Tighe has been promoted to chief merchant

Tighe has been promoted to chief merchant

US department store retailer JC Penney has promoted John Tighe to chief merchant as part of a wider reshuffle of its merchandising team.

Tighe, who will take up the role on 1 October, most recently held the position of senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions.

He will succeed Elizabeth Sweney, who will serve in an advisory role through the end of the fiscal year, at which time she will retire from the company after 16 years. 

CEO Marvin Ellison said Tighe's broad experience "gives him a keen understanding of the retail business", which “will be essential to our success as we seize greater opportunities in omni-channel and increased private brand penetration”.

Tighe joined JC Penney as a buyer in 2002, before moving to executive positions including senior vice president, and general merchandise manager of the company's home division, later transitioning to men's.

Among those reporting to Tighe will be Siiri Dougherty, senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager, with added responsibility for Sephora, women's apparel and JCP Salon; and James Starke, who has been promoted to senior vice president, general merchandise manager of men's.

In addition, Angela Swanner has been promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager for Sephora.