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Ruth Hartman

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President, Lord + Taylor

With a lifelong love of retail, Ruth began her career as a sales associate at the Prudential Center Lord + Taylor while attending college in Boston. Today, as president of Lord + Taylor, she brings her infectious passion and innovative vision to the company. Her experience uniquely straddles the traditional and next-gen, driving her mission to define the future of retail.

With 20-plus years of in-depth business and merchandising expertise, Ruth worked at Henri Bendel in New York before joining the buying team at Macy\’s in San Francisco. Following her five-year tenure at Macy’s, where she served as senior vice president, Ruth joined DSW’s leadership team, overseeing the $1.2B women\’s footwear business.

Most recently, Ruth sat on Le Tote’s executive team as chief merchandising officer. She oversaw design, production and merchandising, including the development of 11 private-label brands. In addition to her responsibilities as chief merchant, she worked hand-in-hand with the company’s founders to set Le Tote’s business strategy and secure venture capital funding, and was instrumental in the company’s groundbreaking acquisition of Lord + Taylor in 2019.

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