J. C. Penney Company has roped in Therace Risch as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, effective immediately. Risch joins JCPenney from Country Financial, and succeeds Scott Laverty.

"Therace is an outstanding IT professional with an extensive background of merging innovative retail technologies and powerful applications to drive both brick-and-mortar and online growth," said Marvin R. Ellison, Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney, adding, "We are pleased to blend her 20 years of experience with the recently announced leaders of e-commerce and supply chain to offer a seamless omnichannel shopping experience across multiple customer touch points."

In her previous role as EVP and CIO at Country Financial, Risch was responsible for all aspects of consumer technologies to support the insurance and investment needs of over one million households and businesses. She was also responsible for all technology strategies and planning, as well as data security. Prior to that, Risch spent 10 years at Target Corporation in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of technology delivery services.

JCPenney recently also appointed Michael Amend as Executive Vice President of e-commerce and omnichannel, and Mike Robbins, Senior Vice President of supply chain.