Ronald W. Tysoe
Chairman of the Board since May 2018
Former Vice Chairman of Finance and Real Estate, Federated Department Stores, Inc.
Business Experience: Vice Chairman of Finance and Real Estate of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy's, Inc.) from 1990 to 2006 and Chief Financial Officer from 1990 to 1997; Senior Advisor of Perella Weinberg Partners LP (global, independent advisory and asset management firm) from 2006 to 2007; Director of Pzena Investment Management Inc. from 2008 to 2013; Director of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. from 2008 to 2018; Director of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; Director of Cintas Corporation; Director of Taubman Centers, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
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 approximately 95,000 associates globally and operates approximately 850 stores and logistics facilities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating $11.7 billion in annual net sales.
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.
Paul J. Brown
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Inspire Brands Inc.
Business Experience: Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Inspire Brands, Inc. (food industry) (formerly Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.) since 2013; President, Brands and Commercial Services of Hilton Worldwide (hospitality) from 2008 to 2013; President of Expedia North America and Expedia Inc. Partner Services Group (Internet-based travel reservations) from 2005 to 2008; Partner of McKinsey & Co. (consulting) from 2001 to 2005; Director of Lindblad Expedition Holdings, Inc. from 2015 to 2017; Director of H&R Block, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Match Group, Inc.
Business Experience: Chief Executive Officer since January 2018 and Director since December 2017, Match Group, Inc. (Internet-based dating service); Chief Executive Officer of Match Group Americas from 2015 to 2017; Chief Executive Officer of The Princeton Review (test preparation and college admission services) from 2014 to 2015; Chief Executive Officer of Tutor.com (Internet-based on-demand instructional solutions) from 2013 to 2015; Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2013 and Senior Vice President and General Manager from 2008 to 2012 of Match.com (Internet-based dating service); Vice President and General Manager of Chemistry.com (Internet-based dating service) from 2006 to 2008; Director of Care.com, Inc. from 2012 to 2014.
W. Paul Jones
Retired Chief Executive Officer of Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
Business Experience: Retired Chief Executive Officer of Payless ShoeSource, Inc. from 2012 to 2017; President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2012, and President and Chief Merchandising Officer from 2007 to 2009, of Shopko Stores, Inc.; Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Sears Roebuck and Co., from 2004 to 2005 and Senior Vice President, Merchandising of Kohl’s Corporation from 1997 to 2004. From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Jones served in positions of increasing responsibility with May Department Stores Company.
Wonya Y. Lucas
President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Business Experience: President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Broadcasting Atlanta (media company) since 2015; President of Lucas Strategic Consultants LLC (media strategy consulting) from 2013 to 2015; President and Chief Executive Officer of TV One (television network) from 2011 to 2013; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Discovery Channel and Science Channel, of Discovery Communications, Inc. (media company) from 2010 to 2011; Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Communications, Inc. from 2008 to 2010; Executive Vice President, General Manager of The Weather Channel Companies (television network) from 2004 to 2008; Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing, of The Weather Channel Companies from 2002 to 2004; Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner, Inc. (mass media company) from 1994 to 2002, with which she served in a variety of marketing and strategy roles.
B. Craig Owens
Retired Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Campbell Soup Company
Business Experience: Retired Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer (2008 to 2014) of Campbell Soup Company; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Delhaize Group (grocery retailer) from 2001 to 2008; served in various positions of increasing importance with The Coca-Cola Company (beverages) and its bottlers from 1981 to 2001; Director of Pall Corporation from 2011 to 2015; Director of Dean Foods Company; Director of AptarGroup, Inc.; Trustee of Washington and Lee University.
Lisa A. Payne
Retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Taubman Centers, Inc.
Business Experience: Chairman of the Board of Soave Enterprises, LLC (diversified management and investment company) and President of Soave Real Estate Group from 2016 to 2017; Retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (2005 to 2016) of Taubman Centers, Inc. (real estate investment trust), where she held various positions since 1997, including Director from 1997 to 2016 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer from 1997 to 2005; Vice President of Goldman, Sachs & Co. (finance) from 1996 to 1997, where she held various positions between 1986 and 1996; Director of Masco Corporation and Rockwell Automation, Inc.; Trustee of Munder Series Trust and Munder Series Trust, II from 2005 to 2014.
Debora A. Plunkett
Principal, Plunkett Associates LLC
Business Experience: Principal, Plunkett Associates LLC (cybersecurity consulting) since 2016; Senior Fellow, Harvard University since July 2017; Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland College Graduate School since 2014; Senior Advisor to the Director of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) from 2014 to 2016, with which she served in positions of increasing importance since 1984, including Director, Information Assurance Directorate, from 2010 to 2014, Deputy Director of Information Assurance from 2008 to 2010, and in various senior executive, supervisory and analytic roles from 1984 to 2008; Director, Office of Transnational Threats, United States National Security Council at the United States White House from 2000 to 2001.
Leonard H. Roberts
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RadioShack Corporation
Experience: Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RadioShack Corporation (consumer electronics), with which he served as Executive Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2006, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2005, President from 1993 to 2000, and a Director from 1997 to 2006; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shoney's, Inc. (restaurants) from 1990 to 1993; President and Chief Executive Officer of Arby's, Inc. (restaurants) from 1985 to 1990; Director of Rent-A-Center, Inc. from 2006 to 2017; Director of Tarrant County Safe City Commission; Director and Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Texas Health Resources.
Javier G. Teruel
Partner, Spectron Desarrollo, SC and Chairman, Alta Growth Capital
Experience: Partner of Spectron Desarrollo, SC (investment management and consulting) since 2007; Chairman of Alta Growth Capital (private equity) since 2012; Retired Vice Chairman (2004 to 2007) of Colgate-Palmolive Company (consumer products), with which he served in positions of increasing importance since 1971, including as Executive Vice President responsible for Asia, Central Europe, Africa and Hill's Pet Nutrition, Vice President of Body Care in Global Business Development in New York, President and General Manager of Colgate-Mexico, President of Colgate-Europe, and Chief Growth Officer responsible for the company's growth functions; Director of Starbucks Corporation; Director of Nielsen Holdings.