Tim Belk, Belk CEO, to Retire

Lisa Harper, former Hot Topic chief, to succeed Belk
June 29, 2016David Gill

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Tim Belk will retire as CEO of Belk Inc., to be succeeded by Lisa Harper, who previously served as CEO of Hot Topic, July 5.

Belk, grandson of the retailer’s founder, William Henry Belk, has been with the company since 1981. He served in a variety of roles, including buyer, store manager, divisional merchandise manager for men’s and boys, senior vice president of human resources and president of stores and real estate before becoming CEO in 2004. He led Belk through its acquisitions of Parisian, Proffitt’s and McRae’s, and through its purchase by Sycamore Partners, which was closed in December.

Belk will remain on the company’s board. “Tim’s vision and passion as a leader were among the qualities that first attracted us to Belk, and I look forward to continuing to work with him on the board,” said Stefan Kaluzny, Belk’s chairman and managing partner of Sycamore Partners.

Harper served as CEO of Hot Topic from 2011 until June of this year. Prior to that, she was chairman and CEO of Gymboree, the specialty retailer of children’s and women’s apparel. She also held various creative, merchandising and design positions at Gymboree and, before that, held similar positions with several other clothing retailers, including Limited Too, Esprit de Corp., GapKids, Mervyn’s and Levi Strauss.

“We are excited for the company’s next chapter, and we believe Lisa will position Belk for future success as we build on the company’s legacy and continue to deliver its Modern. Southern. Style,” Kaluzny said.


David GillDavid Gill | Senior Editor

David Gill covers home textiles, small electrics housewares, personal-care products, cleaning products, mattresses, consumer electronics and major appliances. He also reports on retailers and writes about the business and financial side of both vendors and retailers. He has more than 30 years of experience in business journalism, and has worked for other publications and websites that cover consumer products from both the manufacturer and retailer sides. His outside interests include sports (he is a big fan of the New York teams and of British soccer), cooking, movies and theater. He occasionally enjoys a good cigar as well.


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