Kohl’s Corporation Board of Directors recently announced that Kevin Mansell has been named chairman of the board, effective September 1, 2009.  Mansell, a 27-year veteran of the organization, will also continue to serve as president and chief executive officer. This move is part of Kohl’s ongoing executive succession planning process. “Kevin is a proven executive as he assumes the role of chairman,” said Larry Montgomery, who is retiring from his position as chairman of the Board of Directors. “His strategic vision and continued demonstrated ability to successfully lead, especially in today’s increasingly challenging and competitive marketplace, positions Kohl’s for long term success.  Kevin, in hand with our seasoned leadership team and associate base of over 120,000 strong, will lead Kohl’s into the next decade as an even stronger, more powerful company with incredible growth opportunity.” The company will remain focused on its four strategic initiatives – merchandising, marketing, inventory management and the in-store experience. This is reflective of the company’s effort to grow and capture market share while continuing to differentiate Kohl’s in the marketplace. Mansell joined Kohl’s in 1982 as a divisional merchandise manager and was promoted to general merchandise manager in 1987. Over the next nine years, his responsibilities expanded to include merchandise planning and allocation. Mansell was promoted to senior executive vice president of merchandising and marketing in 1998. The following year, he was named president.  In 2008, he was named chief executive officer.