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Hudson's Bay Co. Fetes Liz Rodbell

Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to congratulate the merchant on her elevation to president of Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay.

ALL FOR LIZ: It was pushing-room only at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York Wednesday night as hundreds of well-wishers turned out to congratulate Liz Rodbell on her elevation to president of Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay. Vendors, coworkers and editors jammed into the Grill Room and shoved their way to the merchant, who greeted everyone from Leonard Lauder and Elie Tahari to Josie Natori and Vera Wang.

“This is so fantastic,” an overwhelmed Rodbell said. “It was so gracious of Richard and Don to do this.” The evening was hosted by Hudson’s Bay Co.’s governor and chief executive officer Richard Baker and president Don Watros. Baker said the overflow turnout didn’t surprise him. “Liz is a major player in the department store space, so I’m not surprised by all the love,” he said.