JCPenney Recognizes Chairman's Award Winners; Top-performing Managers Earn Company's Highest Honor

PLANO, Texas--()--April 18, 2003--JCPenney Chairman and CEO, Allen Questrom, will officially recognize and honor 254 associates with the Chairman's Award, the Company's highest honor presented annually for managerial excellence, at an awards banquet in Dallas, TX on April 25.

"This is an opportunity to recognize our associates who are contributing greatly to our turnaround efforts," said Questrom. "Thanks to their leadership, vision and dedication, JCPenney is staying the course to provide customers with the fashion, quality and value that will drive our success."

The annual award is presented to the top-performing Store, District and Regional Managers who achieve their total sales and profit goals. Only the top 15% of all stores can qualify as Chairman's Award winners. Retail/Direct Buyers, Divisional and General Merchandise Managers, Catalog Merchandise Directors, Media and Internet Managers must also achieve sales and profit objectives. Only the top 15% of these positions can qualify as honorees. Corporate Product Development Directors/Managers, Apparel Design Directors/Designers and Sourcing Managers also compete for this award. Support Department associates are also recognized, having been nominated by senior executives for their contributions to overall company results.

See the attached list for a complete listing of the 2002 JCPenney Chairman's Award Winners.

J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of the Company, is one of America's largest department store, drugstore, catalog, and e-commerce retailers, employing approximately 230,000 associates. As of January 25, 2003, it operated 1,049 JCPenney department stores throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and 54 Renner department stores in Brazil. Eckerd Corporation operated 2,686 drugstores throughout the Southeast, Sunbelt, and Northeast regions of the U.S. JCPenney Catalog, including e-commerce, is the nation's largest catalog merchant of general merchandise. J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. is a contributor to JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a charitable organization committed to providing children with high quality after school programs to help them reach their full potential.

JCPenney Department Stores

Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL (Manager Larry Walck)

Conway Center, Conway, AR (Manager David Stanley)

Pan American S/C, Douglas, AZ (Manager Nick Arreola)

Havasu North Center, Lake Havasu City, AZ (Manager Bill Ahern)

Superst'N Springs Mall, Mesa, AZ (Manager Kirk Bell)

Prescott Gateway Mall, Prescott, AZ (Manager Fred Brown)

Tucson Mall, Tucson, AZ (Manager Vicki Purcell)

Southgate Mall, Yuma, AZ (Manager Chuck Huskinson)

Valley Plaza, Bakersfield, CA (Manager Gary Radke)

Plaza Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA (Manager Bill Estrada)

Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, CA (Manager Robyn Galichon-Webb)

Valley Plaza, El Centro, CA (Manager Rudy Ramirez)

N County Fair Mall, Escondido, CA (Manager Karen Burrell)

Fresno Fashion Fair, Fresno, CA (Manager Bill Miller)

6420 S Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA (Manager Frank Ruiterman)

Northridge S/C, Northridge, CA (Manager Milt Schulle)

Towngate Mall, Moreno Valley, CA (Manager Tom Jensen)

Montebello Mall, Montebello, CA (Manager Alan Rogers)

Mall Of Orange, Orange, CA (Manager Suzanne Sotelo)

Antelope Valley Mall, Palmdale, CA (Manager Mark Piller)

Palm Desert Town Center, Palm Desert, CA (Manager Mary Prats)

Woodland Plaza II, Paso Robles, CA (Manager Floyd Olsen)

Galleria At Tyler, Riverside, CA (Manager Francis E. Fitzpatrick, Jr.)

