Mike Ullman returned as Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney in 2013 to lead a turnaround after an unsuccessful strategy to move the retailer upmarket. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JCPenney in January 2012, having served since December 2004.
From February 2002 to November 2004, Ullman served on three public company boards, a private company board and three non-profit boards. From 1999 until January 2002, he served as Directeur General, Group Managing Director of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest and leading luxury goods manufacturer and retailer based in Paris, France. From 1995-1999, Ullman served as chairman and chief executive officer of DFS Group Limited, the travel retailer, majority owned by LVMH. Ullman served as chairman and chief executive officer of R. H. Macy & Co., Inc., from May 1992 to January 1995 and was group managing director of Wharf Holdings, Ltd. in Hong Kong from 1986-1989. He served as executive vice president of Federated Department Stores division in Dallas from 1982-1986.
Ullman began his business career at IBM Corporation in 1969 where he became an International Account Manager. In 1976, he joined the University of Cincinnati as vice president of business affairs. In 1981, he was appointed a White House Fellow by President Ronald Reagan. In 1995, he was the recipient of the William Howard Taft Medal as outstanding alumnus of the University of Cincinnati and received an honorary doctorate in June of 2006.