Marvin Traub was born to a Jewish family on April 14, 1925 in New York City. Traub’s father Sam D. was an executive of a corset company and his mother Bea (née Bruckman), a saleswoman at Bonwit Teller. Traub graduated from Harvard University in 1947, although his studies were interrupted by service in Europe during World War II. He then attended Harvard Business School, from which he graduated in 1949. In 1978, Traub was named CEO of U.S. based retailer, Bloomingdale’s, where he remained through 1992. After leaving Bloomingdales in 1992, Traub founded his own consulting firm, Marvin Traub Associates. Between 1994 and 2000, Marvin Traub Associates participated in a joint venture with retail-focused investment banking firm, Financo, Inc..
Traub was a Trustee of the American Health Foundation (AHF) between August 1975 and February 1978. He was the President of Bloomingdale’s from 1978 to 1992, and Vice Chairman of Federated Department Stores from 1988 to 1992. He served on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard School of Public Health. Traub was also the Chairman of SD Retail Consulting, which is a unit of The Hilco Organization. Traub was the recipient of The Gold Medal of the National Retail Federation in 1991 as well as the Légion d’Honneur and Ordre national du Mérite from France and was awarded the Commendatore de la Republic by Italy. While at Harvard, he married Lee Laufer on September 2, 1948. Traub’s wife had studied dance under Martha Graham in 1942 and is the chair emerita of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. Traub had three children; Andrew (formerly an executive at Macy’s), James (a journalist) and Margaret (who founded and runs the lighting company Adesso).
- May, 14, 1925
- New York, New York
- July, 11, 2012