Jeff Gennette was appointed Chief Executive Officer on March 23, 2017. Prior to CEO, Gennette was President of Macys, Inc. since March 2014. Previously, he was Chief Merchandising Officer of Macy’s, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, 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 increased responsibilities, including vice president and division merchandise manager for mens collections and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for mens and childrens. 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. February 2008 to February 2009 brought him back to San Francisco as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West.
From November 2011 to December 2016, Jeff was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Public Library, appointed by The Honorable Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City. He was also a member of the BPL Whitman Circle, which provides essential support for core literacy and outreach programs in the local community.
May 2013, Gennette was honored by Ronald McDonald House New York at their record-breaking 35th Year Anniversary Retail Fund-Raising Gala, with all of the proceeds benefiting families & their children battling pediatric cancers.
Gennette was appointed to the Partnership For New York City Board & Executive Committee in December 2016.
He became a CEO Business Roundtable Member in March 2017. BRT is an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
Gennette, a native of San Diego, is a graduate of Stanford University.
He and his family reside in the New York City area.