PLANO, Texas - (July 21, 2016) - The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) has appointed Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison to the additional position of Chairman, effective August 1, 2016. Mr. Ellison succeeds Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III who will be retiring in accordance with the transition plan that the Company outlined in 2014.
Mr. Ullman said, "I am delighted that the board has appointed Marvin as Chairman. Over the past year and a half, he has proven himself to be the right leader for our Company, as we have made significant progress in implementing the changes needed to rebuild JCPenney into a successful, modern retailer with a profitable and sustainable business. It's been a privilege to work closely with Marvin, and I am pleased to know that this Company is in good hands for the future."
Mr. Ellison said, "It is an honor to succeed Mike as the next Chairman of JCPenney. Mike has demonstrated great leadership, twice as CEO, and for the past year as our Executive Chairman. For someone who started his retail career as a $4.35 per hour store security officer, it is a blessing and an honor to be named Chairman of JCPenney. I look forward to continuing to work with our talented board and management team as we continue to take the steps necessary to drive the resurgence of JCPenney."
Longtime retail executive Ronald W. Tysoe, who has served on the board since 2013, will continue as the Company's Lead Independent Director.
About Marvin R. Ellison
Marvin R. Ellison, 51, has been Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. since August 1, 2015. Mr. Ellison served as President and CEO-Designee of J. C. Penney from November 1, 2014 through July 2015. From August 2008 through October 2014, he served as Executive Vice President - U.S. Stores of The Home Depot, Inc., a home improvement specialty retailer. From June 2002 to August 2008, he served in a variety of operational roles at The Home Depot, including as President - Northern Division and as Senior Vice President - Global Logistics. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Mr. Ellison spent 15 years at Target Corporation in a variety of assets protection and operational roles.
Mr. Ellison serves on the board of directors of FedEx. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts including mentoring programs aimed at developing inner-city youth. He earned a business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation's largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every shopping experience is worth the customer's time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, customers will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company's three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.
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