December 17, 2015 – Herbert Mines Associates has placed Sona Chawla as chief operating officer of Kohl’s. Ms. Chawla now gets in line as a viable choice to become the company’s next CEO. Kohl’s is a specialty department store with 1,166 stores in 49 states.
“The search for this role has been exhaustive and dynamic,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, CEO and president. “As our future vision for Kohl’s developed under our ‘greatness agenda,’ the search for this role dramatically evolved. We saw an enormous opportunity to create something truly unique in retail – a leader who has oversight for the full omnichannel experience. When stores, online and digital teams are not just compatible but truly integrated, new thinking and new ways of delivering a seamless customer experience emerge.”
Ms. Chawla previously spent seven years with Walgreens in a variety of senior leadership roles including president of e-commerce. Most recently, she was president of digital and chief marketing officer. During her tenure with Walgreens, she led a team responsible for developing industry-leading digital innovations that significantly enhanced core aspects of the company’s customer experience. Prior to joining Walgreens, she was vice president of global online business at Dell, Inc.
“We’ve never been more clear about the future of the company or the types of leaders that we need in place to deliver against our vision and Sona is exactly the right leader to join us,” said Mr. Mansell. “She will lead the seamless integration of all of our operations – from our stores to our website to all of our digital touchpoints with our customers. Her depth of experience in retail and her understanding of how to fully integrate technology and e-commerce into a retail experience will help Kohl’s elevate our customer conveniences across all channels.”
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Herbert Mines Associates is a specialist search boutique focusing on the retail, luxury, consumer products, hospitality & food service, fashion/apparel, and e-commerce industries. The firm is noted for its C-level recruiting work, placing presidents, chief operating officers and CEOs at a number of branded retailers including: Coach; Fred’s; Neiman Marcus; Payless ShoeSource; Ulta Beauty; Mama Rosa’s Pizza; Oregon Ice Cream Co.; Abercrombie & Fitch; Fender; Black Diamond; Bare Snacks; and Hollister Co.
The New York-based search firm recently placed Shelley Broader as president and CEO of Fort Myers-headquartered Chico’s FAS as well as R. Shawn Neville as CEO of footwear company Aerosoles. It has been retained by retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. to lead its search for a new CEO.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media