Macy’s Names Ongman Chief Merchandising Officer

Macy’s has named Patti Ongman as the retailer’s chief merchandising officer, succeeding Jeff Kantor who is retiring.

Currently, the department store chain’s evp/general business manager for home, Ongman will officially take her new position on March 1.

In her new role, Ongman will be responsible for leading Macy’s merchandising, with oversight 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. As a 33-year veteran at Macy’s, she’s a trusted leader to our colleagues and a valued partner to our vendors,” said Hal Lawton, Macy’s president. “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.”

Ongman has been with Macy’s for more than 30 years. In her most recent role as evp/general business manager, for home, Ongman was responsible for all aspects of the Macy’s home business, including merchandising, private brands and planning.

“I’m excited to lead the Macy’s merchandising organization along with my team of first-class merchants. We will build on the great work the team has done, and we will continue to get better every day. I know this will be a smooth transition with Jeff’s support,” said Ongman.