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J. C. Penney Company Names Ken Hannah Chief Financial Officer

Texas Business reports: PLANO—J. C. Penney Company Inc. named Ken Hannah as chief financial officer.

Hannah brings more than 20 years of finance, operations and audit experience from a wide range of leading companies that include General Electric, Boeing and The Home Depot. Hannah will be a member of the company's executive team and will report to chief operating officer Mike Kramer.

“Ken brings a broad knowledge of finance, controls and operations to the CFO role,” said chief executive Ron Johnson in a prepared statement. “In addition, his experience with top companies known for financial and operational excellence will be instrumental in helping jcpenney as we transition to become America's favorite store. We're pleased to welcome Ken to the jcpenney team.”

“I've followed the outstanding changes that have taken place at jcpenney thus far, and I'm excited to now be part of this remarkable revolution in retail,” said Hannah in a statement. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the rest of the jcpenney team to provide financial leadership and deliver the company's financial results.”

Hannah, 43, has spent the last six years at MEMC Electronic Materials, where he served as president of solar energy, responsible for improving process discipline, simplifying the organization and reducing cost to drive growth in the company's solar business.

Before his current position, he was chief financial officer of MEMC, where he was responsible for the leadership of all finance-related functions. Previously, he served in positions of increasing responsibility at The Home Depot, including senior vice president of finance, providing leadership in store operations and supply chain for the $70 billion home improvement retailer. Prior to that, Hannah held the positions of vice president of corporate audit staff and vice president of financial planning and analysis at The Boeing Company. He also worked in a variety of finance positions with General Electric Company and at McDonnell Douglas Corporation.