Kathryn Bufano

Taylor Knight is an associate content editor for Target Marketing and Total Retail. She enjoys writing and creating video content to interact with an audience.

Retail Online Integration's fifth annual list of the leading women executives in omnichannel retail features some of the brightest minds in the industry. This year's nominees were chosen for being in a top-level position within an omnichannel retail organization, along with several other criteria, including their scope of responsibility, achievements within their own companies, and their involvement within the retail industry. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the career paths of some of today's leading retail experts, as well as find out what they believe will be the top tip for omnichannel retail success in 2015.

"Project Runway" is about to experience some culture shock: The show has announced that Southern department store Belk will replace Lord & Taylor as the sponsor for its 12th season. "As the authority on lifestyle and fashion in the South," Belk President and Chief Merchandising Officer Kathryn Bufano said, "we are looking forward to adding our perspective to the show."

Belk said it has promoted Kathryn Bufano to president and chief merchandising officer, according to a report by the Charlotte Business Journal. Bufano fills a role previously held by McKay Belk, who will be vice chairman of the retail chain.Bufano has been president of merchandising and marketing since she joined Belk in early 2008. She previously was CEO of the Vanity Shops chain and held executive-level merchandising positions at Sears Roebuck and Co., The Dress Barn, Macy’s East and Lord & Taylor.She will continue to report to Tim Belk, chairman and CEO.

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