FALLS ó On Thursday, Kohlís Corporation announced the creation
of two positions: chief merchandising and customer officer and
chief operating officer.
Michelle Gass has been selected to fill the principal officer
position of chief merchandising and customer officer. As part of
this role, Gass has assumed oversight of all of Kohlís
merchandising, planning and allocation and product development
functions. She will continue to report to Kevin Mansell, Kohlís
chairman, chief executive officer and president.
Also, Gass has direct responsibility for Kohlís overall customer
engagement strategy, including the companyís marketing, public
relations and social media efforts.
To fill the chief operating officer position, Kohlís has started
an external search, according to the announcement. The chief
operating officer will have direct responsibility for the
companyís store operations, logistics and supply chain network,
information and digital technology, e-commerce strategy and
operations, and store construction and design. In the interim,
these functions are all being overseen by Mansell.
Along with Gass, the chief operating officer is expected to be a
potential candidate to succeed Mansell upon his eventual
Kohlís also announced that Wesley McDonald and Richard Schepp
have been promoted to principal officer positions. McDonald will
assume the newly created principal officer position of chief
financial officer. He previously served as senior executive vice
president, chief financial officer. Schepp will assume the newly
created principal officer position of chief administrative
officer. He previously served as senior executive vice
president, human resources, general counsel, and secretary.