Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, died January 2, at the age of 58.
In a statement, Nordstrom said, “It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Blake Nordstrom. Blake died in Seattle early this morning, January 2, 2019, at the age of 58. Executive leadership of Nordstrom will continue under company co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom. We appreciate your respect for the privacy of the family during this difficult time.”
Nordstrom chairman of the board, Brad Smith, said, “My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time. Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have continued leadership from co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom.”
The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from president and CEO Matthew Shay in response to the passing of Nordstrom: “In retail, we have been blessed with thoughtful visionaries. They impact all of those who are touched by the industry— whether through employment, through giving back to communities they serve or through a personal and heartfelt belief that leadership is not a right, but an opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact for current and future generations of those that follow. Blake Nordstrom embodied that commitment. He was a servant leader and a friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”