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Lowe’s Appoints McFarland EVP/Stores

Lowe’s has appointed Joseph McFarland III executive vice president, stores, effective August 15.

In this role, McFarland will oversee the north, south and west divisions, Orchard Supply Hardware, pro and services businesses, operations engineering, and asset protection for the organization. McFarland will report to Marvin Ellison, president and CEO.

McFarland brings to Lowe’s more than 25 years of retail operations experience and more than two decades of home improvement experience at The Home Depot. He most recently served as evp/chief customer officer at J.C. Penney, where he oversaw the company’s stores, operations and merchandise strategies. Prior to J.C. Penney, McFarland spent 22 years at The Home Depot, where he served as president of the northern and western divisions from 2007 to 2015.

“Joe is a strategic, results-oriented retail executive who excels at achieving operational excellence, financial management and brand positioning to deliver top and bottom line results,” said Ellison. “Importantly, he is an exceptional leader with a proven record of driving sales and implementing omnichannel initiatives on a large scale. We are excited for Joe to join the Lowe’s team and look forward to benefiting from his valuable experience and leadership.”