J.C. Penney Names Soltau CEO

J.C. Penney has named Jill Soltau as the department store’s new CEO and member of its board of directors, effective October 15.

A 30-year retail veteran, Soltau most recently served as president and CEO of Joann Stores after serving as president of Shopko. Prior to her tenure at Shopko, she held several senior level positions in merchandising, planning and private brand management at Sears and Kohl’s, after starting her career with Carson Pirie Scott.

Soltau replaces Marvin Ellison who recently left J.C. Penney to take the top job at Lowe’s.