Prior to Wal-Mart, Castagna was a gmm at Target and also held posts at Federated Department Stores.
— With Contributions from David Moin and Arthur Zaczkiewicz
Vanessa Castagna’s Résumé
Aug. 1999-Nov. 2004: Executive vice president and chief operating officer of J.C. Penney stores division, merchandising and catalogue.
1996 to Aug. 1999: Senior vice president and general merchandise manager of women’s and juniors’ apparel, intimate apparel and accessories and children’s apparel at Wal-Mart.
1994 to 1996: Senior vice president and general merchandising manager for home decor, domestics, furniture, crafts and children’s apparel at Wal-Mart.
1992 to 1994: Held several senior-level positions, including senior vice president, general merchandising manager for women’s and juniors at Marshalls stores.
1985 to 1992: Vice president of merchandising for women’s at Target.
1972: Began career at Lazarus, a division of Federated Department Stores. Held positions of senior vice president and general merchandise manager.
1971: Graduated from Purdue University with a degree in psychology and speech education.