VIP Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Ken Hicks, CEO of Foot Locker
When: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Where: SAC Ballroom
Who: Ken Hicks, CEO of Foot Locker
Bio: Ken C. Hicks was elected president and chief executive officer of Foot Locker, Inc. effective August 17, 2009. He was subsequently appointed as the company’s chairman of the board, effective January 31, 2010.
Before joining Foot Locker, Inc., Mr. Hicks served as president and Chief Merchandising Officer of J.C. Penney Company, Inc. since 2005 and was a member of its board of directors since 2008. From 2002 to 2005 he was president and Chief Operating Officer of J.C. Penney’s stores and merchandise operations.
Before joining J.C. Penney, Mr. Hicks was president of Payless ShoeSource from 1999 to 2002, where he had responsibility for all elements of merchandising, marketing, product distribution, and direct product development and sourcing for 4,900 stores in seven countries. Before joining Payless ShoeSource, Mr. Hicks was the executive vice president and general merchandise manager of all merchandising and programming for the Home Shopping Network.
From 1987 to 1998, he held senior management and merchandising positions for May Department Stores, including senior vice president of strategic planning and general merchandise manager for several divisions. From 1982 to 1987, he was a senior engagement manager for McKinsey and Company Consultants.
Mr. Hicks graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and served in the U. S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. After leaving the Army, he earned an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard University.
Mr. Hicks serves on the board of Avery Dennison Corporation.
Foot Locker, Inc. operates approximately 3,300 athletic retail stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as well as the direct-to-customer channel Footlocker.com/Eastbay/CCS.