Exec retires from ailing J.C. Penney

DALLAS: Only days after announcing the closing of dozens of stores, ailing retailer J.C. Penney suffered another major blow when its top communications exec announced her upcoming retirement.

DALLAS: Only days after announcing the closing of dozens of stores, ailing retailer J.C. Penney suffered another major blow when its top communications exec announced her upcoming retirement.

DALLAS: Only days after announcing the closing of dozens of stores,

ailing retailer J.C. Penney suffered another major blow when its top

communications exec announced her upcoming retirement.



Gale Duff-Bloom, who has been with the company for 31 years, said last

week that she will leave her job as president of communications and

corporate image on April 1. While Penney officials declined to discuss

how or whether Duff-Bloom would be replaced, a source close to the

company speculated that her duties might be reorganized under another

existing director.



Beginning as a management trainee, Duff-Bloom moved up the marketing

ladder to become the ’first woman’ in several top positions. She served

as the company’s IR VP in the late 1980s, and responsibility for all

internal and external communications - including PR, IR, cause-related

marketing and special corporate events - was added to her plate late

last year.



Throughout her tenure, she was renowned as a champion of women and

minorities.



Manager of public and financial information Rita Flynn, Penney’s chief

spokesperson, did not return calls for comment.



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