Marvin R. Ellison is the chief executive officer at JCPenney and serves as chairman of the Company’s board of directors. Ellison joined JCPenney in November 2014 as president and CEO-designee until he assumed the position of CEO in August 2015. – read more
Marvin R. Ellison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Ellison joined JCPenney in November 2014 as president and CEO-designee until he assumed the position of CEO in August 2015. He was appointed to the additional position of Chairman of the Board in July 2016.
JCPenney employs more than 100,000 associates globally and operates over 1,000 stores and logistics facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating approximately $13 billion in annual sales revenue.
Ellison has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, spending 12 of those years at the Home Depot. In his most recent position, Ellison served as executive vice president of U.S. stores. In this role, he was responsible for all sales, operations and strategic initiatives for stores in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he was president of Home Depot’s northern division, a role in which he had responsibility for the sales and operations of more than 700 stores in 21 states.
Previously, he was senior vice president of global logistics, with oversight of all domestic distribution, transportation, store and appliance delivery, import distribution and international logistics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and more than 35 other countries. Before joining Home Depot, Ellison spent 15 years with Target Corporation in a variety of operational roles, including corporate director of asset protection.
Ellison currently serves on the board of the National Retail Federation and North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD), as well as on the board of FedEx, serving as a member of the compensation, nominating & governance, and information technology oversight committees. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, including mentoring programs aimed at developing at-risk youth. As a strong proponent of higher education among minority students, Ellison has joined the independent governing board of his alma mater, the University of Memphis.
Ellison was named to Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders in 2016” and recognized as the “2016 Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise. He earned a BBA degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
Michael Amend joined JCPenney in August 2015 as executive vice president of omnichannel. In his role, he is focused on creating a seamless omnichannel experience across stores, jcp.com, marketing and all digital channels.
Amend brings over a decade of experience to JCPenney, with a proven track record of building world-class and innovative business, technology and operations organizations. Before joining JCPenney, Amend served as vice president of online, mobile and omnichannel for The Home Depot, where he helped grow the online and mobile business by over $3 billion. Earlier in his career, he served as chief technology officer at Dell and was responsible for leading product, technology and operations across the U.S., Ireland, India, Brazil and Malaysia.
Amend holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and information systems from Oklahoma State University and completed the Executive Program at University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves on the board for Texas Baptist Children’s Home.
Brynn Evanson became JCPenney’s executive vice president of human resources in 2013. She oversees all human resources activities with a focus on recruiting, retaining and developing the company’s talent. Evanson brings 23 years of experience to her role, having held human resources positions at a variety of retailers.
Evanson initially joined JCPenney in 2009 as director of compensation. In 2010, she became vice president of compensation, benefits and talent operations, charged with developing the company’s healthcare and pension strategies in addition to the company’s compensation programs.
Prior to joining JCPenney, Evanson worked at Target Corporation in multiple positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately reaching director of executive compensation and retirement plans. She began her career at Marshall Field’s where she worked in a variety of roles across stores, merchandising, finance and human resources.
Evanson holds a Bachelor degree in marketing and finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association in Dallas.
Marci Grebstein joined JCPenney as executive vice president and chief marketing officer in June 2017. She is responsible for leading the Company’s marketing strategy, overseeing all facets of brand advertising and promotion, including creative, traditional and digital media, events and cause marketing, publicity and customer relationship management. A highly accomplished marketing executive, Grebstein brings over 20 years of retail marketing experience overseeing advertising campaigns, brand positioning, market analysis and digital strategies designed to enhance brand awareness and accelerate revenue growth.
Prior to joining JCPenney, Grebstein served as chief marketing officer for Lowe’s Home Improvement, where she was instrumental in driving an integrated and data‐driven omnichannel marketing approach to build customer loyalty and company growth. Before her role as chief marketing officer for Lowe’s, she served as vice president of advertising for the retailer, leading the development and execution of Lowe’s overall advertising strategy and ensuring that the company’s brand promise was brought to life consistently across all platforms. Grebstein also worked for Food Lion of Delhaize America, overseeing the repositioning of the grocery store chain in her role as vice president of marketing and brand strategy. Additionally, she spent 16 years at Staples, Inc., holding positions of increasing responsibility to include vice president of business‐to‐business marketing and e‐commerce.
Grebstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management and marketing from Boston College and has served her profession and community through various board memberships.
Joe McFarland is the executive vice president of stores, overseeing the Company’s store operations for approximately 1,000 locations across the country and Puerto Rico. His responsibilities also include the implementation and support of numerous key JCPenney initiatives, including same day pickup, in-store jcp.com fulfillment and improving sales productivity. Additionally, McFarland is charged with simplifying operations, enabling the voice of associates and promoting a service culture across the entire stores organization.
McFarland brings over 20 years of retail experience and a strong operational skill set from The Home Depot where he held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as the president of the Northern and Western Divisions. McFarland was responsible for the sales and operations of up to 800 stores in 24 states, and led a team of up to 110,000 associates. McFarland began his career at The Home Depot as a sales associate. He is a Gulf War and Desert Storm veteran, having served six years in the United States Marine Corps.
