LuAnn Via, Vice Chairperson
LuAnn Via has served as a member of the Board of Directors since April 2012, was named Vice Chairperson in March 2021, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also served as a member of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. Via is currently an Independent Public and Private Board Director, and a Retail/Manufacturing Advisor. Prior to this, from 2012 to 2017 Ms. Via was President, CEO and an Executive Board Member of Christopher & Banks Corporation, a women's specialty retailer; a company that previously operated more than 500 retail stores. Ms. Via served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Payless ShoeSource, a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., with over 4000 stores in 50 countries from July 2008 to October 2012 when the company was acquired and taken private. Before joining Payless, from January 2006 Ms. Via served as group divisional President of Lane Bryant and Cacique store chains and as President of Catherines stores, both divisions of Charming Shoppes, Inc. Prior to this, and for more than 20 years, Ms. Via held several senior leadership positions with a number of top retailers. Ms. Via is a member of Women Corporate Directors, the only global membership organization of women directors of corporate and large privately held companies and The Committee of 200, an invitation only membership organization of the world's most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. We believe Ms. Via's qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors include her experience in retail/wholesale sales, manufacturing, marketing, ecommerce as well as her extensive experience as a CEO and Senior Executive of several publicly-listed companies.
Vice-Chair of the Board