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 the executive vice president, chief stores and supply chain officer at JCPenney, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. He is responsible for the broader focus on the customer experience, including operations of all JCPenney stores, supply chain and sourcing operations.
Prior to joining JCPenney, Robbins served as senior vice president of global supply chain for Target Corporation, where he led all distribution centers, international and domestic transportation and global trade services. During his 14 years at Target, 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 worked in a variety of positions 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, chief stores and supply chain officer. 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. Budd holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from California State University.
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. Drexler is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Ball State University.
Michael Fung joined JCPenney in 2018 as interim chief financial officer, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. Fung is responsible for all financial operations at JCPenney, including the oversight of controllers, internal audit, procurement, tax services, and investor relations. His primary objectives include continuing the Company’s progress in identifying earnings growth opportunities, optimizing pricing, exercising SG&A discipline, managing inventory levels and deleveraging debt. Fung brings over 40 years of finance experience across multiple industries and has proven to be a retail veteran with substantial turnaround experience. He most recently served as chief financial officer at Walmart U.S., where he worked for 12 years in various financial leadership roles before retiring in 2012. Since his retirement, He has held two interim CFO positions with Neiman Marcus and 99 Cents Only Stores during their turnarounds. Fung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Val Harris is senior vice president of product development and design at JCPenney, reporting to Mike Robbins, executive vice president, chief stores and supply chain officer. 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. Harris holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Jennifer Hipskind is senior vice president of store environment and design at JCPenney, reporting to Mike Robbins, executive vice president, chief stores and supply chain officer. 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. Hipskind holds a bachelor’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California.
Truett Horne joined JCPenney in January 2019 as senior vice president and chief transformation officer, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s strategic and transformational initiatives. Prior to joining JCPenney, Horne served as associate principal at McKinsey & Company, where he was integral in developing tactical strategies to improve business functions in sales strategy, information technology and marketing. Additionally, he brings extensive experience within retail and consumer packaged goods, including category management, pricing, procurement and zero-based budgeting. Horne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Rhodes College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Jodie Johnson is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s and interim senior vice president and general merchandise manager of home, reporting to CEO Jill Soltau, until a chief merchant is named. Johnson is charged with energizing the women’s apparel business and driving improvements in home. She recently served as senior vice president and head of merchandising for women’s apparel, beauty and center core. Prior to that role, she worked as senior vice president and general merchandise manager of footwear, handbags and women’s specialty at JCPenney. Previously, Johnson was vice president and divisional merchandise manager of footwear for Belk. Johnson originally joined JCPenney in 2002 as a buyer in footwear, where she advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, including senior buyer, senior product development manager, divisional vice president and product development director for family footwear, handbags and accessories. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree.
Trent Kruse is the senior vice president of finance at JCPenney, reporting to Michael Fung, interim chief financial officer. 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. Kruse holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in Finance from the University of Arizona. He is a multiyear recipient of the “All-American Executive Team - Best IR Professionals” award, as published in Institutional Investor magazine. He also previously served on the board of directors for the Dallas-Fort Worth Retail Executives Association (REA).
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. Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Ohio State University.
Pam Mortensen is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of jewelry, reporting to Angela Swanner, 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. Mortensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas. In 2012, The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences named her Outstanding Alumna.
In 2018, Mortensen was inducted into the National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame, which recognized her for making significant contributions to jewelry retailing and inspiring her peers with long-term success in the jewelry industry. In 2015, Mortensen was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s Jewelry Association and was also added to the JCK industry magazine’s annual Power List of 50 CEO’s retailers, designers and tastemakers who shape and innovate the jewelry business - a distinction she also received in 2012. She also was recognized as the Facet of Hope Honoree for the Jewelers for Children organization in 2012.
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. Pint holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota and received a bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Methods and Computer Science.
Angela Swanner is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty, intimate apparel, accessories, fine jewelry and footwear, reporting to CEO Jill Soltau, until a chief merchant is named. Swanner is responsible for shaping the synergistic beauty experience between Sephora inside JCPenney and The Salon by InStyle, and creating a dynamic selection of women’s specialty and accessories in center core. Prior to her current role, Swanner served as 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. Swanner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the University of Arizona.
Brandy Treadway is senior vice president, general counsel at JCPenney, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. 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. Treadway earned her law degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and French.
Jeff Useforge is senior vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and children’s, reporting to CEO Jill Soltau, until a chief merchant is named. Useforge 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®. He previously served as vice president of merchandising leading the buying teams in young men’s, big and tall, activewear and team apparel. He has over 30 years of retail experience and has held roles in men’s, women’s and children’s at Saks, Inc., Bon-Ton and Kohl’s, including serving as GMM for men’s and children’s in the Proffitt’s and McRae’s division of Saks. Useforge attended the University of South Alabama and studied Engineering.
Kirk Waidelich is senior vice president of sales, promotions and marketing, reporting to CEO Jill Soltau, until a chief customer officer is named. Waidelich is responsible for leading CRM analytics, sales promotions and the Company’s Loyalty program. His main focus is to drive traffic to stores and jcp.com by utilizing consumer insights to create a personal connection with customers. Waidelich is a 31-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 promotions and aligning marketing strategy with the Company’s strategic growth initiatives. Waidelich holds a Bachelor's degree from Davenport University.
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. Wooden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Management from Michigan State University and serves on the board of trustees of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
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