McFarland is a board member of the Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation and City of Hope.
Therace Risch joined JCPenney in December 2015, as executive vice president and chief information officer. She is responsible for the overall vision, strategic direction and tactical execution of all information technology systems.
Prior to joining the Company, Risch served as executive vice president and chief information officer at COUNTRY Financial, an insurance and investment services provider based in Bloomington, Ill. In her role, she was responsible for all aspects of strategy, planning, security and support of technology capabilities serving over one million households and businesses. Previously, she spent 10 years at Target Corporation in a variety of technology roles of increasing responsibility, including her last position as vice president of technology delivery services, where she was responsible for the end-to-end execution of technology programs for Stores, Merchandising, Supply Chain and other business functions.
Risch holds a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Ripon College in Wisconsin, and a mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.
Mike Robbins is executive vice president of supply chain at JCPenney. He is responsible for all supply chain facilities, including the transportation management of merchandise from suppliers to stores and directly to customers’ homes, overseeing global sourcing and quality control organizations and streamlining the planning and allocation processes across stores.
Robbins previously served as senior vice president of global supply chain for Target Corporation, where he was in charge of all distribution centers, international and domestic transportation and global trade services. He brings over 12 years of experience from Target, where he worked in roles of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president of distribution operations, vice president of pharmacy and regional vice president of west coast distribution. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of roles at Autozone, Inc. and The Procter and Gamble Company.
Robbins holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Christian Brothers College. He serves on the board of directors for the American Chesterton Society.
John Tighe was named chief merchant at JCPenney in September 2015, where he leads all the Company’s merchandise offerings, focused on building a balanced assortment of the best private, exclusive and national brands.
Tighe began his 24-year retail career at May Department Stores in a series of merchandising roles that spanned more than a decade at Filene’s and Meier & Frank. He joined JCPenney as a buyer in 2002 and was later promoted to divisional vice president, overseeing various apparel categories such as junior’s sportswear, missy casual and special sizes before leading jcp.com in 2009 as senior vice president. In 2010, Tighe was appointed senior vice president and general merchandise manager of the Company’s home division before transitioning to men’s in 2012. He eventually went on to become senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager overseeing men’s, children’s, footwear, handbags and intimates.
Tighe holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Katheryn Burchett is the senior vice president of visual environment and corporate strategy overseeing store design, construction services, visual merchandising, corporate strategy, area research and in-store graphics. Burchett joined JCPenney in 2000, holding positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising and in key leadership roles for establishing new brands and building impactful in-store experiences through various corporate initiatives and partnerships.
Benita Casey is the senior vice president of audit at JCPenney responsible for aligning internal audit resources, identifying operational and financial risks, assessing enterprise effectiveness, and addressing audit solutions for the Company. Prior to joining JCPenney in 2014, Casey served as the vice president of corporate audit for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (DPS), where she built the internal audit function from the ground up leading major initiatives for financial reporting, risk management and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
Andrew (Andy) Drexler was named senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller for JCPenney in June 2015. Drexler oversees the Company’s Shared Services Center in Salt Lake City and all Company accounting functions. Andrew is a strong leader with 22 years of experience in finance, 14 of which have been in the retail industry. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Giant Eagle, one of the nation’s largest grocery and pharmacy retailers. He also worked as senior vice president, finance, and corporate controller for General Nutrition Centers.
Brian Greene is senior vice president of planning and allocation, leading the execution of the Company’s merchandise planning and allocation strategies. Greene joined JCPenney in 2001 as a director in planning and allocation. After serving in multiple positions of increasing responsibility, he was promoted to vice president of planning and allocation in women’s accessories in 2006. He later moved to the home division, then to women’s apparel. Prior to joining JCPenney, Greene was with the Walt Disney Company and L Brands’ Victoria’s Secret stores, where he held a variety of planning and allocation and brand management roles.
Val Harris is senior vice president of product development and design at JCPenney. She is responsible for driving the success of the Company’s industry-leading private and exclusive brands, overseeing brand development, trend and design. Harris joined the Company in 1978 as a sales associate in Chicago, where she discovered her passion for retail and customer service. With over 35 years of retail experience at JCPenney, she has held merchandise positions of increasing responsibility in stores and at the Home Office including vice president of product development services and divisional vice president of product development and design.
Jennifer Hipskind is the senior vice president, group president of the Southern Stores Division. She joined JCPenney in 1987 as a merchandise trainee in Pleasanton, Calif. In 2001, Hipskind was given her first store leader assignment in Newark. Shortly after, she was promoted to run the flagship store in Dallas. Hipskind received her first corporate and multi-unit assignment in 2004, and became the regional coordination manager for the West Region. In 2006, she helped implement the Sephora inside JCPenney brand, and directed the new store process initiative in 2008. She became the divisional vice president of Fine Jewelry Operations in 2010, and held different positions over the next six years, including regional leader over the Central Region.
