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Ex-Home Depot CEO named to Macy's board


Macy's is adding a retail industry and corporate governance expert its board of directors.

The retailer has named Frank Blake, recently former chairman and chief executive officer of Home Depot, its board. Blake’s election increases the size of the board to 14 members.

“Frank Blake is an outstanding addition to Macy’s, Inc.’s board, which is one of the strongest and most diverse in our industry,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. “Frank has deep operating experience and will be helpful as we seek continuous improvement in execution, especially in our stores organization. At Home Depot, he created a service culture and stressed employee engagement in leading one of America’s largest retailers through a period of exceptional growth and success. Moreover, he is deeply experienced in corporate governance and the management of large and complex organizations. We look forward to his guidance and counsel as Macy’s, Inc. pursues new directions in serving customers at a time of evolving shopping preferences and patterns.”

Blake, 66, was named Home Depot’s chairman and chief executive officer in 2007 and served in that capacity until retiring as CEO in November 2014 and as chairman in February 2015. He joined Home Depot in 2002 as executive vice president for business development and corporate operations, with responsibility for real estate, store construction, credit services, strategic business development, growth initiatives, call centers and the home services business.

Prior to joining Home Depot, Blake served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he managed operations, led policy decisions and oversaw a $19 billion budget. Previously, he served in a series of senior roles at General Electric, including senior VP for corporate development and general counsel of GE Power Systems. Earlier in his career, Blake served as general counsel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and deputy counsel to Vice President George H.W. Bush.

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