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HR: Rising Stars in a Talent-Starved Industry

An industry bereft of talent? Not quite, though that is certainly the popular perception.

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  • Tony Spring, Blooming­dale's senior executive vice president in charge of stores, shopping services, visual and store design and planning. He's close to Michael Gould, chairman and ceo, and apparently is being groomed to run a division of Federated Department Stores by moving from merchandise to marketing and store operations slots. Federated does have more experienced executives who would be considered as potential Bloomingdale's ceo's of the future, including Frank Doroff, Bloomingdale's senior executive vice president of women's who once headed up Bullock's, and Julie Greiner, ceo of Macy's Florida, who previously presided over stores for Bloomingdale's.
  • Jeff Morgan, president of product licensing at Polo Ralph Lauren. He's got a diversified, multichannel background including Men's Health magazine and Ralph Lauren media, and has handled a range of assignments at Polo.
  • Cammie Dunaway, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Yahoo. She has an interesting background, having spent 13 years at Frito Lay, supervising a $3 billion portfolio with such brands as Doritos, Cheetos and Ruffles, and most recently vice president and general manager of kids and teen brands at Pepsico, before joining Yahoo.
  • Gina Boswell, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Avon North America. She worked at Estée Lauder for a few years, joined Ford Motors in 1999 as head of business strategy and then went to Avon as senior vice president, strategy and business development. She's on headhunters' radar for running a wholesale company.
  • Michael Tucci, president of North American retail, Coach. He started in the Macy's training program, spent eight years at Gap Inc., including stints at Old Navy, Gap Kids and Gap Body, ran Aéropostale and can rally people around a vision. He's considered a strategist with excellent people skills who can drive results.
  • Mark Breitbard, senior vice president and general manager for Ruehl at Abercrombie & Fitch. Previously in merchandising at GapKids, BabyGap and Banana Republic, his background includes running a start-up juice business in Europe called Fresh Europe, demonstrating an entrepreneurial spirit. For about a year at Gap, he was Mickey Drexler's personal assistant, which involved a range of activities for Drexler from organizational and strategic issues to writing speech copy.
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