Another Apple in Penney's Eye as Fay Joins to Lead Real Estate, Store Design and Development

Posted on April 27, 2012 by HFN Staff

PLANO, Texas-J.C. Penney has hired Benjamin Fay, Apple's senior director of real estate, as executive vice president of real estate, store design and development.

Fay is the most recent Apple executive to join the department store retailer. The others include CEO Ron Johnson; Chief Operating Officer Michael Kramer; Kristen Blum, executive vice president and chief technology officer; and Laurie Beja Miller, vice president of The Square--which, in the department store's new format, will serve as the stores' central gathering place with ongoing attractions and services.

Fay is responsible for the development of the new format, including the implementation of the shops strategy and the remodel and maintenance of existing J.C. Penney stores. He reports directly to Johnson.

In addition, the company has named John Singleton executive vice president and chief supply chain officer. Singleton is responsible for leading the company's global supply chain operations, and reports to Kramer.

J.C. Penney has also promoted Kristin Hays to senior vice president of communications. Hays, most recently vice president of investor relations, is in charge of the company's corporate and internal communications along with investor relations, and reports to President Michael Francis.

The company has also named Laura Sandall vice president of events marketing and publicity, responsible for events and publicity designed to bolster the J.C. Penney brand; and has appointed Michelynn Woodard as vice president of philanthropy, overseeing the company's charitable efforts. Sandall and Woodard report to Katheryn Burchett, senior vice president of merchandising and marketing integration.