Leadership

Executive Leadership

Jill Soltau

Chief Executive Officer

Jill Soltau

Jill Soltau

Chief Executive Officer

Jill Soltau is the Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney.

Prior to becoming CEO of JCPenney, Ms. Soltau served as President and CEO of JoAnn Stores, Inc. from 2015 to 2018. From 2013 to 2015, she served as President of Shopko Stores, with which she served in positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer from 2009 to 2013 and Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Apparel and Accessories from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that, she held positions of increasing responsibility with national and regional retailers including Sears Holdings, Kohl's Corporation and Carson Pirie Scott. Ms. Soltau also serves on the Board of Directors of Autozone, Inc.

Brynn Evanson

EVP, Chief HR Officer

Brynn Evanson

Brynn Evanson

EVP, Chief HR Officer

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.

Therace Risch

EVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Therace Risch

Therace Risch

EVP, Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer

Therace Risch is executive vice president, chief information officer and chief digital 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

EVP, Chief Stores & Supply Chain Officer

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins

EVP, Chief Stores & Supply Chain Officer

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.

Bill Wafford

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Bill Wafford

Bill Wafford

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Bill Wafford joined JCPenney in April 2019 as executive vice president, chief financial officer, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. As CFO, Wafford is responsible for providing strategic leadership and driving operational excellence in addition to leading all aspects of the Company’s finance and accounting operations.

Wafford most recently served as executive vice president, chief financial officer for The Vitamin Shoppe where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s finance strategy and execution including accounting, real estate, international operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, advanced analytics, investor relations, procurement and internal audit functions. During his tenure with The Vitamin Shoppe, he played a significant role in reducing debt, decreasing inventory and improving operating income in 2018. He joined The Vitamin Shoppe in 2017 as senior vice president overseeing strategy, finance, international operations and business development.

Prior to The Vitamin Shoppe, Wafford served as a partner in the advisory practice group of KPMG following a five-year career at Walgreens Boots Alliance. While at Walgreens, he served in positions of increasing responsibility and became vice president of international finance where he was involved in the acquisition of Alliance Boots, which created the world’s largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination. He was subsequently appointed to vice president and managing director for the company’s global venture capital portfolio where he evaluated investment opportunities in digital categories, including online retail and customer loyalty. Before Walgreens, Wafford held multiple finance-related positions with Archstone Consulting, Bank of America and at Target Corporation where he managed the financial planning and analysis for their $8 billion women’s and men’s apparel divisions.

Wafford holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of California at Riverside.

Michelle Wlazlo

EVP, Chief Merchant

Michelle Wlazlo

Michelle Wlazlo

EVP, Chief Merchant

Michelle Wlazlo joined JCPenney in February 2019 as executive vice president, chief merchant, reporting to Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. In this role, Wlazlo is responsible for leading all the Company’s merchandise offerings, focused on building a balanced assortment of the best private, exclusive and national brands.

Wlazlo brings 30 years of merchandising and stores experience to JCPenney from a variety of respected apparel and accessory retailers. Most recently she served as senior vice president of apparel and accessories merchandising at Target Corporation where she helped lead the company’s strategy and implementation of a robust merchandising program that included transforming the presentation of 1,400 stores and launching 15 new private brands.

Prior to Target, Wlazlo spent 19 years at GAP, Inc. in a variety of roles, most recently as senior vice president GAP global merchandising across all brand divisions, including women’s, men’s, kids, baby, body and fit. Over the course of nearly two decades, she held multiple merchandising roles of increasing responsibility for Gap, Gap Outlet and Old Navy. She began her career at Saks Fifth Avenue as a department manager before assuming store leadership and buying roles at Bebe Stores, Inc.

Wlazlo holds a fashion merchandising degree from Lowthian College in Minneapolis and studied in the executive education program from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She currently serves as a board member for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Stephen Budd

SVP, Global Brand Development

Stephen Budd

SVP, Global Brand Development

Stephen Budd is senior vice president of global brand development. 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.

Laurene Gandolfo

SVP, Home Product Design & Development

Laurene Gandolfo

SVP, Home Product Design & Development

Val Harris

SVP, Product Development & Design

Val Harris

SVP, Product Development & Design

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

SVP, Store Environment & Design

Jennifer Hipskind

SVP, Store Environment & Design

Jennifer Hipskind is senior vice president of store environment and design at JCPenney. 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.

