Exclusive: Chief Merchant Tom Ott Exiting Saks Off 5th

After a 24-year run, Tom Ott is about to bid adieu to Saks Fifth Avenue.
In the latest restructuring at the luxury department store, Ott, senior merchant of Saks Off 5th, will be leaving the company on Aug. 30.
Ott’s position will be split between two other employees who are also longtime Saks Off 5th executives. Christine Merrick, formerly vice president and divisional merchandise manager of shoes and handbags for Off 5th, has been elevated to senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s, kids, shoes and handbags. Allison Ross, formerly vice president and dmm of women’s contemporary for Off 5th, has been named senior vice president and gmm of women’s, accessories, beauty and home.
Both will report to Marc Metrick, president of Saks Fifth Avenue, who oversees the Off 5th off-price chain, which operates over 100 stores in the U.S. and Canada.
“Tom has had a meaningful impact on the business in his 24-year career with the company, from his significant leadership in men’s to his more recent role at Saks Off 5th, we are grateful for his contributions,” Metrick said. “At Saks Off 5th, we continue our strategy to evolve the business to be more of a true off-price player and

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