LuAnn Via Heads to Christopher & Banks

LuAnn Via is moving on.

While being honored at the 2012 H.U.G. Awards Gala in New York on Wednesday night, the former Payless ShoeSource CEO told Footwear News she will take the helm at Christopher & Banks, a Minnesota-based women’s retailer that operates about 680 stores.

Via left her position at Payless last month and will officially start her new job on Nov. 26, assuming the role of president and CEO.

“I’ll be back in apparel, which will be fun,” Via said. “It’s another chapter in my career and I’m very excited about this new opportunity.”

Prior to joining Payless, she held positions at Lane Bryant and Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Accompanied by former colleagues and designer Christian Siriano at the event, Via said she will miss working with her team at Payless.

“It’s been a great ride and I loved the company,” she said. “Hopefully, these relationships stay for a long time because they’re great people.”

Siriano, who is a Payless collaborator and presented Via with the 2012 H.U.G. Award, said he would be open to working with the former CEO again.

“LuAnn was a big part of why I came to collaborate with Payless,” he said. “We’ll still keep in touch, so maybe I’ll get to work with her again down the road.”

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