Payless ShoeSource Executive Committee
W. Paul Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Jones joined Payless ShoeSource in October, 2012, as Chief Executive Officer, bringing more than 25 years of management experience, distinguished leadership and expertise in the value retail segment. Jones is responsible for developing and driving the execution of global strategic initiatives, including a focus on consistent execution of superior merchandising skills and an emphasis on great product, incredible value, and an outstanding shopping experience to meet the needs of Payless’ core customers.
Before joining Payless, Jones served as President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Shopko from 2009 to 2012, where he had previously held the role of President and Chief Merchandising officer after joining the company in 2007. While at Shopko, Jones spearheaded the brand’s successful repositioning, the acquisition and conversion of Pamida – a smaller-footprint, rural retailer – to a new small-market business format, Shopko Hometown, and the launch of Shopko’s e-commerce platform.
His prior career highlights include serving as Vice President, General Merchandise Manager for Sears, where he played a key role in the reinvention and turnaround of the $2.3 billion men’s and children’s apparel business. Before Sears, Jones was Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Kohl’s Department Stores, which opened more than 450 stores nationwide during his tenure. Jones began his career at May Department Stores.
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. He and his wife Jill live in Lawrence, Kan., with their five children.