JCPenney employs more than 100,000 associates globally and operates approximately 875 stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, generating approximately $12.5 billion in annual sales revenue.
Ellison has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, spending 12 of those years at The Home Depot. Ellison served as EVP of U.S. stores. He was responsible for all sales, operations and strategic initiatives for stores in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. 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.
Before joining Home Depot, Ellison spent 15 years with Target Corporation in a variety of operational roles, including corporate director of asset protection.
Ellison currently serves on the board of directors for the National Retail Federation, as well as for FedEx, serving as a member of the compensation, nominating & governance, and information technology oversight committees. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts, including mentoring programs aimed at developing at-risk youth. As a strong proponent of higher education among minority students, Ellison has joined the independent governing board of his alma mater, the University of Memphis.
Ellison was named to Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders in 2016” and recognized as the “2016 Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise.