William S. Hearst is Senior Vice President of Associate Labor Relations and Human Resources for Bloomingdale’s Stores: the 59th Street Flagship, 32 Department Stores, and 13 Outlets nationwide.
A 1974 graduate of Cornell University, Bill holds an A.B. degree in Music and American History with substantial coursework in Industrial and Labor Relations. Upon graduation, Bill embarked on a dual career at Bloomingdale’s, as well as a professional organist and choirmaster. At Bloomingdale’s, Bill progressed through 19 different positions that spanned Operations, Fashion Buying, Store Management, and most recently Corporate Human Resources. Simultaneously, Bill cultivated a full Episcopal liturgical music career in organ performance, choir building, and conducting. After 29 years, Bill retired from his church music career in 2004, focusing exclusively on Bloomingdale’s. A passion for music performance, however, continues unabated.
Bill and his wife of 35 years, Joan, are native New Yorkers who raised their three children, Billy, Mary, and Andrew. Billy and his wife Rachel have a one-year-old son, Liam. All live in the New York metropolitan area.
Today, Bill Hearst is Chairman of the Board of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, a relationship that began in 1964 when he was a student at the original Stecher and Horowitz School of Music. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. Previously, Bill was a Trustee of the Florida Philharmonic as well as Baptist Hospital, Miami.
An avid opera enthusiast, Bill spends a portion of each day maintaining piano repertoire and performing in small ensembles with friends. While the time invested in Bloomingdale’s is significant, it never precludes the drive for exposure to music and the arts.