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Chico's FAS, Inc. Announces Management Additions


FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) today announced two additions to its management team as part of its continuing effort to position the Company for future growth.


Manuel O. Jessup joins the Company as Senior Vice President - Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. Jessup will be responsible for overseeing all human resources functions and activities for the more than 12,000 Chico's associates. As a member of the executive management committee, he will be charged with implementing corporate initiatives to attract, develop, and retain talent. He will also provide advice and counsel to the Compensation and Benefits Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Jessup will report to Scott A. Edmonds, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Jessup was previously employed by Sara Lee Branded Apparel where he most recently served as Corporate Vice President, Human Resources. During his 21 year career at Sara Lee he also served as Global Vice President, Human Resources, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Latin America and Asia, as well as Vice President, Human Resources, Sara Lee Hosiery. Prior to joining Sara Lee, Mr. Jessup held human resources management positions at Levi Strauss and J.P. Stevens.

Heath A. Miller joins the Company as Vice President - Executive Creative Director, and will be responsible for managing the creative teams for the Chico's, White House | Black Market, and Soma by Chico's brands. Mr. Miller was previously with The Limited, Inc., and will report to Michael Leedy, Chief Marketing Officer.

Scott A. Edmonds commented, "I am delighted to welcome both Manuel and Heath to the Chico's family. Manuel's international human resources management experience will enable us to remain globally competitive in attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional talent across our brands. Heath's extensive creative experience should further enhance our commitment to deliver an exciting and fully integrated brand experience for our customers. I expect Manuel and Heath will play an important role in contributing to the Company's continued growth and success."

The Company is a specialty retailer of private label, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items. The Company operates 847 women's specialty stores, including stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico operating under the Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma by Chico's and Fitigues names. The Company owns 525 Chico's front-line stores, 32 Chico's outlet stores, 223 White House | Black Market front-line stores, 12 White House | Black Market outlet stores, 31 Soma by Chico's stores, 10 Fitigues front-line stores and 1 Fitigues outlet store; franchisees own and operate 13 Chico's stores.

Certain statements contained herein, including without limitation, statements addressing the beliefs, plans, objectives, estimates or expectations of the Company or future results or events constitute "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements involve known or unknown risks, including, but not limited to, general economic and business conditions, and conditions in the specialty retail industry. There can be no assurance that the actual future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur. Users of forward-looking statements are encouraged to review the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, its filings on Form 10-Q, management's discussion and analysis in the Company's latest annual report to stockholders, the Company's filings on Form 8-K, and other federal securities law filings for a description of other important factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that projected results expressed or implied in such statements will not be realized.

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     Executive Contacts:

     Charles J. Kleman
     Executive Vice President
     Chief Financial Officer
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4105

     F. Michael Smith
     Vice President
     Investor and Community Relations
     Chico's FAS, Inc.
     (239) 274-4797
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Community Relations, +1-239-274-4797, both of Chico's FAS, Inc./
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CO:  Chico's FAS, Inc.
ST:  Florida

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