Karen M. Hoguet Inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Monday, October 18, 2010

Karen M. Hoguet was inducted onto the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 18, 2010.

“We are honored to welcome Karen Hoguet, whose corporate leadership and devotion to arts and education are a source of strength as we advance our mission in preparing leadership for North American Jewry and providing dynamic educational and cultural outreach to the Cincinnati community,” said Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President.

Karen Hoguet is Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.)  Hoguet joined the company as a senior consultant in marketing and long-range planning after leaving the Boston Consultant Group in 1982.   In 1985, she was named director of capital and business planning and, in 1987, promoted to operating vice president for planning and financial analysis.  A year later, she was elected a corporate vice president and became senior vice president of planning in 1991.  Hoguet added the title of corporate treasurer a year later.  In 1997, she was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer, and promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2005.

Hoguet has volunteered her time in a diverse range of community service activities.  She is treasurer of the Fine Arts Fund of Greater Cincinnati and chaired the 2009 CityWide Fine Arts Fund campaign.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR, Cincinnati City Center Development Corporation (3CDC), The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.  Previously, Hoguet served as president of the board of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, on the boards of the Plum Street Temple Historic Preservation Foundation, and the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation.

Hoguet is a native Cincinnatian and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.  She received the M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1980.  She and her husband, David, have two daughters and reside in Cincinnati.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu