Co-President of Nordstrom Dies After Fighting Cancer

12:20 01/07/2019

Blake Nordstrom, the 58-year-old co-president of luxury retailer Nordstrom, has unexpectedly died while fighting cancer. The co-president was 58 years old and had been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Nordstrom Chairman Brad Smith stated, "My heart goes out to the Nordstrom family and everyone at the company during this difficult time." It was in December that Nordstrom announced that Blake had been diagnosed with lymphoma. At the time of announcing Blake's diagnosis, he said it was "treatable" and had expected to work through it. At the time Blake said in a letter to employees, "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is treatable. My doctors and I are optimistic and encouraged by my prognosis." "Cancer is all too common, and I know many of you have dealt with it yourselves or know someone who has," Nordstrom also said. "I have a good team of doctors and value the support of my family and friends." He had planned to undergo chemotherapy in Seattle. “Everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are fortunate to have continued leadership from co-presidents Pete and Erik Nordstrom,” Smith also said. Michael Dart, a partner at consulting firm A.T. Kearney, commented, "He was incredibly generous with his time, even when he was fighting his illness. A true inspiration." Blake worked at the chain for over 40 years and was the great-grandson of company founder John W. Nordstrom. John was a Swedish immigrant who opened a Seattle shoe store in 1901 that became the chain that it is today. Blake's brothers Pete and Erik Nordstrom will continue on as co-presidents of the company.

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