Private label ladies' apparel retailer Chico's FAS Inc has made a number of management additions and promotions as it continues its growth strategy.
Susan Powers will join the company on 4 January 4 2005 as vice president - store operations. Powers, who joins the company from apparel chain Wet Seal where she served as vice president (director of stores), will oversee all aspects of stores support and store administrative operations at the corporate level, working with all the company's brands.

Rod Olson has joined the company as vice president - operations of White House Black Market. Olson, who was previously a partner at Olson-NG Retail Consulting Group, will be responsible for business operations at the division, which will include planning, allocation, forecasting, facilities, budgeting, expense control, and systems integration.

Sher Canada has been promoted to vice president - Chico's Stores. Canada, who has been with the company since 1996 when she joined as regional sales manager, will oversee the Chico's and Soma field sales and organisations.

Ed Coury has been promoted to vice president - real estate in Dallas, Texas. Coury, who has been a Chico's associate since April 2004 when he was taken on as a director of real estate, will be in charge of the company's real estate operations in the western region.

A Alexander Rhodes has been promoted to vice president - corporate counsel and secretary. Rhodes joined Chco's in January 2002 and most recently served as its in-house legal counsel.

F Michael Smith has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president -investor and community relations. Smith became vice president - real estate in November 2003.

Scott Edmonds, president and chief executive officer said: "I am extremely pleased the company's rapid growth has allowed us to attract talented executives such as Susan Powers and Rod Olson, as well as provide significant advancement opportunities for a number of our leaders already within the organization."

He added that the executives were expected to be a important in keeping the company's "marketplace momentum in 2005 and beyond".

Chico's sells private-label women's clothing and related in its 656 specialty stores. The company owns 450 Chico's front-line stores, 25 Chico's outlet stores, 155 White House Black Market front-line stores, 4 White House Black Market outlet stores and 10 Soma by Chico's stores. Franchisees own and operate 12 Chico's stores.