Keri Jones, formerly chief merchant at Dick’s Sporting Goods and a longtime Target executive, has been named chief executive officer and a member of the board at Christopher & Banks, the women’s specialty retailer, effective March 12.

A 30-year veteran of retailing, Jones succeeds Joel Waller, who served as interim ceo and will stay on the board to help in the transition.

The search was conducted by Kirk Palmer Associates.

As executive vice president and chief merchant at Dick’s, Jones was responsible for merchandising, product development and planning, allocation and replenishment. Prior to Dick’s, she spent 27 years at Target, where she served as executive vice president of global supply chain, executive vice president of merchandising planning and operations, senior vice president of health and beauty, and vice president, general merchandise manager of toys and sporting goods.

“She is a versatile global executive displaying outstanding leadership with a proven record of driving results through consumer-focused strategy development,” said Kent Kleeberger, Christopher & Banks chairman.

He added that Waller joined the company “during a difficult time and provided stability to the business, empowered our executives and put in place the executional merchandise strategy to move the company forward.”

Jones said she looks forward to “leveraging the company’s brand strengths to deliver improved operating results for the company’s shareholders.”

Christopher & Banks sells private branded women’s apparel and accessories and operates 314 MPW stores, 78 outlets, 37 Christopher & Banks stores, 34 CJ Banks stores for plus sizes, and an e-commerce web site.

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