JCPenney Names New Executive Vice President of Stores

by Katie Lee

Plano, Texas — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. has hired James (Jim) DePaul, a highly accomplished field executive with nearly 25 years of retail experience, as executive vice president of stores, effective August 5, reporting directly to CEO Jill Soltau. He joins JCPenney from Shopko.

DePaul, who will oversee the company’s stores, store operations, store environment and design and asset protection teams, will be responsible for improving in-store and omnichannel operations. Mike Robbins, executive vice president of stores and supply chain, will be leaving the organization on August 3, 2019.

DePaul joins JCPenney from Shopko Stores where he served as chief operations officer, with responsibility for stores, pharmacy, optical, supply chain, e-commerce operations, non-merchandise procurement, store operations, store development, loss prevention and merchandise support. While there, he made key improvements to customer service scores, reduced operating expenses and improved shrink and overall productivity.

His previous roles at Shopko include chief administrative officer and senior vice president of stores and operations. DePaul began his career in 1995 and spent 3 years in merchandising and operations positions at Target Corporation before joining Shopko in 1998 as a store manager.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., one of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, has approximately 850 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit


SOURCE: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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