Macy’s Searches for New Bluemercury CEO

Jamie Grill-Goodman
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Bluemercury founders Marla and Barry Beck are stepping down, leaving Macy's to search for a new CEO to steer the beauty business it acquired in 2015. 

Barry Beck, Bluemercury’s chief operating officer, will step down on September 20 to pursue a new entrepreneurial venture. Bluemercury’s CEO Marla Beck will stay and continue to lead the business during a transition period as Macy’s conducts a search for the next CEO, in which the department store retailer will consider both internal and external candidates.

“Bluemercury has experienced robust growth since becoming a part of Macy’s, Inc. in 2015, in large part due to the vision and leadership of Marla and Barry Beck,” said Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette. “Beauty is one of Macy’s six Destination Businesses, and we will continue to leverage Bluemercury’s successful formula to learn from and drive growth.”

“When we founded Bluemercury 20 years ago, we could never have imagined having nearly 190 locations across 26 states,” said Marla Beck. “We are grateful to have joined a company that has given us the independence and runway to grow so aggressively. I know Macy’s will continue to guide and support this brand into the future. I am excited for my next adventure and look forward to leading a smooth transition.”

“Bluemercury has accomplished so much as a part of Macy’s,” added Barry Beck. “We have successfully scaled our neighborhood store model across the country as we stayed in the forefront of beauty innovation. I know we’re leaving the company in good hands, and I look forward to continuing to watch the brand grow and fulfill its enormous potential.”