TORONTO-In a revamping of its top-level executive structure, Hudson’s Bay Co. has appointed Bonnie Brooks, its president, vice chairman and has designated Liz Rodbell to succeed her as president.
In her new role, Brooks will advise Richard Baker, chairman and CEO, and the retail company’s board of directors. She will also continue to provide input into both the Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor businesses—which, along with home specialty store Home Outfitters, constitute the three retail holdings of the 343-year-old company.
Rodbell has become president after serving as Hudson’s Bay’s executive vice president and chief merchant, to which she was appointed in February 2012. In this role, she led the merchant integration of the Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay banners and drove the repositioning of the buying group. Prior to this, she served in various merchandising positions for Lord & Taylor, which she joined in 1985, including executive vice president of merchandising and senior vice president and general merchandise manager.
Both Brooks and Rodbell report to Baker. The transition of each executive into her new role will begin today and will be completed by January 2014.
Baker said, “This new structure will continue to drive our long-term growth strategy, as we build upon the company’s momentum toward revitalizing its banners and product offerings, and strengthening the customer experience.”