Galleria @ Roseville, Roseville, CA (Manager Sandra Sponable)

Carousel Mall, San Bernardino, CA (Manager Robert Beard)

Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego, CA (Manager Richard Wohl)

Valencia Town Center, Santa Clarita, CA (Manager Laurie Dahl)

Santa Maria Shopping Center, Santa Maria, CA (Manager Robert Doyle)

Garden Vinyard Plaza, Selma, CA (Manager Sheila Lafayette)

Promenade N Temecula, Temecula, CA (Manager Liz Kancler)

Thousand Oaks Mall, Thousand Oaks, CA (Manager Janice Small)

Pacific View Mall, Ventura, CA (Manager Barbara Campos)

Mall Of Victor Valley, Victorville, CA (Manager David Oaks)

Visalia Mall, Visalia, CA (Manager Steven Petlewski)

West Covina Fashion Plaza, West Covina, CA (Manager Jerry Wilhelm)

Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA (Manager Meridel Wooley)

Mesa Mall, Grand Junction, CO (Manager David Kloose)

Southwest Plaza, Littleton, CO (Manager Deanne Reitzner)

Pueblo Mall, Pueblo, CO (Manager Bob Dreher)

Pavilions-Buckland, Manchester, CT (Manager Keith Mullen)

Dover Mall, Dover, DE (Manager Priscilla Sherrod)

Brandon Town Center, Brandon, FL (Manager Jack Bailey)

Volusia Mall, Daytona Beach, FL (Manager Tom Fortson)

Edison Mall, Fort Myers, FL (Manager Larry Foster)

Treasure Coast Square, Jensen Beach, FL (Manager Lee Orr)

Santa Rosa S/C, Mary Esther, FL (Manager Connie Lant)

Melbourne Square, Melbourne, FL (Manager Rodney E. Rice III)

Coastland S/C, Naples, FL (Manager Kim Winter)

West Oaks Mall, Ocoee, FL (Manager Randy Warren)

Orange Park Mall, Orange Park, FL (Manager Jack Clancy)

The Florida Mall, Orlando, FL (Manager Ron Clair)

University Mall, Pensacola, FL (Manager John Phelps)

Gulfview Square, Port Richey, FL (Manager Tom Johnston)

Sarasota Square, Sarasota, FL (Manager Don Boyd)

Citrus Park Mall, Tampa, FL (Manager Gary Allenbaugh)

Augusta Mall, Augusta, GA (Manager Jeff Gauker)

Mall Of Georgia, Buford, GA (Manager Gary Hansen)

Town Center, Kennesaw, GA (Manager Hugh Stephens)

Crossroads Center, Fort Dodge, IA (Manager Scott Kingry)

Boise Towne Square, Boise, ID (Manager Steven Fuss)

Grand Teton Mall, Idaho Falls, ID (Manager Patricia Boyce)

3 Louis Joliet Mall, Joliet, IL (Manager George Stuart)

Cross County Mall, Mattoon, IL (Manager Dale Dust)

Golf Mill S/C, Niles, IL (Manager Jim Voeller)

1201 S Dirkson Parkway, Springfield, IL (Manager Leon Keizer)

Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills, IL (Manager Marilyn Delph)

Concord Mall, Elkhart, IN (Manager Corey Paulson)

University Park Mall, Mishawaka, IN (Manager Michael Liegel)

Honey Creek Square, Terre Haute, IN (Manager Larry Biesanz)

Vincennes Plaza, Vincennes, IN (Manager Michael Long)

Oak Park Shopping Center, Overland Park, KS (Manager Mike Davis)

Greenwood Mall, Bowling Green, KY (Manager Rick Abercrombie)

Trademart S/C, Corbin, KY (Manager Bryan Cooke)

Towne Mall, Elizabethtown, KY (Manager George Ramsden)

Florence Mall, Florence, KY (Manager Barbara Keeling)

Mall St Matthews, Louisville, KY (Manager Brian Frank)

Middlesboro Mall, Middlesboro, KY (Manager Len Beal)

Kentucky Oaks Mall, Paducah, KY (Manager Wayne Heath)

Mall of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA (Manager Neal Whitson)

Holyoke Mall, Holyoke, MA (Manager Serena Olsen)

White Marsh Mall, Baltimore, MD (Manager Ben Bjerke)

Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD (Manager Ken Hornbostel)

Wildewood S/C, California, MD (Manager Anthony Patrick)

Easton Marketplace, Easton, MD (Manager Don Zoller)

Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie, MD (Manager James Di Iacovo)

Valley Mall, Hagerstown, MD (Manager Thurman Johnson)

