Chico’s FAS Inc. appointed Karen McKibbin as president of its Chico’s brand, effective April 1. In this role, McKibbin will oversee all business activities for Chico’s and will report directly to Shelley Broader, CEO and president of the company.
She joins Chico’s after a long career at Nordstrom Inc., where she was most recently president of Nordstrom Rack after serving as president of Nordstrom Canada.
The omnichannel women’s specialty retailer operates 1,418 Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma stores in the U.S. and Canada, and sells merchandise through 83 international franchise locations in Mexico.
The supervisory board of Adidas AG appointed Martin Shankland to the executive board as a board member responsible for global operations. He succeeds Gil Steyaert, who has left the executive board to pursue new career opportunities.
Shankland joined Adidas in 1997. Since 2017, he has led Adidas Emerging Markets as managing director, setting up the organization for sustainable success across the Middle East, Turkey, India and Africa. Prior to that, Shankland was managing director for Adidas Russia/CIS for 17 years.
Patagonia created a new position, a dedicated environmental advocate, and named Avi Garbow, former general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the post. Garbow will join Patagonia’s senior management team to ensure the company is doing everything it can to protect the planet.
Garbow served as the EPA’s general counsel under President Obama. In the new role, he will work in close partnership with teams across the company that are on the front lines of the company’s environmental work.
Ted Baker announced that Ray Kelvin resigned s CEO and as a director of Ted Baker plc. Kelvin had taken a voluntary leave of absence from his role in December after allegations of misconduct were made against him.
Since then, an internal independent committee has been in the process of investigating those allegations. The committee commissioned the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to investigate the allegations and the company’s policies, procedures and handling of human resources-related complaints. Kelvin has denied all allegations of misconduct.
Acting CEO Lindsay Page has agreed to continue in this role. The board has also asked David Bernstein to act as executive chairman to provide additional support to Page. Bernstein has indicated that he will continue in this position until no later than Nov. 30, by which time a successor will be appointed.
UPS named Kathleen Marran to the newly created role of vice president of marketing, diverse segments. UPS said the new position will help the company advance its global commitment to diversity and inclusion, focusing not only on customers, but vendors, employees and communities, too.
Marran, a 25-year UPS marketing veteran, will lead the company’s efforts to deliver growth-oriented solutions to minority- and women-owned businesses around the world. She will also lead a newly created external advisory panel that will focus on identifying and advancing opportunities for those businesses.
The appointment comes in conjunction with a series of new initiatives aimed at increasing growth opportunities for diverse customer segments around the world. These include the UPS Women Exporters Program, a global effort to help women business owners learn about exporting. The program will have the UPS Foundation partner with the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative, which helps to train and connect women entrepreneurs with buyers around the world.