Former Bloomingdale CEO Marvin Traub dead at 87

New York -- Marvin S. Traub, Bloomingdale’s president and CEO for 22 years, died Wednesday at age 87. Traub had suffered from bladder cancer.

Traub is credited with turning the Bloomingdale’s Manhattan flagship – at Lexington and 59th – into a showcase. He started as a merchandising manager in 1962, and was named president in 1969.

“Blessed with enormous energy, he will always be remembered for the devotion he gave to our store for the last 62 years,” current CEO and chairman Michael Gould said in an e-mail to employees. “Marvin took great pride in all of those that he mentored, from retail industry leaders to our Bloomingdale’s family. He touched so many and we are grateful to have been a part of his journey.”