Ellison has more than 30 years of leadership and operational experience in the retail industry, including expertise in managing a large network of stores and employees as well as global logistics networks. He most recently served as chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Co., where he implemented a turnaround strategy that improved the company’s balance sheet, increased store productivity, optimized operations and grew key categories.
He has extensive experience in the home improvement industry, having spent 12 years in senior-level operations roles with The Home Depot Inc., where he served as executive vice president of U.S. stores from 2008 to 2014. At The Home Depot, Ellison oversaw U.S. sales, operations, install services and pro strategic initiatives, dramatically improving customer service and efficiency across the organization to serve both do-it-yourself and pro customers. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Ellison spent 15 years at Target Corp. in a variety of operational and leadership roles.
Ellison earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Emory University. He serves on the boards of FedEx Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association and the National Retail Federation. Ellison also serves as a member of the board of trustees for the University of Memphis. He was named to Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders in 2016” and was recognized as the “2016 Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise.