Norman S. Matthews has been elected president and chief operating officer of Federated Department Stores, the parent company of Bullock's and Ralphs. Matthews had been executive vice president and vice chairman.
In addition, Bullock's Chairman and CEO Allen I. Questrom has been named executive vice president of Federated, which is based in Cincinnati.
The positions of president and chief operating officer had been vacant since 1982, when former Bullock's Chairman Howard Goldfeder replaced Ralph Lazarus as Federated chairman. The company operated with four vice chairmen: Matthews, Will M. Storey, John W. Burden III and Donald J. Stone.
Burden, 50, and Stone, 58, will now report to Matthews, 54. Storey, 55, who is also chief financial officer, will continue to report to Goldfeder, 60, as will Thomas G. Cody, 43, senior vice president-law and public affairs, and Avner M. Porat, senior vice president-human resources.