Larry C. Barenbaum was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January 10, 2011. From October 19, 2010 to January 10, 2011, he served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as one of our directors since March 1992 and was Chair of our Board from December 2005 to January 10, 2011. Mr. Barenbaum has over 25 years of experience in the retail industry, having owned and operated an import, manufacturing and design company that focused on the fashion and retail industry, in addition to serving as a consultant to the special retail and services industry.
Michael J. Lyftogt was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective February 23, 2011. From March 2006 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, he was Vice President, Finance. He has also served as Chief Accounting Officer since July 2010. From March 1998 through February 2006, Mr. Lyftogt served as Controller. Mr. Lyftogt also has previous experience in public accounting.
Monica L. Dahl is the Company's Senior Vice President, e-Commerce, Planning & Allocation, and Strategy. Ms. Dahl previously served as Vice President of Business Development and, upon joining the Company in May 2004, was Director of Business Development. Prior to Christopher & Banks, Ms. Dahl held various leadership posts with Wilsons Leather from 1993 to 2004, a specialty retailer of leather outerwear, accessories and apparel. Ms. Dahl started her career at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Luke R. Komarek has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel since joining the Company in May 2007. He was also named Corporate Secretary in August 2007. Prior to joining Christopher & Banks, Mr. Komarek served as General Counsel for several public and private companies in the medical device, semiconductor and office imaging supply businesses.
Julie M. Rouse joined the Company as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager in October 2010. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Rouse acted in a consulting role for several companies and was Vice President of Merchandise for an e-Commerce company providing women's clothing. She also worked at Christopher & Banks from 1995 through 2008 in various capacities, including most recently as Vice President, General Merchandise Manager-CJ Banks.
Donna J. Fauchald joined the Company in February 2007 as Vice President, Real Estate and Construction. Prior to joining Christopher & Banks, Ms. Fauchald was employed by Pacific Sunwear and Wilsons Leather as Director of Real Estate.
Lisa M. Klein joined the Company in May 2008 as Senior Director, Allocation. In April 2011, she was promoted to Vice President, Information Technology. From June 2010 to March 2011, she was Vice President, Business Intelligence and Inventory Management. Prior to joining the Company, she was employed by Lane Bryant in various capacities, including the Merchandising, Planning & Allocation, Business Analysis and Technology departments.
Michelle Rice was elected Vice President, Store Operations effective February 23, 2011. Ms. Rice joined the Company in August 2008 and has served as Vice President, Stores, and as Regional Vice President of the Mid-West. Ms. Rice has over 20 years of retail industry experience, most recently holding the position of Regional Manager at Fashion Bug, a division of Charming Shoppes.
Cindy J. Stemper joined the Company in October 2010 as Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to joining Christopher & Banks, Ms. Stemper held the role of Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Services for MoneyGram International, where she worked in a variety of Human Resources roles for over 20 years. Over the tenure of her career in Human Resources, Ms. Stemper has worked in a variety of diverse industries including healthcare, food manufacturing, retail and financial services.
Michael J. Tripp has served as Vice President, Supply Chain and Logistics since joining the Company in June 2008. Prior to joining Christopher & Banks, Mr. Tripp served as Vice President, Global Logistics, Ecommerce and Wholesale for Wilsons Leather, a specialty retailer of leather outerwear and accessories from January 2000 to June 2008. Mr. Tripp also has managed distribution center operations for K-Mart and Target.