Joshua Schulman to Join Bergdorf Goodman as President

Apr 11, 2012, 14:00 ET from The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

DALLAS, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc., announced today that Joshua Schulman will be joining the company as President of Bergdorf Goodman on May 7, 2012.  Mr. Schulman will report directly to Jim Gold, President Specialty Retail, The Neiman Marcus Group.

"Bergdorf Goodman is the pinnacle of luxury retailing, and is known world-wide for its signature style and modern sophistication," said Karen Katz. "Joshua's unique experience blends keen business acumen with creativity and vision. He appreciates the legacy of Bergdorf Goodman but understands brands have to be continually defined and re-defined. From merchandising to marketing to sales and service, he is exceptional in his ability to bring an idea and an ideal to life. He is the perfect leader for Bergdorf Goodman."

Mr. Schulman, 40, joins Neiman Marcus from Jimmy Choo where he was Chief Executive Officer.  In this role, Mr. Schulman oversaw the international expansion of the brand and the growth of  Prior to Jimmy Choo, Mr. Schulman was President, Kenneth Cole New York, and Managing Director, International Strategic Alliances, Gap, Inc. During his eight-year affiliation with the Gucci Group, he served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Merchandising and Wholesale, Yves Saint Laurent, as well as Worldwide Director, Women's Ready-to-Wear, Gucci.

"I am thrilled that Joshua will be joining us as President of Bergdorf Goodman," said Jim Gold. "His deep product knowledge and passion for the customer experience makes him the perfect individual to craft the next chapter at Bergdorf Goodman. I have every confidence that Joshua will make a lasting mark on this great institution."

"I am tremendously honored to join Bergdorf Goodman, the ultimate luxury specialty retailer," said Joshua Schulman. "I look forward to working with the talented teams at Bergdorf Goodman and the Neiman Marcus Group to enhance this world class brand, build the business and consistently exceed the expectations of the sophisticated clients who treasure the store."

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

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