J.C. Penney has elected W. Paul Jones, a retail industry veteran with more than 30 years of department store and specialty retailing experience, to its board of directors.
Jones was CEO of Payless ShoeSource from 2012 until 2017. Prior to Payless, he served as president, chairman and chief executive officer of Shopko Stores from 2009 to 2012, and held the role of president and chief merchandising officer after joining the company in 2007. Jones’ prior career highlights include serving in senior leadership and merchandising roles at Kohl’s from 1997 to 2004, and at May Department Stores where he started his retail career in 1986 and served for over 11 years.
“Paul’s areas of expertise are highly complementary to the company’s focus on delivering an exceptional shopping experience to our customers,” said Ron Tysoe, chairman of the J.C. Penney board of directors. “In addition to his impressive omnichannel experience, Paul brings a wealth of merchandise and marketing insight, and I am delighted to welcome him to the board.”