Truett Horne

SVP, Chief Transformation Officer

Truett Horne

SVP, Chief Transformation Officer

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 is a proven leader in merger and acquisition diligence and value creation, having led dozens of private equity diligences and portfolio improvement initiatives. Earlier in his career, Horne served in roles of increasing responsibility at Lazard Freres & Co. LLC, Hovde Financial and Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

Horne holds a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics & business administration from Rhodes College.

Trent Kruse

SVP, Finance

Trent Kruse

SVP, Finance

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.

Pam Mortensen

SVP, Merchandising

Pam Mortensen

SVP, Merchandising

Pam Mortensen is senior vice president 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.

Jerry Murray

SVP, Finance

Jerry Murray

SVP, Finance

Jerry Murray joined JCPenney as the senior vice president of finance in 2016. In his role, Murray 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.

Melissa Pint

SVP, Technology

Melissa Pint

SVP, Technology

Melissa Pint is senior vice president of Information Technology (IT) for JCPenney. 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 & Analytics.  Pint joined JCPenney in 2016 as vice president of IT Application Portfolio Management and Development and led Store, Corporate systems and Supply Chain systems. She also has led the successful stabilization and advancement of our stores technology solutions, the holistic management of our corporate technology solutions and initiated solutions for Supply Chain.  Before joining the Company, Pint served as senior director of Application Development at Target Corporation, and completed an assignment in Bangalore to launch their office.

Mark Stinde

SVP, Asset Protection

Mark Stinde

SVP, Asset Protection

Mark Stinde joined JCPenney in February 2019 as senior vice president of asset protection, reporting to Mike Robbins, executive vice president, chief stores and supply chain officer. In this role, Stinde is responsible for managing enterprise-wide asset protection operations, including helping the Company reduce shrink.

Stinde brings approximately 25 years of experience in loss prevention and store operations, and is a leading retail expert in asset protection, safety and security. He has a proven track record of significantly reducing shrink levels at leading national retailers. Stinde joins JCPenney from 7-Eleven where he most recently served as vice president of asset protection. He has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Toys ‘R’ Us, The Home Depot, Sears, and Circuit City.

Stinde holds a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and studied in the executive leadership program at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

Angela Swanner

SVP, Merchandising

Angela Swanner

SVP, Merchandising

Angela Swanner is senior vice president 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

SVP, General Counsel

Brandy Treadway

SVP, General Counsel

Brandy Treadway is senior vice president, general counsel at JCPenney. 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.

Jeff Useforge

SVP and GMM, Men’s and Children’s

Jeff Useforge

SVP and GMM, Men’s and Children’s

Jeff Useforge is senior vice president and general merchandise manager for the Men’s and Children’s divisions at JCPenney. He is charged with leading the strategy and growth of our powerful private and national brands to ensure the assortments promote brand loyalty and excitement among customers.

Previously, Useforge served as the vice president and divisional merchandise manager for Men’s, Big & Tall, Activewear and Team Apparel. Before that, he served as a senior buyer for both Big & Tall and The Foundry free-standing stores.

With over 30 years of retail experience, Useforge served in various leadership roles in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Apparel. In 1986, he began his career with Mercantile Department Stores, Co. then spent five years with Saks, Inc. in the Proffitt’s and McRae’s division, where he eventually served as general merchandising manager for Men’s and Children’s. Additionally, he worked for Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. and Kohl’s.

Useforge attended the University of South Alabama and studied Engineering.

Kirk Waidelich

SVP, Sales Promotions & Planning

Kirk Waidelich

SVP, Sales Promotions & Planning

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.

John Welling

SVP, Planning & Allocation

John Welling

SVP, Planning & Allocation

John Welling joined JCPenney in February 2019 as senior vice president of planning and allocation, reporting to Therace Risch, chief information officer and chief digital officer. In this role, Welling is responsible for overseeing pricing and markdown optimization strategies, ensuring product availability and limiting inventory exposure.

Welling brings over 25 years of experience in retail and consulting, most recently serving as senior vice president of merchandise operations for The Michaels Companies where he led planning, pricing, inventory management and merchandise finance. Prior to The Michaels Companies, he spent over a decade at Walmart serving in executive positions of increasing responsibility, and was a partner at Accenture for their North American retail practice.

Welling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University and attended the executive education program from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the engineering advisory board at Bradley University.

Steve Whaley

SVP, Principal Accounting Officer & Controller

Steve Whaley

SVP, Principal Accounting Officer & Controller