NEW YORK — Chico’s FAS, the fast-growing specialty chain, has its own executives on the fast track.

This story first appeared in the November 5, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Among the string of promotions announced Tuesday, Charles J. Kleman became chief operating officer, while maintaining his responsibilities as chief financial officer. Kleman will oversee logistics, real estate, construction and information technology. He joined Chico’s in 1989 as controller and has held a few senior posts, including secretary-treasurer, and executive vice president of finance. Kleman also serves on the board.

Scott A. Edmonds, who was pumped up to president and chief executive about two months ago, formerly held the chief operating officer title.

The company also promoted Michael J. Kincaid to chief accounting officer in addition to his role as vice president of finance. James P. West rose from director of real estate to senior vice president of real estate.

Brett A. Robinson was promoted to vice president of real estate, from director of real estate of western operations, and Bari L. Horton rose to vice president of direct marketing, from director of direct marketing. She was instrumental in relaunching the Passport Club in 1999, a prime component in Chico’s formula for sales growth.

Chico’s, based in Fort Myers, Fla., sells private label women’s clothing and accessories. It operates 387 Chico’s stores and 22 outlets, as well as 110 White House-Black Market stores purchased last July. Franchisees own 12 Chico’s stores. Its eight Pazo stores are being discontinued and might be used to test a misses’ activewear and intimates concept geared toward the Chico’s customer and slated to bow in fall 2004.

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