J.C. Penney Co. has announced that it has promoted Brynn Evanson to executive vp/human resources. She will head up all human resources functions across stores, supply chain and the home office, including team member relations, recruiting, learning and development, compensation and benefits, and talent operations, the company stated.
It added that Evanson will join J.C. Penney’s executive board, reporting to Mike Ullman, the company’s CEO.
Evanson joined J.C. Penney in 2009 and most recently served as vp/compensation, benefits and talent operations. Her career spans more than 20 years in the retail industry, the retailer reported, beginning at Marshall Field’s and continuing at Target in 2000, where she moved through a series of HR roles, becoming director of executive compensation and retirement plans.
“Brynn is a proven leader with a deep understanding of the employee culture at J.C. Penney. With nearly 120,000 team members across the country, her knowledge and expertise will be instrumental to our success as we move the company forward,” said Ullman.
Evanson’s promotion follows the shakeup of J.C. Penney’s executive leadership following Ullman’s replacement of Ron Johnson as CEO early this month. A Johnson appointee, chief talent officer Dan Walker, left the company on April 12, according to a J.C. Penney filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. An April 17 SEC filing related that Michael Kramer, COO, another executive appointed during Johnson’s tenure, had left the company as well. J.C. Penney reported in the document that Kramer would receive a cash payment of just over $2.1 million on his departure and that his restricted stock awards would vest in accordance with their established terms.