Marvin Ellison

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Marvin Ellison
EducationUniversity of Memphis (BA)
Emory University (MBA)

Marvin Ellison is an American business executive who serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowe's, joining the company on July 2, 2018.[1] He was previously the CEO of J. C. Penney, and had been since August 2015. He joined the company in November 2014 and served as CEO-designee and president before taking over the role of CEO.[2][3]


Ellison was an executive at Home Depot, in charge of the company's U.S. stores, from 2002 until 2014 when he was hired by J. C. Penney.[3] He worked for Target Corporation from 1997 until 2002, mostly in the company's loss prevention department. Concurrently, he is an independent director of FedEx. He was previously an independent director of H&R Block.[4]

During his time at Home Depot, Ellison helped oversee the chain's turnaround.[2]

As CEO of J.C. Penney, Ellison helped the company make progress in recovering lost profitability and laid out a three-year plan, starting in 2017, for growing sales.[5]

Ellison was one of five African American CEOs on the 2016 Fortune 500 greatest leaders list, placing 19th.[6]

In February 2017, Ellison was part of a group of retail executives that met with President Donald Trump and legislators to discuss tax reform.[7] Following the meeting, Ellison stated that he believed a border adjustment tax, as it was proposed in a House bill, would make it difficult for J.C. Penney to be profitable and would also negatively impact U.S. consumers.[8]

On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Ellison would leave J.C. Penney and take over as CEO of Lowe's on July 2, replacing retiring CEO Robert Niblock,[9] who had been under pressure from large institutional investors for failing to increase Lowe's stock value to its stockholders.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Ellison grew up in Brownsville, Tennessee, one of seven children. He grew up poor[citation needed], with his father working multiple jobs throughout his childhood[citation needed]. Ellison worked his way through college, an experience he said influenced his later corporate career[citation needed]. He is a lifelong musician, and growing up, his family performed as a gospel act.[2][10]

Ellison holds business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Emory University.[4]

He and his wife, Sharyn, met while attending the University of Memphis. They have a son and a daughter.[2][10]


  1. ^ "Lowe's names Marvin Ellison president and CEO". Lowe's Open House Newsroom. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  2. ^ a b c d "The CEO Who's Reinventing J.C. Penney". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  3. ^ a b "JCPenney's New CEO Plans To Reuse His Home Depot Strategy". Consumerist. 2015-06-11. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
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  5. ^ Gustafson, Krystina (2017-02-24). "JCPenney shuttering up to 140 stores as sales weaken, more sluggish growth seen ahead". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  6. ^ "Marvin Ellison". Fortune. 2016-03-24. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  7. ^ Halzack, Sarah. "Retail CEO says Trump meeting 'productive,' despite worries over border tax idea". Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  8. ^ Reagan, Court (2017-03-10). "JC Penney CEO Says Border Tax Would Make Profitability 'Virtually Impossible' in Short Run". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  9. ^ Isidore, Chris (2018-05-22). "JCPenney CEO leaves for Lowe's". CNNMoney.
  10. ^ a b "Marvin Ellison's story is classic J.C. Penney | Retail | Dallas News". Dallas News. 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2017-01-12.