Jill Soltau is Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Soltau joined the Company as CEO and became a member of the Board of Directors in October 2018. One of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, JCPenney employs more than 98,000 associates globally and operates over 860 stores and logistics facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating $12.5 billion in annual sales revenue. Soltau has 30 years of experience in the retail industry, previously serving as President and CEO of JOANN Stores, a specialty retailer that offers fabrics and crafting supplies in over 850 stores in 49 states. – read more
Jill Soltau is Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Soltau joined the Company as CEO and became a member of the Board of Directors in October 2018. One of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, JCPenney employs more than 98,000 associates globally and operates over 860 stores and logistics facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating $12.5 billion in annual sales revenue.
Soltau has 30 years of experience in the retail industry, previously serving as President and CEO of JOANN Stores, a specialty retailer that offers fabrics and crafting supplies in over 850 stores in 49 states. A highly accomplished retail merchant and former general merchandise manager, she was brought to JOANN Stores in 2015, charged with reinvigorating the brand and bolstering its market position through a consumer-centric approach that offered compelling assortments, helpful advice and memorable experiences to be digitally shared with others. Under her leadership, the company revitalized its branding, expanded its digital and omnichannel capabilities and forged strategic partnerships to build meaningful relationships with its customers.
Prior to her role at JOANN Stores, Soltau spent eight years at Shopko, leading the company as President after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer. She joined Shopko Stores in 2007 and earned various executive positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager over apparel and accessories. Prior to her tenure at Shopko, Soltau held several senior level positions in merchandising, planning and private brand management at Sears and Kohl’s, after starting her career with Carson Pirie Scott, which was later acquired by Saks Inc.
She was honored with the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service in 2017, recognizing her efforts to assist communities in need of assistance in the areas of education, health and support for service members and their families. A Girl Scout alumna, Soltau is passionate about fostering innovation and growth among future generations of female leaders. She is also a member of 4-H Luminaries, a distinguished alumni group that helps raise awareness and generate support for life-changing 4 H programs.
Soltau currently serves on the Board of Directors for AutoZone. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor of Science degree in retail and business.
Brynn Evanson became JCPenney’s executive vice president of human resources in 2013, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. 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, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. 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.
Therace Risch is executive vice president, chief information officer and chief digital officer, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. She is responsible for the overall vision, strategic direction and tactical execution of all information technology systems. Additionally, Risch is focused on creating a seamless omnichannel experience across stores, jcp.com, marketing and all digital channels.
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, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. 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.
Stephen Budd is senior vice president of global brand development, reporting to Mike Robbins, executive vice president, private brands and supply chain. Budd is responsible for developing and executing a new global brands strategy to identify additional revenue streams across potential channels of both domestic and international distribution. He also oversees opportunities to deliver incremental growth to the Company’s top and bottom line, including licensing, wholesaling, white labeling, sourcing, production and supply chain services, and standalone physical and online retail. Budd is an experienced leader and has spent many years working in the apparel and fashion industry serving most recent as president of the luxury division at G-III Apparel Group. Prior to G-III, he worked at several retail/wholesalers including Elie Tahari, BCBG Max Azria and Robinson’s Department Stores.
Andrew (Andy) Drexler is senior vice president, chief accounting officer and controller for JCPenney, reporting to Michael Fung, interim chief financial officer. Drexler is a strong leader with 24 years of experience in finance, 14 of which have been in the retail industry. Prior to joining the Company in June 2015, 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 of finance and corporate controller for General Nutrition Centers. Before that, Andy spent 11 years at Walmart Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of finance for the information systems division. Earlier in his career, he worked for PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
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Katheryn Burchett is senior vice president of merchandising, reporting to James Starke, senior vice president and head of merchandising. In her role, Burchett oversees home services, custom window and commercial sales, and is responsible for leading strategic growth initiatives focused on home refresh and custom window, as well as testing new categories to increase revenue per customer. Burchett joined JCPenney in 2000 and has held positions of increasing responsibility in key leadership roles to establish new brands and build impactful in-store experiences through various corporate initiatives and partnerships. Prior to her current role, she served as senior vice president of store merchandise and design. Burchett has worked in previous positions at the Company, including senior vice president of visual environment and corporate strategy, senior vice president of corporate services, senior vice president of property development and senior vice president of corporate initiatives and partnerships.
Val Harris is senior vice president of product development and design at JCPenney, reporting to Mike Robbins, executive vice president of supply chain. 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 senior vice president of store environment and design at JCPenney, reporting to the office of the CEO. Hipskind is responsible for store design and planning, construction services, area research, visual merchandising and in-store graphics. Hipskind joined JCPenney in 1987 as a merchandise trainee and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager of the flagship store in Dallas, regional coordination manager, divisional vice president of fine jewelry and regional vice president. While working at JCPenney, she has gained a valuable reputation for delivering strong results, directing the Company’s new store process initiative in 2008 and implementing the Sephora inside JCPenney partnership in 2006. Prior to her current role, Hipskind served as group president of the southern stores division.
