Leading women's clothing chain Chico's FAS Inc on Wednesday announced the promotion of Patricia Murphy to senior vice president-chief merchandising officer.

The operator of nearly 380 stores said in her new role, Ms Murphy will oversee product development and the buying, planning and allocation activities associated with procurement and allocation of merchandise.

Florida-based Chico's president and COO, Scott Edmonds, said: "Pat has been instrumental in Chico's growth and success. We see this promotion as an endorsement of her merchandising skills.

"Chico's has developed an outstanding management team and we believe that Pat's promotion helps assure that we remain in a strong position as we continue to build our brand. I look forward to partnering with her as we guide the company's growth."

He added the company has also promoted Lori Shaffer to vice president-merchandise controller from her former role as director of merchandising.