JC Penney Retains Hanold Associates for VP of Talent Management and Diversity Search

JC Penney

JC Penney has retained Hanold Associates for their Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Management and Diversity search, in the Greater Dallas area. Keri Gavin, Ashley Schiele and Lisa Butkus are leading the search.

Originally founded in Kemmerer, Wyoming over 110 years ago, JC Penney is a historic retailer and major department store throughout the United States. The company sells apparel, accessories, footwear and handbags for men, women and children as well as home goods and décor. In order to fulfill its mission to meet the digital needs of the twenty-first century shopper, the company offers a true omnichannel experience and is one of the largest online retailers in the country.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, JC Penney has 864 stores throughout forty-nine US states and Puerto Rico. In addition, the company operates eleven supply chain facilities, nine international buying offices, nine quality-assurance offices, an NYC design studio and a global in-house center in India. With 95,000 full- and part-time employees, the company brought in more than $11 million in revenue in 2018.

By way of an ambitious turnaround strategy, JC Penney aims to rebound after several years of difficulties. A strong and determined new executive team will work to redefine what the brand stands for. The company has already implemented new strategies to accomplish this: reinvesting in talent, reducing old inventory and streamlining the checkout, pickup and returns areas in their stores.

Reporting directly to Brynn Evanson, the Chief Human Resources Officer, the VP of Talent Acquisition, Management and Diversity will oversee the development and implementation of strategic talent acquisition and management initiatives designed to enhance the company’s ability to acquire, develop and retain its associates. This leader will oversee talent acquisition processes designed to locate and attract top talent to the organization, as well as talent development strategies to improve employee performance and engagement by integrating and aligning talent-management strategies, processes and tools to meet business needs. They will also oversee inclusion and diversity initiatives throughout the organization.

Hanold Associates is a retained executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include the National Football League, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Kellogg, Apollo, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, Kohler, SC Johnson, eBay, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, Edward Jones, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Google, Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, CNA Insurance, Cummins, Tyson, ClubCorp, CDW, Nike, and Ford Motor Company, among others.