JCPenney Appoints VP of Talent from Search Led by Hanold Associates


JCPenney has appointed JP Elliott as Vice President Talent Management, Acquisition and Inclusion & Diversity based in the greater Dallas area. Hanold Associates’ Keri Gavin, Ashley Schiele and Lisa Butkus led the search.

JP Elliott comes to JCPenney from leadership positions at Dick’s Sporting Goods and The Brinks Company. Reporting directly to Brynn Evanson, the Chief Human Resources Officer of JCPenney, Mr. Elliott 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. He will also oversee inclusion and diversity initiatives throughout the organization.

“JP is an outstanding Talent leader who provides perspective beyond people,” said Keri Gavin, Partner on the search. “He’s a thought leader in the talent space and will serve as a great partner to CEO, Jill Soltau, and CHRO, Brynn Evanson, as they execute their turnaround strategy. We expect that JP will have a profound and lasting impact on JCPenney.”

JCPenney 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.

JCPenney was originally founded in Kemmerer, Wyoming over 110 years ago. Stores quickly expanded throughout the United States, with more than 175 stores in twenty-two states by 1917. Today, the company is headquartered in Plano, Texas and 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 billion in revenue in 2018.

Hanold Associates is the leading retained boutique 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, Major League Baseball, 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 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, among others.