Country Club Mall, La Vale, MD (Manager Chuck Ferryall)

Alpena Mall, Alpena, MI (Manager Bev Allen)

Auburn Mall, Auburn, ME (Manager Chris Holley)

Bangor Mall, Bangor, ME (Manager J. B. Klecha)

Elm Plaza, Waterville, ME (Manager John Caringi)

Crossroads Center, St Cloud, MN (Manager Jim Rotsch)

West Park Mall, Cape Girardeau, MO (Manager Gary McDowell)

West County Center, Des Peres, MO (Manager Mark Francis)

Northpark Mall, Joplin, MO (Manager Bill Ackelmire)

Metro North Shopping Center, Kansas City, MO (Manager Robert McRoy)

Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO (Manager Gerry Tester)

East Hills S/C, St Joseph, MO (Manager Glen Thompson)

Edgewater Plaza, Biloxi, MS (Manager Mike Statham)

Mall@Barnes Crossing, Tupelo, MS (Manager Christa Young)

Rimrock Mall, Billings, MT (Manager W. Gregory Crain)

Asheville Mall, Asheville, NC (Manager Bruce Burns)

Blue Ridge Mall, Hendersonville, NC (Manager Sheila Grapes)

Carolina Place Mall, Pineville, NC (Manager David Burke)

Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND (Manager Barbara Nielsen-Heinle)

Columbia Mall, Grand Forks, ND (Manager Ron Mayer)

403 Main Street, Williston, ND (Manager David Fox)

Hilltop Mall, Kearney, NE (Manager Deryl Benz)

200 Gateway Mall, Lincoln, NE (Manager Scott Packard)

Steeplegate Mall, Concord, NH (Manager David Houser)

Upper Valley Plaza, West Lebanon, NH (Manager Andrew Benton)

Deptford Mall, Deptford, NJ (Manager Bruce Gaunt)

Rio Grande Plaza, Rio Grande, NJ (Manager Timothy DeMuth)

600 Coronado Center, Albuquerque, NM (Manager Kathy Poll)

Cottonwood Mall, Albuquerque, NM (Manager Gwen Lawson-Digman)

Galleria/Sunset Mall, Henderson, NV (Manager April Leonard)

Meadowood S/C, Reno, NV (Manager Jerry Sears)

Crossgates Mall, Albany, NY (Manager Richard W. Hardy)

Mc Kinley Mall, Blasdell, NY (Manager John Anderson)

Bay Plaza Mall, Bronx, NY (Manager Joe Cardamone)

Roosevelt Field S/C, Garden City L I, NY (Manager James Skopkowski)

Hudson Valley Mall, Kingston, NY (Manager Malika Harris)

Champlain Centre, Plattsburgh, NY (Manager Scott Rasnake)

Staten Island Mall, Staten Island, NY (Manager Jess Stoop)

Salmon Run Mall, Watertown, NY (Manager Bob Stigers)

New Towne Mall, New Philadelphia, OH (Manager Lin Langell)

Sandusky Mall, Sandusky, OH (Manager Rich Gotch)

Ohio Valley Mall, St Clairsville, OH (Manager Cheryl George)

Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH (Manager Mark Kuritzky)

Sooner Fashion Mall, Norman, OK (Manager Joseph Waslo)

Rogue Valley Mall, Medford, OR (Manager Frank Clifton)

Clearview Mall, Butler, PA (Manager Mary Ann Moryc)

Galleria Mall, Johnstown, PA (Manager Norah Anzalone)

Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes Barre, PA (Manager Chuck Vandervort)

Inlet Square Mall, Murrells Inlet, SC (Manager Jon Yarbrough)

Rushmore Mall, Rapid City, SD (Manager Tom Morrison)

West Town Mall, Knoxville, TN (Manager Steve Draper)

Wolfchase Galleria, Memphis, TN (Manager Joseph Morea)

Padre-Staples Mall, Corpus Christi, TX (Manager Walt Pirtle)

Plaza Del Sol, Del Rio, TX (Manager Anthony Ortega)

Crossroads Mall, Greenville, TX (Manager Gilbert Guardiola)

