JC Penny Hires Another Apple Retail Exec With New CEO Ron Johnson At The Helm

JC Penny Hires Another Apple Retail Exec With New CEO Ron Johnson At The Helm

Apple's beautiful Covent Garden Store in London

JC Penny can’t get enough of Apple’s retail talent, as the American retailer has announced the hire of yet another Apple exec. Back in November, former Apple retail guru Ron Johnson left Apple to become the CEO of JC Penny. Now a high-level Apple retail exec has left to work under Johnson.

Ben Fay served for 8 years at Apple as the worldwide head of retail store design, and he will now be in charge of overseeing JC Penny’s own retail design strategy.

“Ben is an incredibly creative professional with extraordinary leadership skills. Having worked with him over the last 12 years, I am delighted to see Ben step into this new role at jcp,” said Johnson. “His design influence has made the Apple stores highly regarded retail destinations around the world, and I am excited to have Ben place his own mark on jcp as we re-imagine the jcpenney store of the future.”

Prior to serving as the senior director at Apple for retail real estate, design, and development, Fay worked at Gensler, an architectural design firm where he helped work with Apple on its retail expansion. Like he did at Apple, Fay will report to Ron Johnson at JC Penny as he helps execute the company’s retail design vision.

Former Dixons CEO John Browett recently joined Apple as its new retail VP. He has replaced Johnson as the man in charge of one of the most iconic retail chains in the world.

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  • MadMax

    Lets hope that JC Penny website work on Safari one day. What crappy site too….

  • jsnyng

    The name of the company is JC Penney, not Penny.

  • heurespassent

    The redesign they are doing is going to be remarkable. I serve as a lowly sales rep there and they are redesigning the whole store, top to bottom. Hopefully this guy will make it work, as Ron Johnson has.

  • ApplePr0n

    Well looking at the Apple stores, he’s done a hell of a job keeping everything simple and making it all about product and the customer experience, so kudos to him on the new job and hope he does well

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