Marvin Traub, a longtime retail executive perhaps best known for his role as president and CEO at Bloomingdale's, died July 11 at his home here. He was 87.

Traub was a native New Yorker who served in Europe during World War II and later graduated from Harvard University and its business school. He joined Bloomingdale's as a trainee in 1949 on its basement bargain floor, but rose through the ranks quickly to various executive roles.

He was president and CEO of the retailer from 1978 to 1992 and also served as its board chairman, and was vice chairman of parent company Federated Department Stores from 1988 to 1992.

After leaving Bloomie's in 1992, he founded Marvin Traub Associates, a global business development and strategy consulting firm in New York.
Traub is author of two books, “Like No Other Store… The Bloomingdale's Legend and the Revolution in American Marketing” (1993) and “Marvin Traub: Like No Other Career” (2008).

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.