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Shuffle Board: Soltau Steps in as J.C. Penney CEO, Ask to Head MW and Moores Brands, Applied DNA Taps Buchen for Sales


J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney Co.’s board of directors appointed Jill Soltau as CEO and a member of the board, effective Oct. 15.

Soltau is a 30-year retail veteran who most recently served as president and CEO of fabric and crafts retailer Joann Stores during which the company underwent a branding revitalization and expanded its digital and omnichannel capabilities. Prior to Joann Stores, Soltau was president of Shopko Stores.

J.C. Penney’s Therace Risch, executive vice president, chief information and digital officer; and Mike Robbins, executive vice president of private brands and supply chain, had served in the Office of the CEO since Marvin Ellison resigned as CEO on June 1.

Despite ongoing struggles, J.C. Penney remains one of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers, with more than 860 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico, and

At Joann Stores, Wade Miquelon, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will serve as interim president and CEO in addition to his current role until the company’s board concludes its executive search process.


Ascena Retail Group Inc. appointed Wendy L. Hufford as senior vice president and general counsel. Hufford will oversee all legal matters and will serve on the company’s leadership team, reporting to chairman and CEO David Jaffe.

Hufford joins Ascena from Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she was chief operating officer for the legal department and vice president of U.S. litigation, risk management and human resources.

Ascena also named Carrie W. Teffner as a member of its board of directors, and appointed current board member Kate Buggeln as lead independent director, succeeding  Randy L. Pearce, who has retired.

Buggeln is chair of Ascena’s Leadership and Corporate Governance Committee and also serves on its Audit Committee. In her added capacity, she will preside at executive sessions of the independent directors and serve as liaison between the independent directors and the chairman of the board.

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Teffner, executive vice president of finance and strategic projects of Crocs Inc., will assume Pearce’s role as chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Stock Incentive Committee.

Ascena Retail Group operates the Ann Taylor, Loft, Lou & Grey, Maurices, Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Cacique and Justice specialty chains.

Bebe Stores

Bebe Stores announced that Robert Galvin has resigned from its board of directors and replaced by Darrin Klotz. Nick Capuano was appointed chairman and will continue to be joined on the board by Manny Mashouf, Corrado Federico and Kenny Young.

Klotz co-founded Lido Equities Group and has served as its president since it was incorporated in 1990. He specializes in the acquisition, development and management of commercial investment properties.

Bebe is global specialty retailer of women’s apparel and accessories that distributes and sells Bebe-branded products through its licensees and in some 21 countries.

Men’s Wearhouse

Tailored Brands Inc. named Carrie Ask as brand president of its Men’s Wearhouse and Moores units.

Ask will report directly to Tailored Brands’ executive chairman Dinesh Lathi and will oversee the combined $2 billion omnichannel business that includes nearly 900 stores across the United States and Canada, along with about 40 million annual e-commerce visits. Ask joins Tailored Brands from Levi Strauss & Company, where she served as executive vice president and president of global retail.

In addition, Scott Norris will step into the position of chief merchandising officer for Men’s Wearhouse and Moores. Norris had been with the company since 1995 in progressive merchandising roles before becoming brand president of Men’s Wearhouse and Moores in 2014.

Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. elected three new members to serve on its board of directors. Amy Bohutinsky of Zillow Group Inc., John Fisher of Sansome Partners and Lexi Reese of Gusto will join the board effective Nov. 1.

Bohutinsky is currently chief operating officer of Zillow Group, a portfolio of online and mobile real estate brands, including Zillow, Trulia,, HotPads, Streeteasy and Out East.


Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. appointed Wayne Buchen as vice president of strategic sales to lead the company’s global textile strategic sales efforts.

With more that 20 years of sales, sourcing and operations experience with established international brands, Buchen will drive the development and execution of sales strategies to expand Applied DNA’s presence across global textile markets.

He most recently served as senior vice president of global sourcing and operations for Lacoste in Hong Kong and senior vice president of global sourcing in New York. During his career, Buchen held leadership positions at Under Armor, Li & Fung, VF Corp., Nautica and Liz Claiborne.