Tony Hurst is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of home for JCPenney, responsible for leading strategic growth initiatives focused on home refresh, as well as testing new categories in home services designed to increase revenue per customer. He was previously senior vice president of store operations where he managed operational functions, simplified store processes and helped in-store associates have more time to provide exceptional customer service to JCPenney shoppers. Hurst joined JCPenney in June 2015 as vice president of store operations. Prior to joining the Company, Hurst served as regional vice president of the Pacific North region at The Home Depot. Hurst has more than 12 years of experience at The Home Depot, leading regional and district-level retail organizations and worked in roles of increasing responsibility as the store manager, district manager and then as the divisional director.
Jodie Johnson is senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager of women’s apparel, jewelry, footwear and handbags for JCPenney. She is charged with energizing the women’s apparel business and delivering a complementary selection of handbags, shoes and jewelry. Prior to her current role, Johnson served as senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager of beauty and center core, and after serving as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of footwear, handbags and women’s specialty. Previously, Johnson was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of footwear for Belk. Prior to joining Belk, she worked for JCPenney in 2002 as a buyer in footwear. She continually advanced to several positions of increasing scope and responsibility including senior buyer, senior product development manager, divisional vice president and product development director for family footwear, handbags and accessories. Before joining JCPenney, Johnson served as a buyer in women’s footwear for Proffitt's-McRae's, Sak's Department Store Group. She began her career in retail with Dillard’s department stores.
Sean Lee has been the senior vice president, group president of the Northern Stores Division of JCPenney since February 2016, and the senior vice president regional manager of the Northeast since 2014. He joined JCPenney as a divisional vice president market manager in 2012, overseeing the New York, New Jersey and New England stores. Lee now has 522 stores under his leadership as group president. He started his career at Sears Holding Corporation in various store and district leadership positions. His more than 20 years of retail experience include roles at Kohl’s as a regional vice president in the Midwest and district manager in Southern California.
Jerry Murray joined JCPenney as the senior vice president of finance in 2016, where he oversees the Company’s financial strategy and overall analysis of financial information. Murray is an experienced and talented leader with a track record of success at some of the world’s largest companies. Jerry previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Valassis, a $2.5 billion marketing and advertising firm.
Pam Mortensen joined JCPenney in 2009 as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of fine jewelry, watches and fashion accessories. Mortensen has been integral in implementing popular customer concepts, such as Modern Bride and Bijoux Bar that position JCPenney as a destination for style and fashion. Prior to her role at JCPenney, Mortensen served as vice president of fine jewelry and watches at Walmart where she was instrumental in developing the retailer’s standards and criteria for responsible jewelry sourcing. Pam started her jewelry career at Zale Corporation and her retail career at Federated Department Stores.
Dhriti Saha is senior vice president of digital for JCPenney where he leads digital engineering, user-experience design and operations for JCPenney.com. Saha is also responsible managing the Company’s online ordering, pricing and promotion engine and online data platform. Since joining JCPenney in 2014 senior vice president of digital platform, he has driven and led many key strategic omnichannel initiatives such as buy online pickup in store same day, the launch of major appliances online, the redesign of the JCPenney iOS and Android apps, agile transformation and establishing the global in-house center team in Bangalore. Saha previously led digital technology at both Kohl’s and Target. Prior to Target, he served as a director for Oracle Corporation, where he led the multi-organization program team that delivered the 2002 U.S. Economic Census.
James Starke is senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager of men’s and children’s apparel for JCPenney, leading its collection of powerful private brands such as The Original Arizona Jean Co.®, St. John’s Bay®, Stafford®, JF J. Ferrar®, The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co.™ and Okie Dokie®, along with perception-shifting national brands including Nike®, Levi’s® and Carter’s®. Previously, Starke served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s apparel. Starke joined JCPenney as a buyer in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in children’s and men’s apparel, as well as supporting the men’s and children’s divisions in marketing. In 2013, he became divisional vice president, divisional merchandising manager in men’s, responsible for tailored clothing, dress furnishings, basics and accessories. Starke began his career at Foley’s, a division of May Department Stores Company, where he worked eight years in merchandising across men’s, women’s, children's and home.
Angela Swanner is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty, intimate apparel and accessories. She is responsible for shaping the synergistic beauty experience between Sephora inside JCPenney and The Salon by InStyle, and creating a dynamic selection of intimate apparel and accessories in center core. Prior to her current role, Swanner was senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Sephora inside JCPenney. Swanner has 25 years in retail with experience in stores, planning & allocation and merchandising. She joined JCPenney in 2003 as a buyer in women’s apparel and held roles of increasing responsibility to include divisional vice president and divisional merchandise manager of dresses, handbags, hosiery and accessories, special sizes and seasonal businesses.
Kirk Waidelich is senior vice president of sales promotions and marketing. Waidelich is a 28-year veteran of the Company who brings a wealth of customer, marketing and retail knowledge to this important role. He most recently served as vice president of marketing strategy, where he was responsible for restoring our promotions and aligning our marketing strategy with the Company’s strategic growth initiatives.
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