Chief Merchandising Officer
Michelle Wlazlo joined JCPenney in March 2019 as executive vice president, chief merchandising officer, reporting to Marc Rosen, chief executive officer. Wlazlo is responsible for leading the Company’s global merchandise strategy and operations including Merchandising, Planning and Allocation, Pricing, Product Design, and Development and Sourcing.
Wlazlo brings more than 30 years of merchandising and stores experience from a variety of retailers. In her three years at JCPenney, she has led the charge in clarifying and defining the positioning of the Company’s private brands to give customers more choice. Wlazlo led the launch of Thereabouts, JCPenney’s most inclusive kid’s brand yet with adaptive apparel for children of all abilities; established JCPenney Beauty’s partnership with hero brand Thirteen Lune, providing a hyper-inclusive beauty experience; and led the introduction of Hope & Wonder, JCPenney’s new purpose-driven private brand, which celebrates festive holidays as well as important cultural moments and gives back to nonprofit partners, to life. Most recently, Wlazlo led the launch of JCPenney’s denim lifestyle brand for men, Mutual Weave.
Prior to joining JCPenney, she served as senior vice president, merchandising over apparel and accessories, baby gear and essentials at Target Corporation. Before Target, Wlazlo spent 19 years at GAP, Inc., in a variety of roles for Gap, Gap Outlet and Old Navy. She began her career at Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc., before assuming roles as store manager and buyer at Bebe Stores, Inc.
Wlazlo attended Lowthian College in Minneapolis and the Executive Education Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.