Vista Ridge Mall, Lewisville, TX (Manager Scott Oesterreicher)

South Plains Mall, Lubbock, TX (Manager Mack Seeton)

Ingram Park Mall, San Antonio, TX (Manager Jim Reese)

South Park Mall, San Antonio, TX (Manager Stan Nelson)

Windsor Park Mall, San Antonio, TX (Manager John Stensrude)

First Colony Mall, Sugarland, TX (Manager Tim O'Brien)

Richland Mall, Waco, TX (Manager Barger Tygart)

Provo Towne Center, Provo, UT (Manager Jeannette Hanson)

South Towne Center, Sandy, UT (Manager Craig Child)

Fashion Square, Charlottesville, VA (Manager Karen Rogers)

Chesapeake Square, Chesapeake, VA (Manager Linda Noel Vernillo)

Southpark Mall, Colonial Hts, VA (Manager Ken Zaletski)

Patrick Henry Mall, Newport News, VA (Manager Greg Fisher)

Colonial Mall, Staunton, VA (Manager Ray Fadool)

Dulles Town Center, Sterling, VA (Manager James O'Neill)

Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester, VA (Manager Don Louque)

Berlin Mall, Berlin, VT (Manager Thomas Rupp)

Frontier Mall, Cheyenne, WY (Manager Wally St. Clair)

Region Winners

Ed Howard, Plano, TX

District Managers

Jane L. Battaglia, San Diego, CA

Barry L. Sparks, Buena Park, CA

Roland H. Tullos, San Antonio, TX

Kenneth L. Dall, Northridge, CA

Robert A. Roman, Overland Park, KS

Susan L. Maeyama, Citrus Heights, CA

Prince E. Mims, Baltimore, MD

Michael M. Tucker, Tampa, FL

William P. Risko, Langhorne, PA

Michael Shaffer, Clifton Park, NY

Edward E. Trujillo, Salt Lake City, UT

Home Office- Plano, TX, Merchandising Associates

Aaron Bonham, buyer of boy's tops and collection, Children's

Laura Batey, buyer of girl's bottoms and shorts, Children's

Jodie Johnson, buyer of traditional, leisure and boots, Family Footwear

Beryl Raff, general merchandise manager, Fine Jewelry

Christina Doo, buyer of diamond bridal and wedding rings, Fine Jewelry

Arthur De La Garza, buyer of diamond fashion and gold, Fine Jewelry

Greg Franko, divisional merchandise manager, window coverings and luggage, Home

Steve Jebbia, divisional merchandise manager, bed and bath, Home

Bill Presser, buyer of drapery hardware, blinds and shades, Home

Cal Baumann, buyer of sheets, pillows and pads, Home

Nancy Busher, buyer of ready made and made to measure, Home

Rod Franz, buyer-ready made curtains, Home

Laura Williams, buyer of towels, accent rugs and bath mats, Home

Michael Stang, buyer of woven's and heavy weight, Men's

Jeff Useforge, buyer of big and tall, Men's

Derrick Flowers, buyer of men's collections, Men's

Sam Souan, buyer of suits, sportcoats and trousers, Men's

Lori Markland, buyer of young men's sweaters and sportshirts, Men's

Susan Marley, buyer of junior coordinates and bottoms, Women's

Mark B. McDevitt, divisional merchandise manager, juniors, Women's Apparel

Lorraine Hitch, buyer of casual junior tops, Women's Apparel

Gretchen Ratkovic, buyer of junior national brand tops, Women's Apparel

Jeff Olson, buyer of fashion and better watches, Fine Jewelry

Tina Patterson, buyer of girl's coordination, sets and pre-school, Children's

Patricia Griffith, senior product development manager, delicates, entity 04, Accessories, Product Development & Sourcing

Julie Wofford, product development manager, accessories, handbags & hosiery, Mixit, St. John's Bay, Worthington, Product Development & Sourcing

Debi Gibson, senior product development manager, entity 63, junior sportswear, Arizona Juniors, Product Development & Sourcing

Jeff Goldhammer, senior product development manager, men's entities, St. John's Bay, Product Development & Sourcing

