Marvin R. Ellison is the chairman and chief executive officer at JCPenney and serves on the Company's board of directors. Ellison joined JCPenney in November 2014 as president and CEO-designee until he assumed the position of CEO in August 2015.
Ellison has nearly 30 years of experience in the retail industry, spending the last 12 years at Home Depot. In his most recent position, Ellison led nearly 2,000 retail locations as executive vice president of U.S. stores. Prior to that, he was president of Home Depot's northern division, a role in which he had responsibility for the sales and operations of more than 700 stores in 21 states and led a team of more than 150,000 associates. Previously, he was senior vice president of global logistics, with oversight of all domestic distribution, transportation, store and appliance delivery, import distribution and international logistics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and more than 35 other countries. Before joining Home Depot, Ellison spent 15 years with Target Corporate in a variety of operational roles, including corporate director of asset protection.
Ellison serves on the board of directors of FedEx as a member of the compensation committee. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, including inner-city school renovations, as well as mentoring programs aimed at developing inner-city youth. He earned a business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.