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The following message to Associates was published on J. C. Penney Company, Inc.’s intranet
website on May 5, 2009:
Have you voted?
JCPenney’s 2009 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at the Home Office on Friday, May 15th, 2009. All JCPenney stockholders, including Associates who own shares of stock, have the right to vote.
How to vote:
If you own shares of stock:
• Directly in your name through BNY Mellon Shareowner Services, the Company’s transfer agent,
• Indirectly through your JCPenney stock accounts in the Savings Plan, or
• Indirectly through your brokerage account,
…you should’ve received, by regular mail or email in April, information containing voting instructions and your unique control number to make your voting elections.
If you own JCPenney stock through multiple accounts, you should’ve received a separate control number for each of your accounts. You should submit votes for each of your control numbers to vote all of your shares.
Your vote is important and we encourage you to vote your shares if you haven’t already done so.
Read more [link to the following sub-page].
The Proxy Statement describes the proposals to be presented to stockholders for their vote and information on how to vote. There are four agenda items for this year’s Annual Meeting:
The election of 12 directors,
• The ratification of KPMG LLP as JCPenney’s independent auditor,
The adoption of the J. C. Penney Company, Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan, and
• A stockholder proposal relating to adoption of principles for health care reform.
The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election of each of the 12 director nominees, ratification of KPMG as independent auditor, and the adoption of the J. C. Penney Company, Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan and AGAINST the stockholder proposal on the adoption of principles for health care reform.   The reasons for the Board’s opposition to the stockholder proposal are set forth on page 60 of the Company’s Proxy Statement.
The Company’s 2009 Proxy Statement, 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K and 2008 Summary Annual Report are available online at www.jcpenney.net under the “Investors” link and can be accessed, viewed and printed at your convenience by clicking here.
Again, all Associate stockholders are encouraged to vote. Not only is every vote important, it also serves to demonstrate your continued support and confidence in our Company and its leadership. Please review the proxy materials carefully and take the time to vote your shares.