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Women’s retailer woos Nordstrom executive for top post

Karen McKibbin beings her new role with Chico’s FAS April 1.

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FORT MYERS — Longtime Nordstrom executive Karen McKibbin has been named president of the Chico’s brand, a unit of women’s retailer Chico’s FAS, effective April 1.

McKibbin replaces Diana Ellis, who left the position in November after two years with the Fort Myers company. In her new role, McKibbin will oversee all business activities for Chico’s and will report directly to Chico’s FAS President and CEO Shelley Broader, according to a statement.

McKibbin worked for 32 years at Nordstrom, according to a separate statement from the Seattle-based fashion retailer, when she announced her retirement from the company in early 2018. McKibbin was president of Nordstrom Canada for five years, the release states, where she where she led the first-ever international expansion of Nordstrom's full line stores. 

McKibbin most recently served as President of Nordstrom Rack, the company’s fastest growing brand, with a fleet of 244 stores and a separate off-price merchant organization, according to the Chico’s FAS release.

“Karen has extensive experience in the retail industry with our customer and a strong record leading merchandising, operating and store initiatives that drive profitable growth,” Broader says in the statement. “She shares our commitment to beautiful product, superior customer experiences and knows first-hand how important service is to building brand loyalty. I am confident that her leadership and decades of experience will help accelerate the progress we are making to improve performance at the Chico’s brand.”

Chico’s FAS, through Chico’s, White House | Black Market and Soma, operates 1,418 stores in the U.S. and Canada and sells merchandise through 83 international franchise locations in Mexico.



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