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Macy’s to launch online fashion competition show

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Macy’s and Maker Studios, the world’s largest producer and distributor of online video content for Millennials, announced a collaboration to launch an original fashion-lifestyle series, to be called “The Next Style Star.” The program will feature 16 up-and-coming stylists battling head-to-head for a $10,000 cash prize, a chance to serve as a guest stylist on an upcoming Macy’s photo shoot, and have his or her winning look featured in the Impulse Department at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City.

The 10-episode series will be hosted by TV personality, fashion expert and makeup artist Jeannie Mai. It will debut April 3 on Maker’s fashion and beauty network, The Platform, and also on Macys.com/stylestar. New episodes will go live every Thursday at 1 p.m. EST, following the April 3 debut.

“With an ongoing focus on the Millennial customer, Macy’s is passionate about creating innovative partnerships that will result in fresh, entertaining and useful content for our customers,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Maker Studios is known for producing inventive video that appeals to the artful and sharp-witted tastes of this generation, and by joining forces to create ‘The Next Style Star,’ we can showcase the best of what both brands have to offer.”

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Egg producer names Webb to new ops role

BY CSA STAFF

The nation’s largest egg producer, Cal-Maine Foods, named Wil Webb to a new role as vp of operations.

Webb will be responsible for the company’s extensive production facilities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi and reports to Cal-Maine COO Sherman Miller. Webb has been employed with Cal-Maine Foods since 1997 and most recently served as general manager of the company’s operations in Edwards, Mississippi.

“We are pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication that Wil Webb has shown to Cal-Maine Foods for over 17 years,” said Dolph Baker, chairman, president and CEO. “He brings extensive field experience to this position, having served in different locations for Cal-Maine Foods. He also understands the critical details involved in effectively managing our day-to-day operations. We are proud to have Wil join our management team, and we look forward to his valuable contributions as we continue to pursue our growth strategy.”

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Macy’s head merchant Gennette named president

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Jeffrey Gennette will take on the new role of president at Macy’s after serving the past five years as the department store retailer’s chief merchandising officer.

Gennette will report to Macy’s chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren and retain day-to-day responsibility for Macy’s merchandising functions, as well as oversight of marketing and macys.com. In addition, he assumes oversight responsibility for Macy’s private brands organization.

"Jeff Gennette is an outstanding merchant who has proven to be an insightful strategist and strong leader in our company," Lundgren said. "As our president, with the additional responsibility for Macy’s private brands, Gennette will have a total view of Macy’s merchandise assortment and marketing strategy – both in stores and online – consistent with our omnichannel vision. Our exclusive private brands, which have provided a powerful competitive advantage for Macy’s, will continue to play a vitally important role in delivering fashion, quality and value to our customers."

Gennette, 52, has nearly two decades of experience at Macys. Prior the five years he spent as chief merchandising officer, he served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West for the previous year, and was chairman and CEO of Macy’s Northwest in Seattle from December 2005 to February 2008. Before that, Gennette was EVP and director of stores for Macy’s Central in Atlanta and SVP/general merchandise manager at Macy’s West. Gennette joined Macy’s West in 1983 as an executive trainee and held various merchant and store management positions in that division. During his career, Gennette also has served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores.

Macy’s ended last year with 840 stores and annual sales of nearly $28 billion.

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