JCPenney senior VP promoted to chief merchant

JCPenney promoted John Tighe from senior VP and senior general merchandise manager to exec-VP and chief merchant, effective Oct. 1. Tighe succeeds Liz Sweney, a 16-year veteran of the company, who is retiring.  

"The progress that our company has made would not have been possible without the leadership, dedication and expertise of Liz Sweney," said JCPenney CEO Marvin Ellison. "We are thankful for her many contributions and are grateful that she will play a critical role guiding this transition through the balance of the year."

Sweney will serve in an advisory role until her retirement at the end of this fiscal year.

Tighe has been at JCPenney since 2002, when he joined as a buyer and was later promoted to divisional VP, overseeing junior's sportswear, missy casual and special sizes. He then led as senior VP in 2009. Tighe was also senior VP and general merchandise manager for the home division for two years before taking his most recent position leading the men's, children's, footwear, hangbag and intimate apparel divisions.

Prior to JCPenney, Tighe started his merchandising career at May Department Stores, spending more than 10 years at Filene's and Meier & Frank, making a total of 24 years in retail overall.

"John is an extraordinary merchant who, in his career, has curated some of the most high-performing brand portfolios in retail, including leading the growth of," Ellison said. "This broad experience gives him a keen understanding of the retail business, which will be essential to our success as we seize greater opportunities in omnichannel…."

Tighe will report directly to Ellison. Now reporting to Tighe are Siiri Dougherty, senior VP and senior general merchandise manager, now responsible for Sephora, women's apparel and Jcp salon, and James Starke, who has been promoted to senior VP, general merchandise manager of men's. Angela Swanner was promoted to senior VP and general merchandise manager for Sephora, reporting to Dougherty. Press Release