Private-label ladies' wear company Chico's FAS has unveiled a number of management appointments and changes, including the promotion of executive vice president - operations, Chuck Nesbit, to chief operating officer.

Nesbit, in his expanded role, will hold the position of executive vice president - chief operating officer, overseeing the company's operations with special focus on logistics and supply chain functions, outlet store operations, the Soma intimate apparel initiative, strategic planning, and business development.

Charles Kleman, who has been performing the dual role of chief financial officer and chief operating officer since November 2003, will refocus his responsibilities onto his position as CFO.

Scott Edmonds, president and chief executive officer of Chico's FAS Inc, commented: "Chuck had a distinguished brand building career at Sara Lee, making him a logical choice to direct our operations."

Separately, the company announced that James Frain, executive vice president - chief marketing officer, will quit his position with the company on 28 February 2006.

Frain will work closely with the company in helping to identify his successor and will continue to serve the company in a consulting capacity for a period of up to an additional six months in order to further assist in the transition.

The company also announced that Mori MacKenzie, executive vice president - chief stores officer, will now have real estate and store construction reporting to her in addition to store operations, and that Michael Elleman has joined the company from Charlotte Russe as senior vice president - real estate.

Elleman succeeds James West, who is leaving his full time position with Chico's on 31 August. After that date, West has agreed that he will remain with the company until at least February 2006, but in a more limited and reduced hours capacity, holding the title of vice president - real estate.

Chico's sells private-label women's clothing and related accessories in 705 specialty stores under the Chico's, White House|Black Market, and soma by Chico's names.