Executive Vice President Ken Mangone has resigned from J.C. Penney & Co. (NYSE:JCP), after being with the company since 1977, leading product development, design and sourcing most recently. A statement reads that “We can confirm that Ken Mangone is no longer with the Company. We wish Ken continued success and thank him for his years of service to J.C. Penney.” Observers are wondering why Mangone left at the start of the crucial shopping season, and why the historic retailer isn’t going after holiday shoppers the same way that its rivals like Macy’s (NYSE:M) have, going into Black Friday. Penney’s opened at 6 Friday morning, which used to be customary for the date, but not anymore.
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