CHICO’S PROMOTION: Chico’s FAS Inc. has promoted Charles L. Nesbit Jr. to chief operating officer, while continuing as executive vice president. He will oversee operations and will also work to accelerate the growth of Soma, the intimate apparel retail initiative. Nesbit joined Chico’s in August 2004 and earlier was with Sara Lee Corp. Charles J. Kleman continues as chief financial officer, but no longer as chief operating officer. Also, James P. Frain, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, will leave his job on Feb. 28, 2006 and in the meantime help find a successor. He will continue as a consultant for six months thereafter. In other changes, Mori MacKenzie, executive vice president, chief stores officer, will have real estate and store construction reporting to her, in addition to store operations. Michael K. Elleman has joined Chico’s as senior vice president, real estate, and will succeed James West.