J.C. Penney Appoints Apple Exec Chief Talent Officer

PLANO, Texas-J.C. Penny has named Daniel Walker chief talent officer.

Walker, a former chief talent officer at Apple, Inc., starts his position tomorrow and reports to CEO Ron Johnson.

"Dan is a dynamic executive with a remarkable track record of transforming the talent profiles of companies that have gone on to redefine their industries," Johnson said in a statement. "No one is more creative in this field than Dan. Having worked with him during five years of enormous growth at Apple, I know that he has the vision and energy to help us redefine the department store shopping experience at J.C. Penney."

Walker was the chief talent officer at Apple from 2000 to 2004 and continued as a consultant until mid-2005, according to a statement from J.C. Penney. He led and built the global human resources team during a period which saw the launch of the iPod, iTunes, the applications division and the Apple retail stores. Walker was instrumental in recruiting Johnson to Apple to lead the retail effort, the statement said. Walker also worked in human resources for Gap, and is credited for helping to build an executive team that fueled the growth of the core Gap brand and helped launch new concepts including Gap Kids, Baby Gap, Gap International and a modernized Banana Republic.

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