Shopko promotes former Kohl’s exec to president

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Shopko has promoted Jill Soltau to president. She will retain her position as the retailer’s CMO.

Soltau has more than 25 years of experience in the retail industry and joined Shopko in 2007 as SVP and GMM of apparel and accessories. In 2009, she was promoted to EVP and CMO. Prior to joining Shopko, Soltau held several senior level positions in merchandising, planning and private brand at Sears and Kohl's department stores. She started her career with Carson Pirie Scott in Milwaukee.

In her expanded role, Soltau will continue to oversee Shopko's merchandising and product development, while assuming responsibility for marketing, e-commerce, inventory management and supply chain departments. Shopko will look to Soltau to continue focusing on the development and implementation of the company's merchandising strategy across all of its formats – Shopko, Shopko Hometown and – while also uniting branding and marketing strategy under her direction.

"Since joining Shopko, Jill has led the creation of Shopko's highly successful main store merchandising strategy and has been instrumental in the development of the company's growth vehicle, Shopko Hometown," said Mike Bettiga, Shopko Interim CEO, and COO. "Jill is a committed, driven and enthusiastic leader. Her promotion to president ensures that our merchandising and marketing strategies, as well as our business goals, are kept in the forefront and will continue to be successfully executed. We are excited to have her take an expanded leadership role at Shopko."

Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Shopko operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions.

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