JC Penney Cans Ron Johnson, Brings Mike Ullman Back

CEO shake-up at struggling retail brand

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JC Penney's board ousted CEO Ron Johnson today and replaced him with his predecessor, Mike Ullman.

Johnson, a former Apple exec, took over the struggling retailer's leadership 17 months ago and installed an ambitious rebranding strategy that didn't take with consumers. He called for a new logo, revamped the brand's department stores and dramatically cut back on its signature clearance sales—the latter two moves, however, were never tested in a subset of JC Penney's 1,100 locations.

Sales plummeted; the firm's market cap fell from $6.8 billion to roughly $3.5 billion under Johnson's leadership.

Now, Ullman—who ran the Plano, Texas-based company from 2004 through 2011—is back in charge. 

@Chris_Heine Christopher Heine is a New York-based editor and writer.
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