Charlotte-based Belk Inc. names David Zant as president and chief merchandising officer

Charlotte-based Belk Inc. on Thursday named David Zant as the department store chain’s president and chief merchandising officer.

Zant, executive vice president and general merchandising manager of men’s, home and kids, takes his new post on Aug. 11.

Former president and merchandising officer Kathryn Bufano resigned to become CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., a regional department store chain based in Pennsylvania. The Bon-Ton Stores announced Bufano’s appointment on Thursday.

Zant, a retail veteran since 1978, joined Belk in 2001. In 2005, Zant left Belk to work for The Bon-Ton Stores. He rejoined Belk in 2009.

Zant will report to chairman and CEO Tim Belk.

Belk, the nation's largest privately held department store company, now has 299 Belk stores around 16 southern states.