J.C. Penney on Monday changed its senior management structure to streamline the merchandising and product development and design teams.
Following the April 1 retirement of Ken Mangone, executive vice president of product development, design and sourcing, the retailer’s chief merchant John Tighe will now oversee product development and design within the merchandising organization.
Mangone, who spent 39 years at J.C. Penney, will take on an advisory rule during the transition.
Val Harris, vice president of product development, design and trend for women’s, was promoted to senior vice president of product development and design. In her new role, Harris will oversee the more than 200 textile, technical and fashion designers based in New York and Plano, Tex., who translate trends and develop seasonal collections for Penney’s private brands. Harris will report to Tighe.
“Val is a trusted and highly respected member of the J.C. Penney team who, in her over 30 years at the company, has driven the product development and trend directions of many of our class-leading private and exclusive brands,” said Marvin R. Ellison, the company’s chief executive officer. “We are confident Val’s experience will allow us to continue delivering unmatched style, quality, and value – a high standard maintained by Ken Mangone in his many years of honorable service to the company.”
Mike Robbins, senior vice president of supply chain will assume the added responsibility of global sourcing, which includes a network of international buying offices, quality control functions and social compliance teams.
The retailer said the moves undertaken on Monday will align the company with its strategic priorities. Penney’s is one of the largest importers of textiles and apparel in the U.S., sourcing from about 400 suppliers in 32 countries.