April 9, 2013

Ronald Friedman, Co-Leader, Retail/Consumer Products Industry Group, Quoted in Associated Press Article "Penney CEO’s Challenge: Can it be Fixed?"

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Ronald Friedman, Co-Leader, Retail/Consumer Products Industry Group, Quoted in Associated Press Article "Penney CEO’s Challenge: Can it be Fixed?"

Excerpt:

There won’t be an easy fix for J.C. Penney — if it can be fixed at all.

As Mike Ullman takes the reins again less than two years after his departure, he faces a Herculean task to undo the mess left by CEO Ron Johnson, who was ousted Monday. With the department store retailer in the middle of a disastrous overhaul that has driven away shoppers, the 66-year-old Ullman has to quickly figure out what parts of Johnson’s legacy to keep and what to trash.

The overarching question is whether the century-old company can be saved at all. Very few retailers have recovered from a 25 percent sales drop in a single year, like that suffered by Penney under Johnson’s watch. On Tuesday, the retailer’s stock price dropped more than 12 percent to a 12-year-low of $13.93 as investors’ worries escalated about Penney’s future.

“Ullman can’t go back to the old ways, but he can’t do what Ron Johnson did,” said Ron Friedman, head of the retail and consumer products group at Marcum LLP, a national accounting and consulting firm. “I think there will be a combination of the two. But he has to make some quick moves.”

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