Jill Soltau, a 1989 UW-Stout graduate, has been named president and chief merchandising officer of Shopko, the Ashwaubenon-based retail chain.
Soltau joined Shopko in 2007 as senior vice president and general merchandise manager and two years later was named executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.
In her new job Soltau will oversee marketing, e-commerce and inventory and supply chain, along with continuing to manage product development and merchandising, the company said.
The company recently has opened Shopko Hometown stores in smaller markets. Shopko merged in 2012 with Pamida Stores, which reopened as Shopko Hometown stores. Soltau has played a major role in helping develop the Hometown store concept, the company said.
Shopko has about 350 stores in 22 states and more than 20,000 employees.
In 2011 Soltau returned to UW-Stout to meet with administrators in the College of Management and speak to the Stout Retail Association. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in retailing, with a minor in business. UW-Stout’s retail degree now is called retail merchandising and management, with four concentrations including store operations management. For more information, go to the website.
Soltau has held the positions of vice president and general merchandising manager at Sears Holding from 2004-06. She also worked for Kohl’s Department Stores, where she held numerous management positions in the planning, private brand and merchandising areas. She began her retail career with the Carson Pirie Scott division of Saks, where she held a variety of roles in stores and merchandising.