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J.C. Penney Appoints Jewelry Merchandising Head

Department store shakes up senior leadership.
Mar 5, 2018 9:10 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... J.C. Penney has named James Starke head of merchandising for the jewelry, men’s, children’s and home departments, the retailer said last week.

The retailer has also promoted Jodie Johnson to head of merchandising for the women’s, beauty and family footwear divisions. Both Starke (pictured) and Johnson will report to Joe McFarland, the newly appointed executive vice president and chief customer officer, an expansion of his previous role. McFarland will assume merchandising responsibilities, along with running store operations.

Additionally, Therace Risch will replace Mike Amend as chief information officer and chief digital officer.

The personnel changes reflect J.C. Penney’s efforts to transform its merchandising division.

“Joe is a dedicated advocate for our associates, and knows firsthand how successful we can be when associates are empowered to deliver the best shopping experience possible,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney. “Jodie and James are credited for leading the turnaround of our merchandising strategy, and will continue to advance this effort by delivering the best assortment of style and value offered by any retailer.”
Tags: J.C. Penney, James Starke, Jewelry, Jodie Johnson, Joe McFarland, Marvin Ellison, Mike Amend, Rapaport News, Therace Risch
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