Chicos FAS nominates Deborah Kerr for election to its Board of Directors

– USA, FL – Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) announced today that its Board has nominated Deborah L. Kerr for election by its shareholders at the Company’s annual meeting on June 22, 2017. Ms. Kerr will fill the remaining one year term of Ross E. Roeder, who is retiring from the Board effective at the annual meeting. She most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Technology Officer of Sabre Corporation in Dallas, Texas, where she led the global product and technology organization. She previously held executive leadership roles in technology at FICO, Hewlett Packard Company and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She currently serves on the boards of directors of DH Corporation and EXLService Holdings, Inc.

“Ms. Kerr is a highly experienced technology and product expert, with proven skills in innovation and risk management,” said David F. Walker, Chair of the Board of Chico’s FAS. “She will bring a unique and fresh voice to our Board.”

Shelley Broader, President and CEO of Chico’s FAS, said, “I am looking forward to Ms. Kerr’s seasoned counsel as we continue to enhance our customers’ overall experience with the Chico’s FAS brands, both in our stores and online.”

After Ms. Kerr’s election, more than half of Chico’s FAS nine-member Board will be female. As a Company that serves women, Chicos FAS recognizes the vital contributions that women make on its Board of Directors, executive leadership team and throughout its organization.

Mr. Roeder joined the Board in 1997 and served as its Chairman from 2009 to 2015.

“Ross has been a valued member of the Chico’s FAS Board over many years of growth and change at Chico’s, and we thank him for his thoughtful and dedicated service,” said Mr. Walker.


The Company, through its brands – Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma, is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, and complementary accessories.

As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 1,501 stores in the US and Canada and sold merchandise through franchise locations in Mexico.

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