Federated Department Stores Inc today announced the retirement of Jeremiah Sullivan as chairman and CEO of its Macy's West division from June 1, and named his replacement as Robert Mettler.

The Cincinnati-based company said Sullivan has chaired the San Francisco-based division since January 2000, having previously served as president and COO of Macy's West since 1995.

Mettler has been president and COO of Macy's West since January 2000, and prior to that was president of merchandising for full-line stores at Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The retail giant added that Michael Osborn will succeed Mettler as president and COO of Macy's West, while Rudolph Borneo will continue to serve as vice chairman/director of stores for Macy's West.

"Federated has benefited greatly from Jerry Sullivan's management abilities in various capacities over the past two decades, but never more so than during his years at Macy's West where the leadership he provided has been integral to the successful operations of this division," said James Zimmerman, Federated chairman and CEO.

"Although we will miss him, we wish Jerry all the best in his well-earned retirement. We also are confident that Bob Mettler, who is an outstanding merchant and retail executive, along with Michael Osborn, Rudy Borneo and the entire Macy's West management team, will work to ensure a flawless transition."

Also on Wednesday, Federated also announced that Dawn Robertson, who has been president of Federated Stores Direct since July 2000, has resigned and will be replaced by James Amann, effective immediately.