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Macy’s CEO Was Told Being Gay Would Hurt His Career And It Wasn’t

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennett was told that being gay would hurt his career.
  • Janet, who started at Macy’s in 1983, said she received criticism for her sexuality.
  • He has spent most of his career at Macy’s and was named CEO in 2017.
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Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennett recalled that when he joined the company in a minor role in the 1980s, being openly gay could hurt his career, he said. wall street journal,

Janet joined the famous department store chain in 1983 and was openly gay from the start.

Gennett said that others treated his sexuality as a well-kept secret, even though he did not, in an interview published by WSJ Saturday.

This prompted a patron to warn her that “things were being said” about her.

Gennett said the mentor suggested to her that “maybe I should be less transparent about it if I want to move forward in my career.”

Furthermore, being gay at times was presented as a “deterrent”.

Macy’s CEO Ignores This Advice and Stays Who He Is

Janet didn’t follow the advice. He continued to come out as openly gay and had a long, solid career at Macy’s, save for a two-year stint with toy retailer FAO Schwarz.

Janet told the magazine in July time that there were “no examples of gay CEOs” to look up to early in his career and that he felt “like an outsider” while the only gay man in leadership senior D’Macy’s.

Gennett joined the company in 1983 as an executive intern after graduating from Stanford, according to the company’s corporate website.

He continued to work in the retailer’s men’s and children’s departments, as well as executive vice president and store manager at Macy’s Central in Atlanta and another executive role in its western division.

He became chairman in 2014, CEO in 2017 and chairman in 2018.

insider TechRepublic contacted Macy’s for comment.

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