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Ron Johnson - Chief Executive Officer

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.
Ron Johnson 210Ron Johnson joined J.C.Penney Company, the chief executive officer in November 2011. Prior to J.C. Penney, Ron was senior vice president of Apple Retail since January 2000. In that position, Ron was reporting directly to the CEO, Johnson lead Apple's retail strategy and its overall execution and performance. Under Ron's previous leadership, Apple had opened over 200 stores to date.  Johnson has over 20 years of experience in retail and merchandising as well as a strong track record for delivering consistent year over year growth for billion-dollar companies.

Before joining Apple, Johnson held various management positions at the Target Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Merchandising for Target Stores. In this capacity, Johnson presided over a successful period of growth at Target, playing a key role in developing new initiatives for branding, marketing and merchandising. He led the team responsible for launching the Michael Graves exclusive line of products, as well as the addition of other key brands to the store’s selection.

Johnson received his M.B.A. from Harvard and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University.

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