Neiman Marcus Merging Stores and Online

Apr 02, 2014 1:25 PM  By

Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. announced it is merging the merchandising and planning organization for Neiman Marcus Stores and Neiman Marcus Online into a single team to reflect the omnichannel direction of the brand. These changes will go into effect on April 14.

Jim Gold has been named President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus Group. Gold will lead an integrated merchant and planning team for Neiman Marcus Stores and Online. Gold joined the company in 1991. Prior to his current position, Gold served as President of Specialty Retail, Neiman Marcus Group.

To ensure a seamless customer experience, John Koryl has been named President, Neiman Marcus Stores and Online, Neiman Marcus Group. In his expanded role, Koryl will be responsible for Neiman Marcus store operations and sales, eeommerce domestic and international operations and sales, site merchandising, site optimization and customer care. Koryl joined the company in 2011. Prior to his current position, Koryl served as President, Neiman Marcus Online.

Gold and Koryl will continue to report to Karen Katz, Neiman Marcus Group President and CEO. Joshua Schulman will now report to Katz in his role as President, Bergdorf Goodman.

“Over the years the way our customers shop our stores and websites has changed, and will continue to change with the increasing popularity and convenience of smart phones and tablets,” Katz said in a press release. “Our customers do not differentiate between channels and now neither will we. These changes allow us to operate as one, single, Neiman Marcus brand.”

As part of this reorganization, the Divisional Merchandise Manager positions will become omnichannel. The current buying roles will remain the same, with buyers solely focused on one channel.

Meiman Marcus Groups’ fiscal year 2014 financial reports show a trend towards online. For the first quarter, its specialty retail division grew 4.5% and its ecommerce sales were up 10.4%. For the second quarter ending Feb. 1, specialty retail sales grew 2.6% and its ecommerce sales grew 15.1%