Barbara Rentler (born 1958) is a businesswoman, and the current CEO of Fortune 500 company, Ross Stores Inc.
Ms. Rentler has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors since June 2014. From 2009 to May 2014, she was President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Ross Dress for Less and Executive Vice President, Merchandising, from 2006 to 2009. She also served at dd’s DISCOUNTS as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer from 2005 to 2006 and Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, she held various merchandising positions since joining the Company in 1986.
Rentler joined Ross Stores in February, 1986. She held a variety of merchandising jobs until February 2001 when she became Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager at Ross Dress for Less. She held those positions until January, 2004, when she became Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer at dd’s DISCOUNTS. In February 2005, until December 2006 she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer of dd’s DISCOUNTS. Beginning in December 2006 Rentler took on the responsibility of Executive Vice President of Merchandising. She was responsible for all Ross Apparel and Apparel-related products. In December, 2009 she was appointed the President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Ross Dress for Less. After less than five later Rentler was promoted to Chief Executive Officer on May 7, 2014. On June 1, 2014 she took over as CEO upon the retirement of the previous CEO, Michael Balmuth.
Ross Stores, Inc., is an American chain of off-price department stores headquartered in Dublin, California, operating under the name Ross Dress for Less. It is the largest off-price retailer in the United States, though T.J. Maxx and Marshalls combined, both of which are owned by TJX Companies, would be larger together.
As of August 2015 Ross operates 1,254 locations in 33 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Guam, covering much of the country, but with no presence in New England, New York, northern New Jersey, Alaska, and areas of the Midwest.