Schalk most recently served as EVP and CIO at Kohl’s Corp. and before that was EVP and head of Global IT at Target Corp. In her new role, Schalk will be responsible for leading HBC’s information-technology strategy and will report directly to the office of the chairman, comprised of Chairman and Governor Richard Baker and CEO Jerry Storch.
“Janet is a proven leader, and her success in creating a strategic information-technology function that drives customer engagement across all channels will be critical in advancing HBC’s IT systems and supporting the company’s growth,” said Storch in a release. “We look forward to welcoming Janet to HBC and moving ahead with our plans for innovation and growth.”
Canada-based HBC’s banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth.
HBC made headlines in April when it named Marc Metrick president of Saks, replacing much-heralded then-President Marigay McKee, who had been in the post for only about 15 months.
In its most recent earnings report in June, the retail group posted a net loss of 54 million Canadian dollars, or $43.2 million, compared with net income of $176 million Canadian dollars, or $141 million, based on the average currency-exchange rate for the period.