Kevin Mansell, chairman, chief executive officer and president, is responsible for Kohl’s long-term growth and profitability along with strategic direction.
Mansell has held a number of progressive positions within the company. He 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, Mansell was named president and director. He was promoted to Kohl’s CEO in 2008 and named chairman of the board in 2009.
Mansell began his career in retail in 1975, joining the Venture Store division of May Department Stores, where he held a variety of positions in buying and merchandising.
Kohl's Corporation, d.b.a. Kohl's, is an American department store retail chain. The first store was a supermarket founded in 1946, and the first department store was founded in 1962. In 1972, British-American Tobacco Company took a controlling interest in the company and the Kohl family left the management of the company in 1979. A group of investors purchased the company in 1986 from British-American Tobacco and later took it public in 1992. It is the second largest department store by retail sales in the United States after Macy's.