Jeff Gennette was elected chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc. in March 2017 and assumed the role of chairman in February 2018. Gennette previously held the role of president of Macy's, Inc. from 2014 through August 2017. Prior to that, he was the chief merchandising officer of Macy's, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in February 2009.
Gennette began his retail career in 1983 as an executive trainee at Macy's West in San Francisco. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and division merchandise manager for men's collections, and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men's and children's. In 2004, Gennette was appointed executive vice president and director of stores at Macy's Central in Atlanta. During his career, he also served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores, Inc. From February 2006 to February 2008, Gennette served as chairman and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Macy's Northwest. Gennette returned to San Francisco from February 2008 to February 2009 as chairman and CEO of Macy's West.
Gennette is the chairman of the NRF Foundation board of directors and a member of the NRF executive committee.
Gennette, a native of San Diego, is a graduate of Stanford University.
Macy's, Inc., originally Federated Department Stores, Inc., is an American multinational holding company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the owner of department stores Macy's and Bloomingdale's, which specialize in the sales of clothing, footwear, accessories, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares. The company operates approximately 840 stores in the United States; its namesake locations and related operations account for 90 percent of its revenue. The company is well known for its prominent flagship stores located throughout the country, most notably those of Macy's in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles; former facilities include Jordan Marsh in Boston, Dayton's in Minneapolis, Kaufmann's in Pittsburgh, Burdine's in Miami, Rich's in Atlanta, Wanamaker's in Philadelphia, Marshall Field's location in Chicago, G. Foxlocation in Westfarms (Hartford area), and Famous-Barr in St. Louis. Each store home to many unique and beloved city traditions. According to Deloitte, Macy's, Inc. is the world's largest fashion goods retailer and the 36th largest retailer overall, based on the company's reported 2010 retail sales revenue of $25 billion (equivalent to $27 billion in 2014).