Kohl’s Department Stores appoints Sona Chawla Chief Operating Officer

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2015-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced the appointment of Sona Chawla to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to Kohl’s chairman, chief executive officer and president Kevin Mansell.

Chawla, who will join Kohl’s onNovember 30, will have leadership responsibility for Kohl’s full omnichannel operations. She will oversee all store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, e-commerce strategy, planning and operations, and store construction and design.

“The search for this role has been exhaustive and dynamic,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, chief executive officer 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 that 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.”

“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 Mansell. “Sona 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.”

“I’m very happy to join the Kohl’s team,” said Sona Chawla. “Today’s retail customer expects conveniences that make shopping easier and more inspiring, no matter where or how they shop. Kohl’s Greatness Agenda has set the strategic framework in place for the company to deliver a truly compelling and engaging shopping experience in-store, online and across digital devices. I’m thrilled to be part of the bright future at Kohl’s.”

Along with chief merchandising and customer officer Michelle Gass, Chawla is expected to be a potential candidate in the company’s long-term CEO succession planning.

Prior to joining Kohl’s, Chawla spent seven years with Walgreens in a variety of senior leadership roles including president of e-commerce. Most recently, Chawla was president of digital and chief marketing officer. During her tenure with Walgreens, Chawla led a team responsible for developing industry-leading digital innovations that significantly enhanced core aspects of the company’s customer experience such as refilling prescriptions in seconds, printing photos from smartphones directly to stores, enabling seamless shopping through the integration of their loyalty program, coupons and mobile payments in store and launching digital health coaching and telehealth. Prior to joiningWalgreens, she was vice president of global online business at Dell, Inc. Before Dell, she worked at Wells Fargo’s Internet Services Group, where she held several roles including executive vice president of online sales, service and marketing. Chawla also worked at Andersen Consulting and Mitchell Madison Group.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,166 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $274 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Source: Kohl’s Department Stores

Kohl’s Department Stores
Jen Johnson, 262-703-5241
Jen.Johnson@Kohls.com

 

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Sona Chawla, Chief Operating Officer, Kohl's (Photo: Business Wire)

Sona Chawla, Chief Operating Officer, Kohl’s (Photo: Business Wire)

Kohl’s Department Stores: LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection will debut at 7 p.m. ET tonight

Shoppable livestream on LCRunway.com offers all-access pass to fashion show starting at 7 p.m. ET

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., 2015-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced the LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection will debut at 7 p.m. ET tonight. A shoppable livestream at LCRunway.com will give viewers across the country their own New York Fashion Week runway show experience. Exclusive online content includes a special peek at the red carpet, runway and behind-the-scenes access, as well as the opportunity to purchase pieces from the collection online immediately after the show.

“Not only am I thrilled to debut this beautiful collection on the runway, I am excited to give everyone a front-row seat to the show and make the pieces immediately available through a shoppable livestream,” said Lauren Conrad. “I wanted to make this experience something every woman could be a part of and Kohl’s shared my vision every step of the way.”

Before the live runway event, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, tune in to see what’s happening backstage, see who’s wearing what and catch exclusive celebrity interviews. Lauren (@LCLaurenConrad), television personality and creator of TheLoDown.com Lo Bosworth (@LoBosworth) and blogger Liz Cherkasova(@LateAfternoon) from Late Afternoon will share their first-hand experiences using Periscope, a mobile app that streams live video broadcasts to followers around the world. Through the app users can chat and comment live with others watching the stream.

Following Lauren’s signature aesthetic of clean, polished and pretty, the Runway capsule includes styles not yet seen from the LC Lauren Conrad brand like high-waisted trousers, faux fur vests, novelty outerwear, as well as cocktail dresses. Pieces are layered with soft, frosted gray, rose gold metallics and dip-dyed hues of forest green and sage, inspired by the mystery and enchantment of the forest. Sprinkled with Victorian detailing to capture a youthful sense of sophistication, the collection tells a story of a modern day fairytale. Lace, crochet, florals, embellishment, tulle and sequins provide depth and personality to the collection’s dresses, skirts, blouses, jumpsuits, jackets and pants, while supple, pastel leather lends softness to the line’s handbags.

“Lauren has created a collection of elegant, runworthy-worthy pieces with thoughtful details that we are thrilled to share with our customers,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief merchandising and customer officer. “Even with the introduction of beautiful fabrics and intricate detailing, the collection remains affordable for our savvy shopper.”

The LC Lauren Conrad Runway Collection includes apparel, shoes, jewelry and sunglasses priced from$12 to $200 and handbags priced from $120 to $300. Each item in the assortment is designed by Lauren Conrad for a collection inspired by her style and will be available for a limited-time in-store and online at Kohls.com.

Following the show, the full collection will be available at LCRunway.com and Kohls.com. Select styles available in Kohl’s stores on Thursday, September 10 with new styles continuing to hit stores until December.

About Kohl’s
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,164 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $274 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

Connect with Kohl’s:

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Kohls)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/Kohls)

Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+Kohls)

Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)

Instagram (http://instagram.com/Kohls)

YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/kohls)

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Kohl’s intends forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “anticipates,” “plans,” or similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause Kohl’sactual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to those described in Item 1A in Kohl’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is expressly incorporated herein by reference, and other factors as may periodically be described in Kohl’s filings with the SEC.

Source: Kohl’s

Kohl’s
Desta Davis
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Ph: 262-703-3854
Email: Desta.Davis@Kohls.com