Hoving, Walter(1897–1989) retail executive; born in Stockholm, Sweden. He emigrated to the U.S.A. as a child. During his long career in merchandising he became known for his impeccable taste and high standards. He was president of Lord & Taylor, New York (1936–46), then founded Hoving Corporation (1946), which owned Bonwit Teller and Tiffany and Co. As chairman of Tiffany's (1955–80) he restored the store's faded cachet and profitability.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.