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Former Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor exec joins area retailer's board

Kim Roy, former president of Ralph Lauren Group, brings marketing and brand development strategy experience to Chico’s FAS as an independent director.

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Kim Roy brings a depth of fashion industry experience to the Chico's FAS Board of Directors.
Kim Roy brings a depth of fashion industry experience to the Chico's FAS Board of Directors.
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FORT MYERS —  Chico's FAS has appointed a veteran leader in the fashion industry to its board of directors.

Kim Roy, most recently group president of Ralph Lauren Corp., has joined the nine-member board as an independent director. She will also serve on the board’s audit committee, according to a statement. 

Roy has more than 30 years of experience leading iconic American brands at Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor and Liz Claiborne across wholesale, retail and digital channels, the release states. Most recently, as Ralph Lauren Group president, North American Wholesale, she was responsible for Polo, Lauren and Chaps apparel brands for men, women and children as well as home categories. During her 13 years with the company, she also served as group president of Lauren Brands and president of Lauren. Prior to Ralph Lauren, Roy was president of Ann Taylor Inc. and group president, Liz Claiborne Inc.

"As a senior executive and director, Kim has developed a strong track record with premier retail and consumer companies, and we are pleased to welcome her to the Chico's FAS board," says Chico's FAS Chairman of the Board David Walker in a statement "We believe Kim's knowledge in brand strategy, merchandising, retail business operations, multi-channel marketing and international brand development will help inform our own strategies and growth opportunities in these areas.”

Through its Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma brands, Chico’s FAS is an omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and accessories.

"I am looking forward to Kim's counsel and contributions as our newest independent director as we work to build on our strong brand foundation and enhance the growth and operating effectiveness of the company,” says Chico’s FAS President and CEO Shelley Broader.


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