Monday December 2nd, 2013
6:00 pm 7:30 pm


Cemex Auditorium
641 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305


On December 2, 2013, Cathy Horyn sits with Ron Johnson, former CEO of JCPenney and SVP of Retail at Apple, to discuss brand integrity and the future of retail. Johnson achieved record sales as vice president of Target, pioneered the highly successful retail store concept as senior vice president of Apple, and until recently instituted a number of controversial innovations as CEO of JCPenney.

The New York Times
SF Gate

Stanford iTunesU Podcast

About Ron Johnson
Ron Johnson lives in Atherton and currently is advising individuals, companies and non-profits on a variety of issues. He most recently served as CEO of JCPenney and led an attempt to revitalize the company which was aborted by the Board of Directors after twelve months of transformation. Prior to this Johnson served on the Executive Committee of Apple from 2000 to 2012 and was responsible for Apple’s retail strategy. He developed the strategy and oversaw the stores as it grew from one store in 2001 to 350 stores in twelve countries throughout the world.

Prior to Apple, Johnson was a senior merchandising officer at Target. Johnson graduated from Stanford University in 1980 and Harvard Business School in 1984. He serves as a Trustee of Stanford University, as a Board Member of Stanford Hospitals and Clinics and as Vice Chair of the Campaign for Stanford Medicine. He is also a Board Member of the Melt, a fast casual restaurant chain.


Cathy Portrait (Giles Bensimon)

Photo Credit: Giles Bensimon

About Cathy Horyn
Cathy Horyn has been the fashion critic of The New York Times since 1999. Her articles about the industry and other topics also appear in The New York Times Magazine. She created the popular Times blog On the Runway. Prior to joining the paper, Horyn was a contributing writer at Vanity Fair. From 1990 to 1995, she was the fashion writer at The Washington Post. She is currently working on a history of The New York Times fashion coverage since 1852. Born in Coshocton, Ohio, she is a graduate of Barnard College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


More on Fashion at Stanford

A Series of Conversations on Design, Craft, and the Market with Cathy Horyn, Fashion Critic for The New York Times

The fashion industry is changing rapidly. Changes in technology are affecting every facet of the market, from retail strategies to production possibilities. Global manufacture and distribution are disrupting existing markets. And the relation between designers, artists, and entrepreneurs is becoming increasingly blurred.

“FASHION AT STANFORD” will examine the changing dynamics of this industry and explore the possibilities for the future. Bringing together Silicon Valley expertise and global leaders in the field, the Stanford Arts Institute will present a series of conversations in the 2013-2014 academic year, organized by Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for The New York Times. The series will bring diverse perspectives from the fields of design, photography, business, and criticism to the Stanford community.