Women's specialty retailer Chico's FAS Inc has hired two new senior executives, naming Terri Meichner as senior vice president, general merchandising manager for its Soma by Chico's intimate apparel unit and Brett Avner as new senior vice president of human resources.

Meichner will have accountability for the Soma by Chico's intimate apparel concept, overseeing all aspects of product development, merchandising, planning and allocation, and vendor relations for the unit. She joins the company from United Retail Group where she served three years as senior vice president of Avenue Body.

Avner PhD will be responsible for managing and developing the human resources function, enhancing the succession planning and performance management processes.  He joins the company after serving twelve years as vice president of human resources at the Victoria's Secret Stores division of Limited Brands Inc.

Chico's operates 687 women's specialty stores, including stores in the US, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market and Soma by Chico's names.