Susan Maxwell, division internet manager-soft home, JCP Direct and Internet

Kevin McGhee, direct buyer of housewares, JCP Direct and Internet

Katherine Fant, internet planning manager, Children's and Infant's, JCP Direct and Internet

Angela Intravaia, internet planning manager, soft home, bath, rugs, windows and luggage, JCP Direct and Internet

Todd Birczak, outlet store manager, store 3007, Pinelas Park, FL, JCP Direct and Internet

Home Office- Plano, Texas, Merchandising Support and Catalog Departments

Clarence Kelley, divisional vice president, director of planning for Home, Planning and Allocation

Henry Juvers, store merchandise planning director, Fine Jewelry

Rich Sidney, store merchandise planning coordinator, Fine Jewelry

Ida Andolina, senior project manager-site operations manager, JCP Direct and Internet

Dan Lindner, senior marketing traffic manager, Marketing

Todd Beurman, national advertising director, Marketing

Robert Green, director of systems, programming and infrastructure, Information Technology

Elizabeth Havens, senior catalog inventory analyst, JCP Direct

Jerry Price, senior catalog art director, JCP Direct

Linda Gates, senior catalog art director, JCP Direct

Sharon Davis, visual publication specialist, Store Environment

Roger Wolfe, manager of furniture distribution, Logistics

Tim Wood, manager of logistics facilities engineering, Logistics

Rich Wallace, retail logistics operations manager, Logistics

Steve Karrmann, SSC process and control manager, Logistics

Scott Laster, retail logistics operations manager, Logistics

Nancy Love, allocation director-women's apparel, Planning and Allocation

Eric Anderson, divisional merchandise planner-Women's Apparel, Planning & Allocation

Adam Tarczynski, project manager, systems applications, Merchandise Operations

Tom Crowley, divisional systems manager, Merchandise Operations

Rao Sunku, manager of site planning for real estate, Stores

Roberta Swatek, lighting engineer for construction services, Stores

Mark Onstott, senior merchandise planning manager, entities 21, 23, 26, Men's

Kimberly Bridgers, marketing specialist, entities 22 & 49, Men's

Michael Duck, marketing specialist - boy's, Children's

Tim Stoller, store merchandise planning director, Women's Apparel

Laurie Slater, project manager, Women's Apparel

Kim Brown, project manager, Women's Accessories

Marianne Gonzales, marketing plans and coordination director, Marketing

Michael Marschewski, marketing director-Home, Family Footwear & Fine Jewelry

David Hacker, divisional trend director for women's and girl's apparel, Product Development & Sourcing

Steve Bohman, sourcing manager, denim bottoms, Product Development & Sourcing

Debra Schweiss-Hankins, divisional trend director for Home, Product Development & Sourcing

Support Departments

Nancy Farahmand, manager of federal and international tax research and planning, Tax Services

Paul Estep, senior project manager, accounts payable and invoice matching systems, Controller's

Bob Mulqueen, national manager of accounts payable, Controller's

Gary Lundberg, divisional purchasing manager, fixtures and building equipment, Purchasing

John S. Berko, senior audit manager for real estate and cost recovery audit, Audit Department

Mary Ann Root, senior counsel-benefits, Legal Department

Michael Holmberg, loss prevention analysis manager, Loss Prevention

Robert Carpenter, senior infrastructure development project manager of application architecture, Information Technology

Dick Flunker, senior applications development project manager-store support centers, Information Technology

Grant Moore, senior applications development project manager, corporate systems services, Information Technology

Sally Murphy, network planning specialist, corporate systems services, Information Technology

Ed Solczak, director of the afterschool program and special events, JCPenney AfterSchool

Ron Fazio, communications programs and service director, Communications

Mary E. Knuff, building operations and planning manager, Administrative Services

Carol Parker, senior project manager-HR, Human Resources

Antonio Wilson, senior project manager-HRD, Human Resources

Laura Akins, project specialist-organization development, Human Resources


Rosalynn A. Vasquez, 972/431-3044


Rosalynn A. Vasquez, 972/431-3044