Tony Hurst is senior vice president of stores at JCPenney, reporting to the office of the CEO. Hurst is responsible for streamlining and optimizing store operations, as well as promoting a customer service oriented culture across over 860 store locations. He also oversees the store operations collaboration with the omnichannel team to ensure a seamless experience for customers who shop online, and whose purchases touch our brick-and-mortar stores. Hurst joined JCPenney in 2015 as vice president of store operations and was instrumental in tracking performance and progressing our omnichannel enterprise fulfillment operations in stores, including “Ship from Store” and “Buy Online Pickup in Store.” Most recently, Hurst served as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of the home division, including home services, custom window and commercial sales. Prior to joining the Company, Hurst worked at The Home Depot for 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility as store manager, district manager, divisional director and regional vice president of the Pacific North region.
Jodie Johnson is senior vice president and head of merchandising, reporting to the office of the CEO. In her role, she oversees women’s apparel, beauty, footwear and handbags at 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.
Trent Kruse is the senior vice president of Finance at JCPenney. He is charged with leading the Treasury, Investor Relations and Credit teams, and serves as the principal financial spokesperson for the Company. Kruse joined JCPenney in 2005 in Financial Planning and Analysis. From there, he worked in roles of increasing responsibility in Investor Relations, Corporate Strategy, Store Operations and Corporate Communications. Most recently, he served as vice president of Treasury and Investor Relations.
Jerry Murray joined JCPenney as senior vice president of finance in January 2016, and reports to Michael Fung, interim chief financial officer. In his current role, he is responsible for all financial operations of the Company, including the oversight of controllers, internal audit, procurement, tax services, investor relations and more. Murray also 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. He previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Valassis, a $2.5 billion marketing and advertising firm. While working at Valassis, Murray was instrumental in leading accounting, financial planning and analysis, pricing and sales support functions, as well as providing key strategic support to the CEO. Prior to that role, Murray spent seven years at Wal-Mart, advancing through leadership positions, including vice president and chief financial officer of the logistics division. Earlier in his career, he served as director of global financial planning and analysis for a division of Honeywell International and worked 11 years in roles of increasing responsibility at General Motors Corp.
Pam Mortensen is senior vice president of merchandising, reporting to James Starke, senior vice president and head of merchandising. Mortensen oversees fine jewelry, watches and fashion accessories, and 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. Mortensen started her jewelry career at Zale Corporation and her retail career at Federated Department Stores.
Melissa Pint is senior vice president of information technology for JCPenney, reporting to Therace Risch, executive vice president, chief information officer and chief digital officer. She is responsible for managing and supporting the technology portfolios for stores, supply chain, customer care, merchandising, marketing, planning & allocation, corporate systems and business intelligence and analytics. Pint joined JCPenney in 2016 as vice president of IT application portfolio management, leading and managing the development of store, corporate and supply chain systems. She also led the successful advancement of JCPenney store, corporate and supply chain technology solutions. Prior to joining the Company, Pint served as senior director of application development at Target Corporation, and completed an assignment in Bangalore to launch their office.
James Starke is senior vice president and head of merchandising, reporting to the office of the CEO. He oversees men’s, children’s, home and jewelry for JCPenney. Starke is responsible for the Company’s 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 of merchandising, reporting to Jodie Johnson, senior vice president and head of merchandising. Swanner oversees beauty, intimate apparel and accessories at JCPenney, 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.
Brandy Treadway is senior vice president, general counsel at JCPenney, reporting to the office of the CEO. Treadway oversees all facets of the Company’s legal function, including corporate securities, transactions, litigation, tax, real estate, labor and employment, regulatory issues and the ethics and compliance group. Brandy joined JCPenney in 2011 as senior counsel in the securities department, and was promoted to assistant general counsel in 2014 and vice president, associate general counsel in 2016. She has provided legal guidance and leadership to nearly every business and support function in the Company, while driving important compliance and governance efforts. Before joining JCPenney, Brandy spent nine years with the Dallas and London offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.
Kirk Waidelich is senior vice president of sales promotions and marketing, reporting to Marci Grebstein, executive vice president and chief marketing officer. 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.
Amy Wooden is senior vice president of planning and allocation and pricing for JCPenney, reporting to Michael Fung, interim chief financial officer. Wooden is responsible for overseeing pricing and markdown optimization strategies, ensuring product availability and limiting inventory exposure. Before joining JCPenney, Wooden served as executive vice president of planning and allocation, business process and operations at Belk, Inc., where she helped develop long-term strategies to improve profitability, and increase sales and inventory productivity. While at Belk, she was responsible for supply chain and logistic operations, and led the launch of Belk.com. Wooden started her retail career as an associate buyer at Macy’s, Inc. and continued in roles of increasing responsibility at the Limited, Inc., Gantos Inc. and Service Merchandise Company Inc.
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