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McKay Belk on 12-month Sabbatical

(Filed Under Fashion News). Following a 30-year career with Belk, Inc., McKay Belk, most recently known as president and chief merchandising officer of the company, has decided to take a 12-month sabbatical to devote time to ministry-related activities. The sabbatical began August 3, 2009.

After the sabbatical, Belk will begin an 18-month appointment as vice chairman, where he will continue to provide the company advice and counsel on merchandising strategy and vendor relations. He will also continue to serve as a member of the Belk, Inc. board of directors.

"I seriously considered attending seminary 30 years ago before my father convinced me to enter the retail world," said Belk. "I think the time is right to shift my priorities and devote more time to serving others. One of the most difficult aspects of my decision was knowing that I will be leaving the great team at Belk and a large number of supportive business partners throughout the industry who have played an integral role in my career and our company's success."

Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of the company added: "McKay has led many strategic initiatives that contributed to a period of tremendous expansion and improvement in financial results. They include the consolidation of our merchandising and marketing functions, the integration of merchandise planning and allocation processes, the building of our women's apparel and private brands businesses, the cultivation of key vendor relationships and the development of a very strong merchandising and marketing team.

Belk executives previously reporting to McKay Belk, including Kathy Bufano, president of merchandising and marketing, and Amy Wooden, executive vice president of merchandise planning and allocation and eCommerce, are now reporting to Tim Belk. Les Satinover, vice president of visual merchandise presentation, is now reporting to Johnny Belk, president and chief operating officer.

For further information, contact Ralph Pitts at (704) 426-8402 or at

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Published 08-10-2009 by Bruna Fernandes

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