Retailer JC Penney has appointed Thomas M Nealon to the position of executive VP and chief information officer (CIO).

From 2 October Nealon will oversee the company's information technology, including the design and ongoing development of systems and infrastructure to support the firm's strategic business objectives.

Among his responsibilities is leading the development of systems for jcp.com, the billion-dollar e-commerce site that serves as the hub of the company's multi-channel retailing strategy linking stores, catalogue and the internet.

Nealon has more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing technologies for leading corporations. He joins JC Penney from EDS, where he served on assignment as the senior VP and CIO at Southwest Airlines.

"Tom is a leader in his field bringing an impressive blend of demonstrated leadership, technological deployment and operational excellence to JCPenney," said chairman and CEO Myron E (Mike) Ullman III.

"Information technology is a critical component to our continued success and it plays an integral role in all aspects of our business."