Chico’s FAS, Inc. Appoints SVP of Merchandising & Design at Soma®

Fort Myers, Fla. — Chico’s FAS, Inc. has named Christine Munnelly as the senior vice president of merchandising & design at Soma®. She will be responsible for the product, design and overall strategy for Soma and will report directly to Molly Langenstein, CEO and president of Chico’s FAS.

With over 35 years of experience in the corporate retail landscape working for an accomplished portfolio of vertical specialty and department stores, Munnelly is a veteran in leading talented and diverse teams in merchandise lifecycle strategy, product development, e-commerce and building consumer-centric product.

Most recently, Munnelly served as senior vice president of merchandising at Ascena, where she led merchandising for Ann Taylor and LOFT. Prior to that role, she was the executive vice president of merchandising at New York & Company.

Throughout her career, Munnelly has held other executive leadership roles, including vice president of merchandising at Aeropostale. She was also a key member of the leadership team at Macy’s, where she served as the vice president of merchandising in the Junior Sportswear division during her 17-year stint at the company.

“Christine has a proven track record of results building customer-focused products with vast experience as a merchant and will be instrumental to the Soma brand continuing our growth strategy,” says Langenstein.

Chico’s FAS is a Florida-based fashion company founded in 1983 on Sanibel Island, Fla. As one of the leading fashion retailers in North America, Chico’s FAS is a company of three unique brands: Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma. As of July 30, 2022, the company operated 1,258 stores in the U.S. and sold merchandise through 58 international franchise locations in Mexico and two domestic franchise airport locations. For more information, visit





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