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Pier I Imports names former J.C. Penney exec as executive VP of marketing

Fort Worth, Texas -- Pier 1 Imports has named Eric Hunter as executive VP of marketing, responsible for the company’s brand image and integrated marketing efforts. He most recently served as senior VP of marketing and acting chief marketing officer for J.C. Penney Co., where he led strategy, research, creative, media, customer relationship management and digital direction for the JCP enterprise brand and all JCP-owned brands.

Previously, he served as chief marketing officer & group president with Kellwood Company, an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners.

Hunter’s appointment at Pier I comes days after the company credited misguided marketing as one of the reasons for its poor performance in the second quarter.