DALLAS, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Katz, President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Stores, has announced the promotion of Ken Downing to Senior Vice President, Fashion Director. In his new role, Mr. Downing will manage the New York City fashion office of Neiman Marcus and will be based at the store headquarters in Dallas, TX. He will report to Ann Stordahl, Executive Vice President, Women's Apparel. "Ken's deep understanding of our customer, knowledge of our buying organization and relationships within the fashion community make him an excellent choice for this key position," said Karen Katz. "His energy and commitment to our business are inspiring to us all." Ken assumed his current position, Vice President, Public Relations, in 1997. He joined Neiman Marcus Stores in 1990 in the Visual department of the Beverly Hills store. In 1992 he advanced to Visual Manager in the same store and subsequently was promoted to Director of Visual Planning and Presentation for all stores. Prior to joining Neiman Marcus, Ken worked in visual merchandising at I. Magnin. Mr. Downing is a graduate of Seattle Central College and The Fashion Institute of Technology and has a degree in apparel design. The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both print catalog and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com .
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