Dallas, TX – The fashion industry mourns the loss of a true icon, Gerald Alan Barnes, a dedicated veteran of Neiman Marcus. On Tuesday, he passed away at his Dallas home after bravely battling lung cancer. With a remarkable 35-year career, Barnes leaves behind a lasting legacy of leadership and innovation.
Gerald Barnes began his journey with Neiman Marcus in 1983, quickly rising through the ranks due to his unwavering commitment and exceptional talents. In 2009, he assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Direct, where he oversaw e-commerce and catalogue operations, driving them to new heights.
Later in his illustrious career, Barnes was appointed as the Executive Vice President of Merchandising, responsible for both e-commerce and all Neiman Marcus stores. His visionary leadership played a pivotal role in shaping the brand’s retail landscape and left an indelible mark on the industry.
Neiman Marcus expressed profound sadness at Barnes’s passing on LinkedIn. He was not only a leader but also a beloved figure who connected with every team member, offering invaluable mentorship. His influence extended far beyond the organization, earning him the utmost respect among peers.
Gerald Barnes was an undisputed icon in the fashion world, known for his innovation, dedication, and integrity. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt throughout the industry.
During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Gerald’s wife, Debra, his daughters Sophie and Lily, and his sisters Barbara Saporito and Margaret Anne Hilliard. Gerald’s memory will forever shine as a beacon of inspiration in the world of fashion.