PLANO, Texas – (June 4, 2019) – J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today announced that Victor Ejarque, a highly esteemed executive with 25 years of experience in merchandising, product, supply chain and operations, has been named senior vice president, general merchandise manager for women’s apparel, reporting to Michelle Wlazlo, chief merchandising officer. He will join the Company June 10. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing and developing all of the Company’s women’s apparel merchandising strategies and programs to create a compelling shopping experience for our customers.
“I am delighted to welcome Victor to our team. His appointment fills a vital component of our merchandising leadership team, and we are eager to leverage his broad expertise in women’s apparel as we curate and develop sought-after brands and assortments to make JCPenney a preferred shopping destination for our customers,” said Wlazlo. “He will be an integral part of our senior leadership team as we create an inspirational experience for our customers at every touchpoint.”
Ejarque joins JCPenney from Guess, Inc., where he served as vice president and general merchandise manager of global operations, overseeing the company’s merchandising, buying, planning, allocation, supply chain and logistics. He worked globally to significantly reduce choice counts, implement markdown efficiencies, improve store replenishment, and meaningfully reduce sourcing production time.
Prior to Guess, Ejarque was vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s apparel and accessories for Kmart, part of Sears Holdings. He managed a portfolio of 10 brands, improved gross margin significantly and increased speed to market while defining the product and merchandising strategy.
Ejarque also spent 13 years with Stradivarius, an international women’s and men’s clothing fashion brand from Spain with over 1,000 shops in 60 countries. Stradivarius is owned by Inditex, the largest fashion group in the world, and also the parent company of Zara. While at Stradivarius he served in several top leadership roles including head of buying, head of commercial department and allocation, and head of sourcing and supply chain for Asia. Ejarque began his career at Polo and Co., where he spent 10 years as a business and production manager.
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J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, combines an expansive footprint of over 860 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to deliver style and value for all hard-working American families. At every touchpoint, customers will discover stylish merchandise at incredible value from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Reinforcing this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 95,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company's mission to help customers find what they love for less time, money and effort. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.