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Marvin R. Ellison

Chairman and CEO


Marvin R. Ellison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Ellison joined JCPenney in November 2014 as president and CEO-designee until he assumed the position of CEO in August 2015. He was appointed to the additional position of Chairman of the Board in July 2016.

JCPenney employs more than 100,000 associates globally and operates approximately 875 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating approximately $12.5 billion in annual sales revenue.

Ellison has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, spending 12 of those years at the Home Depot. In his most recent position, Ellison served as executive vice president of U.S. stores. In this role, he was responsible for all sales, operations and strategic initiatives for stores in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he was president of Home Depot’s northern division, a role in which he had responsibility for the sales and operations of more than 700 stores in 21 states.

Previously, he was senior vice president of global logistics, with oversight of all domestic distribution, transportation, store and appliance delivery, import distribution and international logistics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and more than 35 other countries. Before joining Home Depot, Ellison spent 15 years with Target Corporation in a variety of operational roles, including corporate director of asset protection.

Ellison currently serves on the board of the National Retail Federation and North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD), as well as on the board of FedEx, serving as a member of the compensation, nominating & governance, and information technology oversight committees. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, including mentoring programs aimed at developing at-risk youth. As a strong proponent of higher education among minority students, Ellison has joined the independent governing board of his alma mater, the University of Memphis.

Ellison was named to Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders in 2016,” and recognized as the “2016 Corporate Executive of the Year” and one of “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” in 2017 by Black Enterprise. He earned a BBA degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and MBA degree from Emory University.

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