By Michelle Graff
Bea Spiech
New York--A Macy’s Inc. spokesperson confirmed Friday that jewelry executive Bea Spiech will retire next year after more than 40 years with the retailer.

Her retirement will become official on Feb. 1, 2014, coinciding with the end of Macy’s fiscal year.

Spiech, the company’s group vice president and divisional merchandise manager for fine jewelry and silver, has held a number of executive positions at Macy’s.

She was named the group vice president and divisional merchandise manager for fine jewelry at Macy’s East in 1989.

In 2009, in the midst of the recession, Macy’s underwent a massive restructuring, eliminating all of its geographical divisions (East, South, etc.) that had once had separate buyers, planners and executives. The company consolidated all buying, merchandise planning, operations and marketing in New York while other operations, including finance and human resources, were placed in the company’s second corporate hub, Cincinnati.

Spiech, who is based in New York, then became the vice president and divisional merchandise manager of fine jewelry for all of Macy’s.

Earlier this year, Spiech, along with Movado Group Chairman and CEO Efraim Grinberg, was honored at Jewelers for Children’s annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas for her dedication to the organization throughout her career.

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