Retired CEO of J.C. Penney Mike Ullman
Myron “Mike” Ullman III, Bus '69, HonDoc '06, is the former chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney, a position he served twice, first from 2004 to 2011, then from 2013 to 2015. Ullman also serves as a member of the Starbucks Corporation Board of Directors. In addition, he has been a member of the Stanford Medical Center Children's Hospital Board as well as chairman and CEO of Macy's and DFS Group Ltd. Over the years, he has held positions as a managing director with Louis Vuitton Paris and Wharf Holdings in Hong Kong. Prior to entering the retail industry, Ullman served as a White House Fellow for President Ronald Reagan after being vice president of business affairs for UC in the '70s. Ullman started his business career with the IBM Corp. in 1969, where he became an international account manager. In 2006, Ullman was the university's commencement speaker at spring graduation. The following year, he and his wife, Cathy, DAAP '70, donated $10 million to UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning to support academic excellence in the School of Design.
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