Stanley Black & Decker, the company known for its power tools, has named Janet Link as its new senior vice president and general counsel, effective immediately. Link was general counsel at JC Penney Co. for the past two years.

Link replaces Bruce Beatt, who is retiring after 17 years at Stanley Black & Decker, based in New Britain, Connecticut. Beatt will remain with the firm through a transition period until April 2018, according to a company statementannouncing the move Tuesday. Beatt unloaded $560,000 in stock back in June, a recent report said.

Link said of her new job: “It’s a unique opportunity from a legal perspective, especially considering the company’s M&A growth strategy, including its recent [Jan. 5] acquisition of the Craftsman brand, and the diversity of its businesses.” That diversityincludes tools and storage, engineered fastening systems, electronic security solutions and more.

Prior to JC Penney, Link held deputy general counsel positions at Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. and CC Media Holdings Inc. (now known as iHeartMedia). She began her legal career with a U.S. district court clerkship in the Central District of California followed by a clerkship with Judge James Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She was also a partner at Latham & Watkins.

Link said she is “thrilled” to be part of the Stanley Black & Decker leadership team. “This is a dynamic, global company with a track record of top-quartile financial performance, a focus on innovation and, importantly, a larger commitment to corporate social responsibility,” she noted.

In the announcement of Link’s hire, Stanley Black & Decker president and CEO Jim Loree cited her “seasoned legal background and expertise in the retail industry.”

He also expressed appreciation for Beatt’s “tireless devotion to the company’s success.”