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Guest Speaker: W. Paul Jones (Payless)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Lillis Business Complex, Room 262
955 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR

W. Paul Jones, former CEO of Payless ShoeSource, will join Nagesh Murthy's operations and supply chain management class this spring as a guest lecturer. He will present "What is going on in traditional retailing: disruption or destruction? Can struggling traditional retailers be transformed?” A Q&A session will be held afterwards.

MBAs and students with a focus in marketing are welcoeme to attend.

Paul Jones retired as CEO of Payless ShoeSource in August 2017.  He joined Payless in October 2012 as CEO, bringing more than 25 years of management experience, distinguished leadership, and operating expertise in the value retail segment. Jones was responsible for developing and driving the execution of global strategic business initiatives, including repositioning of the merchandise and marketing strategies across North America, international store growth across more than 30 countries, and the development of full omni-channel business capabilities and customer experience.

Prior to joining Payless, Jones served as president, chairman, and CEO of Shopko Stores from 2009 to 2012, where he had previously held the role of president and chief merchandising officer after joining the company in 2007. 

Jones holds a bachelor's degree in business, finance, and economics from Mount Saint Mary’s University, and an MBA from the University of Oregon.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Lecture


Lundquist College of Business, MBA, Business Undergraduate

Target Audience

All Students, Graduate Students


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