the company.

Mrs. Klein Feb. 28 ends her tenure as executive vice president and general merchandise manager for center core products such as handbags, shoes, fine jewelry, fashion accessories and beauty, as well as Bloomingdale’s outlets.

“Francine has been a driving force in the evolution of Bloomingdale’s and her legacy is one that has shaped who we are today,” said Tony Spring, chairman/CEO of Bloomingdale’s, in a statement.

“Francine has been an integral part in our growth and has made an immeasurable impact on Bloomingdale’s and the retail industry,” he said.

Owned by Macy’s Inc., Bloomingdale’s is one of the leading department store chains in the United States, along with Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Department stores in the U.S. are under tremendous pressure from monobrand stores and ecommerce, both channels gaining popularity with affluent consumers.

Bloomingdale's on 59th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York. Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's Bloomingdale's on 59th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York. Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Mrs. Klein’s successor is Stacie Borteck, who has held positions as vice president and divisional merchandise manager of cosmetics and fragrances, and divisional merchandise manager of center core products for since joining the company in 2007. Her promotion is effective Feb. 3.

Stacie Borteck Stacie Borteck

Michelle Israel will continue as senior vice president of off-price at Bloomingdale’s.

Both executives will report to Mr. Spring.