HBC Veteran Liz Rodbell Stepping Down from Lord & Taylor

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Liz Rodbell has ended her three-decade career at Lord & Taylor. As of the end of the month, the L&T president and retail veteran is leaving Hudson’s Bay Company.

A company rep has stated that Rodbell has “decided now is the right time for a change and will be with the company through the end of the month after readying Lord & Taylor for the innovative launch of its digital flagship on Walmart.com.”

Prior to her current role as Lord & Taylor president, she was EVP Chief Merchant for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, where she oversaw the merchant organization at both banners since 2012, and successfully integrated the senior leadership of the newly combined company.

Rodbell was inducted into Accessories Magazine’s Merchant Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rodbell started her career as a buyer at A&S, having completed its executive training program. Her initial position at Lord & Taylor in 1985 was as a dress buyer, and she quickly moved up to DMM over the dress category, then SVP GMM of suits, coats, intimate apparel and children’s in 1992. She ultimately became EVP of Merchandising, overseeing the women’s merchandise categories.

Rodbell is extremely active and involved in the fashion industry. She’s on the board of Parsons Board of Governors, Two Ten Footwear Foundation, as well as the advisory board of Fashion Group International. In 2015, she was named one of Crain’s 50 Most Poweful Women, and was honored as Outstanding Mother of the Year in 2015 by the Mother’s Day Council. In 2014, she was presented with the “Way to Win” Award from Win. She has served as a dinner chair for Win, AJC, Parsons and CTF.


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