The Cato Corporation’s CFO to Retire; Successor Named

Charlotte, N.C. — John R. Howe, executive vice president and chief financial officer of The Cato Corporation, plans to retire on January 17, 2022 following 35 years of service with the company. He will remain employed with Cato through May 1, 2022 to assist with the transition.

Chuck Knight will succeed Howe as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective January 17, 2022. He joins the company following previous service with The Vitamin Shoppe, first as senior vice president, chief accounting officer, and then as executive vice president, chief financial officer. Prior to that, Knight was senior vice president, corporate controller for Toys “R” Us.

“I’d like to sincerely thank John Howe for his many contributions to Cato over the last 35 years, including the last 13 as CFO and in numerous positions with our finance team during his career with the company,” says John P.D. Cato, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “His steady hand and effective leadership have enabled the company to soundly finance its operations and growth over the years.”

The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced fashion apparel and accessories operating three concepts: “Cato,” “Versona” and “It’s Fashion.” For more information, visit and




SOURCE: The Cato Corporation


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