05 Aug Belk Appoints President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Belk appointed David Zant to president and chief merchandising officer, effective Aug. 11. He replaces Kathryn Bufano, who was just named CEO at The Bon-Ton Stores.
Zant, who will report to Belk Chairman and CEO Tim Belk, has served as executive vice president and GMM of Belk men’s, home and kids since 2008. He was executive vice president and GMM of feminine apparel from 2004 until 2005, when he left to join The Bon-Ton Stores as vice chairman of private brands, merchandise planning and internet marketing.
Zant began his retail career in 1978 and held senior merchandising positions with Saks and the former Mercantile Stores Company before joining Belk in June 2001 as president of Belk’s former Central Division in Charlotte. He was subsequently named executive vice president and GMM of men’s and home in August 2002 as part of the company’s consolidation of the merchandising and marketing functions.